Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana

July 8, 1878 (Rome)- July 4, 1936 (Toronto)

Picture of Picture of Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana
Picture of Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana
Picture of Picture of Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana
Picture of Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana
Picture of Picture of Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana
Ferrari-Fontana studied medicine, but gave it up in 1902. He entered the Italian diplomatic service.

He went, as a secretary, to the Italian consulate in Montevideo. It was there that his vocal talent began to assert itself.

He started singing small Baritone parts in Operettas and Musicals in Brazil around 1906. He toured Brazil and Argentina with an Operetta company around 1907.

He moved back to Italy in 1908 and continued his career singing Operettas and Musicals.

He made his tenor debut as Tritan in Torino at the Regio on December 29, 1909 with Elsa Bland, Maria Curellich, Francesco Maria Bonini and Josè Torres de Luna. It must be noted that he shared the role Edoardo Garbin.

Ferrari-Fontana sang in many major European theaters, including: Paris (Opéra ra (Otello on June 20, 1914), Th. des Champs Elysees (Otello during May with Melba Nellie/Marcel Lucille, Vanni Marcoux Jean-Emile)), Scala (1909 in Boris Godunov with Fyodor Shalyapin, and the world premiere of Italo Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre Re (April 10 , 1913)), Barcelona, Madrid, and South America.

On October 21, 1910), he sang Tannhäuser, alongside Riccardo Stracciari and then Giuseppe De Luca at the Comunale in Bologna, where he also sang Pollione in 1910 in Norma with Ester Mazzoleni and in 1912 Tristan.

He also sang sang at the MET where he sang Avito in L'Amore dei tre Re 11 times between January 2, 1914 (with Bori, Amato, Badà) and April 10, 1915.

At one time, he was married to the soprano Margarethe Matzenauer (1881-1963).

He retired to Toronto, where he opened a singing school, He died there in 1936.

Some of his performances include:

