Francesco Conti

1874 Palermo - ?

Conti graduated as an accountant. He studied singing with Maestro Cantelli.

In 1900, he made his debut as baritone. However his ease with high notes convinced him he was a tenor.

He made his tenor debut in 1902 as Pollione at the Apollo in Lugano without any rehearsal.

In 1921, when he was at Palermo for the season at the Politeam Garibaldi, he was with a woman when her husband, the tenor Matteo Bruno, discovered them and shot his wife dead.

His tenor career evolved as follows:

1902 Lugano, Biella, Este, Malta
1903 Malta
1904 Palermo, Biella, Catania, Zara
1905 Parma (Regio), Catania, Belem
1908 Savona
1909 Savona, Bologna, Oporto, Reggio Emilia
1910 Reggio Emilia, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo
1911 Casale Monferrato
1912 Marsala
1913 Ferrara, Santa Maria Capua Vetere
1914 Bologna
1917 Corfu
1921 Palermo
1923 Roma (Guglielmo Tell, Adriano, 13 October 1923, with Colasanti, Beuf, Zaccarini, Ferrari)

His repertory included: Pollione, Chenier, Canio, Pery, Ruy Blas, Ernani, Radames, Otello, Alfeo (Aretusa by Casalaina), Piero (Nel sempione by Costantino), Manrico, Federico, Alvaro, Paolo (Moena by Pacheco), Samson, Cavaradossi, Riccardo (Maria di Rohan), Arnoldo, ...

Selected Performances
Otello
1903, during January (Sharing with Mariani Carlo) La Valletta/Malta - Teatro Reale with Tebro Ernestina, Cigada Francesco
1905, during May Belem - Teatro Paz with Silva Laura, Vinci Salvatore
1908, during December Savona - Teatro Chiabrera with Tacchi Emma, Del Grillo Pio
1909, during March Bologna - Teatro Del Corso with Corsi Emilia, Dadone Bartolomeo
1910, during March Reggio Emilia - Teatro Municipale with Massa Jole, Bozzoli Iginio
1910, during June Rio de Janeiro - Teatro Lirico with Tacchi Emma/Poli Randaccio Tina, Giraldoni Eugenio
1910, during July San Paolo - Politeama with Tacchi Emma, Viglione Borghese Domenico
1911, during October Casale Monferrato - Teatro Sociale with De Silva Herminia, Zuffo Mino
1912, during February Marsala - Teatro Garibaldi with Corneri Elena, Parigi Galileo
1913, during May Santa Maria Capua Vetere - Teatro Comunale with Rossini Maria, Viggiani Giuseppe
1923, during June Roma - Teatro Adriano with Carugati Thea/Di Pisa Antonietta, Beuf Augusto

Tosca
1909, during February (Sharing with Gasparri Galileo) Savona - Teatro Chiabrera with Cutti Berta, Del Grillo Pio

Il Trovatore
1903, during July Biella - Teatro Sociale with Barbera Lina, Badini Maria, Aldobrandi Filippo, Paer Alessandro
1905, during June Belem - Teatro Paz with Poli Randaccio Tina, Longhi Emma, Vinci Salvatore, Fiore Michele
1909, during November Oporto - Teatro Prince Real with Araclil, Monti Brunner Linda, Morro Mattia/Rebonato Gaetano, Gaudio Mansueto
1910, during June San Paolo - Politeama with Poli Randaccio Tina, Gramegna Anna, Viglione Borghese Domenico, Torres de Luna JosŤ
1914, during January, Bologna - Teatro Del Corso with Baldini Maria, Gramegna Anna, Zuffo Mino

Pagliacci
1902, during August Biella - Teatro Sociale with Calvi Marina, Aldobrandi Filippo, Negrini Antonio, Font Vittorio
1904, during April Palermo - Teatro Massimo with Degli Abbati Armanda/Grassi Gargiulo Giuseppina, Polese Giovanni/Amato Pasquale/Aineto Marino, Di Gennaro Osvaldo, Cecchi Ernesto
1904, during July Catania - Politeama Pacini with Ardizzoni Tosi Luisa/Garagnani Carolina/Rapisardi Fernanda, Schottler Giorgio/Tudisco Umberto, Omodei Ercole/Bruno
1905, during May Belem - Teatro Paz Aifos Sofia, Vinci Salvatore, Cerratelli Arturo, Maini Primo
1910, during August San Paolo - Politeama with Allegri Elisa, Giraldoni Eugenio, Federici Francesco, Algos Angelo
Francesco Conti sings Andrea Chenier: Vicino a te, with Bianca Besalý