Cavalleria Rusticana
1913, Boston - Opera House during December (Sharing with Léon Lafitte) with Amsden Elisabeth/White Carolina, Rienskaia Lydia/Leveroni Elisa, Angelini Fornari R.
La fanciulla del west
1911, Buenos Aires - Teatro Colon during July with Agostinelli Adelina, Titta Ruffo
1911, Montevideo - Teatro Urquiza during August with Agostinelli Adelina , Titta Ruffo
Otello
1914, Paris - Champs Elysees during May with Melba Nellie/Marcel Lucille, Vanni Marcoux Jean Emile
1914, Paris - Opéra on June 20
Pagliacci
1913, Boston - Opera House during December with Nielsen Alice, Ancona Mario, Everett George, Giaccone Ernesto
1914, Paris - Champs Elysees during May (Sharing with Martinelli Giovanni) with Destinn Emmy/Muzio Claudia, Ancona Mario/Amato Pasquale, Pulcini Attilio/ Angelini Fornari Rodolfo, Fusco Natale
1915, Chicago - Civic Opera House during december wit Melis Carmen , Ancona Mario
Tannhäuser
1910, Ferrara - Teatro Comunale during May with Siebanech Lina, Lahoska Aga, Segura Tallien Josè, Friggi Pietro, Gorrelli Enrico
1910, Bologna - Teatro Comunale during October with Bland Elsa, Llacer Maria, Stracciari Riccardo/De Luca Giuseppe, Cirino Giulio, Richards Pietro
1911, Torino Teatro Regio during February with Bland Elsa/Petrella Oliva, Hotkowska Ladislava, Bonini Francesco Maria, Torres de Luna Josè
1911, Buenos aires - Teatro Colon during May with Pasini Vitale Lina, De Falken, De Luca Giuseppe, De Angelis Nazzareno, Lussardi Gino
1911, Montevideo - Teatro Urquiza during August with Pasini Vitale Lina, De Falken, De Luca Giuseppe, De Angelis Nazzareno, Lussardi Gino
Norma
1910, Bologna - Teatro Comunale during November(Sharing with Castellani Fausto) with Mazzoleni Ester, Garibaldi Luisa, Cirino Giulio
1912, Napoli - Teatro San Carlo during January with Mazzoleni Ester/Capella Juanita, Fiammingo Olga, Torres de Luna Josè
1912, Torino - Teatro Regio during February with Capella Juanita, Fiammingo Olga , Torres de Luna Josè
1912. Milano - La Scala during Amrch with Burzio Eugenia, Druetti Emma, Torres de Luna Josè
1913, Milano - La Scala during March with Russ Giannina, Garibaldi Luisa, De Angelis Nazzareno
Tristan und Isolde
1909, Torino - Teatro Regio during December (Sharing with Garbin) with Bland Elsa, Curellich Maria, Bonini Francesco Maria, Torres de Luna Josè
1911, Torino - Teatro Regio during March with Bland Elsa, Hotkowska Ladislava, Bonini Francesco Maria, Quinzi Tapergi Giuseppe
1911, Buenos Aires - Teatro Colon during August with Pasini Vitale Lina, Garibaldi Luisa, Titta Ruffo, De Angelis Nazzareno
1911, Sao Paolo, - Teatro Municipal during September with Pasini Vitale Lina, Perini Flora, Titta Ruffo, Ludikar Pavel
1911, Napoli - Teatro San Carlo during December with Mazzoleni Ester, Petri Elisa, Romboli Arturo, Torres de Luna Josè
1912, Buenos Aires - Teatro Colon during May with Weidt Lucia, Gagliardi Cecilia/Matzenauer Margarete, Amato Pasquale, De Angelis Nazzareno
1912, Bologna - Teatro Comunale during December (Sharing with Mariani Carlo) with Burchi Teresa, Petri Elisa, Passuello Amerigo, Benazzo Liani Ernesto
1913, Boston - Opera House during January (Sharing with Burrian Karl/Urlus Jacques) with Fremstad Olive/Saltzman Stevens Minnie/Nordica Lillian, Gay Maria, Weil Hermann/Goritz Otto/Buers Herman, Lankow Edward
1913, Botson - Opera House durign November with Matzenauer Marguerite, Niessen Stone Matja, Weil Hermann/Amato Pasquale, Ludikar Pavel
1914, Milano - Teatro La Scala during March with Pinto Amelia, Garibaldi Luisa, Viglione Borghese Domenico, Berardi Berardo
1914, Paris Champs Elysées during May (Sharing with Cornelius Peter) with Van der Osten Eva/Matzenauer Margarete, Claussen Julia/De Cisneros Eleonora, Kiess August/Amato Pasquale, Fonss Johannes
1920, Lisbon Teatro San Carlos during February with Turchetti Ofelia, Gay Maria, Sarobe Celestino, Olaizola Gabriele
1920, Buenos Aires, - Teatro Colon during May with Ruszkowska Elena, Claessens Maria, Cigada Francesco, Ludikar Pavel
1920, Montevideo -Solis on August 24 with Ruszkowska Elena, Claessens Maria, Cigada Francesco, Ludikar Pavel
1920, Rio de Janeiro - Teatro Municipal during September with Ruszkowska Elena, Claessens Maria, Cigada Francesco, Ludikar Pavel

Reference
Reference Kutsch & Riemens
Edoardo Ferrari-FontanaOtello: Nium mi tema

Edoardo Ferrari-FontanaTosca: E lucevan le stelle
In RA Format

Repertory

Die Lustige Witwe-Italian Premiere
A Waltz Dream-Italy
Blue Moon-Italy
Hans, le joueur de flute-Italy
Tristan und Isolde-Torino, Regio, 23 December 1909
Guglielmo Ratcliff-Torino, Regio
Aura (Composer Zanella)-Pesaro, 27 August 1910
Tannhäuser-Bologna, Comunale, 21 October 1910
La Vestale-Torino, Regio
Norma-Bologna, Comunale
Don Sebastiano-Roma, Costanzi, 12 April 1911
La Fanciulla del West-Buenos Aires, Summer 1911
Samson et Dalila-Boston
Cavalleria Rusticana-Boston
Pagliacci-Boston
I Gioielli della Madonna-Boston
L'Amore dei tre Re-Milano, Scala, 10 April 1913
Otello-Paris, Th. Des Champs Elysées, May 1914
Carmen
Tosca
Aida
Lohengrin
Die Götterdämmerung
Siegfried
Die Walküre

Picture of Picture of Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana's label
Discography

Columbia, New York, 1914/5
36877-1 I Gioielli della Madonna: Madonna dei dolori     UNPUBLISHED
36877-2 I Gioielli della Madonna: Madonna dei dolori     36877	A5663	CRS31	GV61
36878-1 I Gioielli della Madonna: Madonna, con sospiri   UNPUBLISHED
36878-2 I Gioielli della Madonna: Madonna, con sospiri   36878	A5663	CRS31	GV61
37235-1 Otello: Nium mi tema                             UNPUBLISHED
37235-2 Otello: Nium mi tema                             37235	A5721	GV61
37237-1 Carmen: Il fior                                  37237	A5721
37268-1 Otello: Già nella notte densa                    UNPUBLISHED
        with Matzenauer
37269-1 Otello: Ed io vedea la tue tempie                UNPUBLISHED
        With Matzenauer
39259-1 Tristan und Isolde: Noto, Regina è me il         UNPUBLISHED
39259-2 Tristan und Isolde: Noto, Regina è me il         39259	A1731	GV61	ML6099	TAP T-322
39260-1 Pagliacci: Un tal gioco, credetemi               UNPUBLISHED
39260-2 Pagliacci: Un tal gioco, credetemi               39260	A1731	GV61
45613-1 M'ama non m'ama                                  UNPUBLISHED

Odeon, Milano, 1915
xm 1327 Lohengrin: Cigno fedel                           37821 (Parlophone N° 98)
xm 1328 Lohengrin: Sei torna alfin                       37822 (Parlophone N° 98)
 
Edison, New York, 1916/8/23
4331-A  Pagliacci: Vesti la Giubba                       UNPUBLISHED
4331-B  Pagliacci: Vesti la Giubba                       UNPUBLISHED
4331-F  Pagliacci: Vesti la Giubba                       UNPUBLISHED
4331-G  Pagliacci: Vesti la Giubba                       UNPUBLISHED
4331-H  Pagliacci: Vesti la Giubba                       UNPUBLISHED
4331-C  Pagliacci: Vesti la Giubba                       UNPUBLISHED
4332-A  Tosca: E lucevan le stelle                       83047
4332-B  Tosca: E lucevan le stelle                       UNPUBLISHED
4332-C  Tosca: E lucevan le stelle                       UNPUBLISHED
6435-A  Inno di Garibaldi                                UNPUBLISHED
6435-B  Inno di Garibaldi                                UNPUBLISHED
6435-C  Inno di Garibaldi                                82555	GV92
6456-A  Luna Cortese                                     UNPUBLISHED
6456-B  Luna Cortese                                     UNPUBLISHED		GV61
6456-C  Luna Cortese                                     UNPUBLISHED
6456-F  Luna Cortese                                     UNPUBLISHED
6456-G  Luna Cortese                                     UNPUBLISHED
6456-H  Luna Cortese                                     UNPUBLISHED
9280-A  Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba                       UNPUBLISHED
9280-B  Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba                       UNPUBLISHED
9280-C  Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba                       UNPUBLISHED
I wish to thanks Dr Eduardo Marcelino Herrera for the additions to the discography.
Reference: The Record Collector, Volume 36, March 1991.

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