Francesco Conti sings La Gioconda: Enzo Grimaldo, with Ernesto Badini

Chronology

1902      
05 Lugano Teatro Apollo NORMA (Pollione)
07/08 Biella Teatro Sociale ANDREA CHENIER (Chenier) / PAGLIACCI (Canio)
09 Este Teatro Sociale ANDREA CHENIER (Chenier)
11/12 Malta Teatro Reale GUARANY (Pery) / RUY BLAS (Ruy Blas) / ERNANI (Ernani)
       
1903      
01 Malta Teatro Reale AIDA (Radames) / OTELLO (Otello)
       
1904      
04 Palermo Teatro Massimo PAGLIACCI (Canio) / ARETUSA di R.Casalaina (Alfeo) / NEL SEMPIONE di L.Costantino (Piero)
07 Biella Teatro Sociale TROVATORE (Manrico)
07 Catania Politeama Pacini PAGLIACCI (Canio) / RIGOLETTO (Duca)
10 Zara Teatro Comunale GERMANIA (Federico)
       
1905      
01 Parma Teatro Regio GERMANIA (Federico)
01 Catania Teatro Bellini AIDA (Radames)
05/06 Belem Teatro Paz AIDA (Radames) / GUARANY (Pery) / OTELLO (Otello) / PAGLIACCI (Canio) / FORZA DEL DESTINO (Don Alvaro) / MOEMA di A.Pacheco (Paolo) / SANSONE E DALIDA (Sansone) / TROVATORE (Manrico)
       
1908      
12 Savona Teatro Chiabrera OTELLO (Otello)
       
1909      
01/02 Savona Teatro Chiabrera TOSCA (Cavaradossi)
03 Bologna Teatro Del Corso OTELLO (Otello)
11 Oporto Teatro Prince Real AIDA (Radames) / TROVATORE (Manrico)
12 Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale OTELLO (Otello)
       
1910      
01 Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale MARIA DI ROHAN (Riccardo)
06 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Lirico OTELLO (Otello)
07 San Paolo Politeama AIDA (Radames) / GERMANIA (Federico)
       
1911      
10 Casale Monferrato Teatro Sociale OTELLO (Otello)
       
1912      
02 Marsala Teatro Garibaldi OTELLO (Otello)
       
1913      
03 Ferrara Teatro Comunale AIDA (Radames)
05 Santa Maria Capua Vetere Teatro Garibaldi OTELLO (Otello)
       
1914      
01/02 Bologna Teatro Del Corso TROVATORE (Manrico) / AIDA (Radames)
       
1917      
01 Corfý Teatro Nuovo AIDA (Radames)
       
1923      
05 Roma Teatro Adriano GUGLIELMO TELL (Arnoldo) / OTELLO (Otello)

Discography

Gramophone,  Milano 
900ah Aida (Verdi): Pur ti riveggo (w. Fanny Lotti)                             54461
901ah Aida (Verdi): Si fuggiam (w. Fanny Lotti)                                 54462
203aj Aida (Verdi): Morir, si pura e bella (w. Fanny Lotti)                     054309
204aj Aida (Verdi): O terra addio (w. Fanny Lotti)                              054310
905ah Gioconda (Ponchielli): Enzo Grimaldo (w. Ernesto Badini)                  54438,   R3323   Victor 45033 A
906ah Gioconda (Ponchielli): O grido di quest'anima (w. Ernesto Badini)         54439,   R3323
910ah Otello (Verdi): Giŗ nella notte densa (w. Fanny Lotti)                    54437,   R3481
212aj Otello (Verdi): Quando narravi (w. Fanny Lotti)                           054301,  S3478
213aj Otello (Verdi): Venga la morte (w. Fanny Lotti)                           054308,  S3478
947ah Andrea Chťnier (Giordano): Vicino a te (w. Bianca Besalý)                 54468
970ah Samson et Dalila (Saint-SaŽns): Spezza i ceppi (w. chorus)                2-52798, R3575
246aj Aida (Verdi): Nume custode (w. Amleto Galli & chorus)                     054302
248aj Otello (Verdi): Uragano (w. Ermanno Pezzuti, ernesto Badini & chorus)     05430
Source for the chronology, picture, recordings and discography the extraordinary Website of Roberto Marcocci.

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