Guido Volpi

Guido Volpi sings Mefistofele: Dai campi, dai prati
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Guido Volpi was born in 1889 in Castelnuovo del Zappa, located 5-6 Km from Cremona. Volpi started learning music with maestro Caudana with he remained friend until his death in 1944. At La Spezia, Volpi studied with the composer Domenico Cortopassi. Another teacher was maestro Ottorino Vertova . Volpi started appearing in concerts when he was about 22/23 years old. In 1914, Volpi made his debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème at a theater around Mantova, Following that, Volpi sang in Cavalleria Rusticana and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Sonnambula, Fra Diavolo, and Traviata (at Vercelli and Spezia) following Bohème. Still in the military, Volpi stopped all activities during the four years of the war. During December 1918, Volpi gave a concert at an hospital in Piacenza, and that was his last military act. Volpi sang shortly after in Cuneo in Cavalleria Rustican during February 1919.
La Provincia diCremona wrote that he sang also Tosca in Cuneo, Traviata and Rigoletto at the Chiarella di Torino and Tosca at the Teatro Morgana in Roma with great success.
Unfortunately Volpi did not keep a diary of his appearances and unless an extensive newspaper research is done, most of the dates will not be known.

Volpi retired in 1936. He died suddenly in 1944

Repertory
Il Signor Bruschino
La Cambiale di Matrimonio
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
L'Elisir d'Amore
Lucia di Lammermoor
La Favorita
Don Pasquale
Luisa Miller
Ernani
Un Ballo in Maschera
Falstaff
La Sonnambula
Cavalleria Rusticana
L'Amico Fritz
Iris
Lodoletta
L'Arlesiana
Adriana Lecouvreur
Fedora
Andrea Chenier
La Gioconda
Manon Lescaut
La Bohème
Tosca
Madama Butterfly
Il Tabaroo
Gianni Schicchi
Mefistofele
Manon
Werther
Carmen
I Pescatori di Perle
L'Africana
Boris Godunov
Faust
Lohengrin
Il Gatto dagli stivali di Stivali
Beatrice Cenci

Some dates and Performances

Piacenza
Teatro Politeama, 19 November 1913, Fra Diavolo
Teatro Politeama, 11 December 1918, La Bohème

Cuneo
Teatro Toselli, February 1919, Cavalleria Rusticana, Tosca

Torino
Teatro Chiarella, April 1919, La traviata, Rigolett

Bari
Teatro Petruzzelli, April 1919. La Sonnambula

Roma
Teatro Morgana, May 1919, Tosca

La Spezia Teatro Duca di Genova, November 1919, La Bohème

Piacenza
Teatro Politeama, December 1919, La Bohème

Torino
Teatro Scribe,March 1920, La Bohème

Alessandria
Teatro Municipale, February and December 1922, Cavalleria Rusticana

Crema
Teatro Sociale, February 1922, La Bohème

Sermide
Teatro Sociale, August 1922, Cavalleria Rusticana
Venezia
Teatro Malibran, April 1923, La Traviata

Cologno
Teatro Sociale, November 1923, Manon

Venezia
La Fenice, December 1923 to end of February 1924, Manon, Falstaff

Genova
Teatro Carlo Felice, March 1924, Falstaff

Ancona
Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, April/June 1924, La Traviata, Adriana Lecouvreur

Firenze
Teatro La Pergola, June 1924, Madama Butterfly

Bergamo
Teatro Sociale, 1924?, Don Pasquale

Brescia
Teatro Sociale, December 1924 to January 1925, La Bohème, Tosca

Genova
Teatro Carlo Felice, February/March 1925, La Bohème, Falstaff, Gianni Schicchi

Fiume
Teatro Verdi, March 1925, La Bohème

Urbino
Teatro Sanzio, April 1925, Madama Butterfly

Piacenza
Teatro Municipale, June 1925, La Bohème

Piacenza
Teatro Municipale, January 1926, Boris Godunov

Verona
Teatro Filarmonico, ?, Boris Godunov

Losanna
Grand Théâtre, Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Trento
Teatro Sociale, ?, Madama Butterfly

Napoli
Teatro Politeama, ?, Madama Butterfly

Como
Teatro Sociale, January 1926, Falstaff

Savona
Teatro Wanda, Stagione 1926, La Bohème

Bergamo
Teatro Duse, 1926?, Manon

Varese
Teatro Sociale, September/October 1926, Falstaff

Como
Teatro Sociale, February-March 1927, Boris Godunov

Brescia
Teatro Sociale, ?, Mefistofele
Volterra
?,?, L'Amico Fritz

Fiume
Teatro Verdi, ?, Boris Godunov

Pisa
?,?, L'Amico fritz

Livorno
Teatro Politema, ?, L'Amico Fritz

Cremona
La Traviata, Teatro Politeama, ?, La Traviata

Lecce
Teatro Politeama D. Greco, Satgione Lirica 1929, Adriana Lecouvreur

Cremona
Teatro Ponchielli, May 1934, Mefistofele

Tour in South America 1927-1929 (Company Bracale)
L'Avana (La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana), Puortorico(Traviata, Bohème), Medellin (Tosca, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen), Caracas (La Bohème) among others.

Tour in Tunisia and Algeria
Rigoletto, La Favorita, La Gioconda, Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Reference: Mauro Volpi: Guido Volpi, Tenore Lirico, 1889-1944.
This book is more a recollections of the tenor by his son then a detailed research of his career as the dates found in the book were provided only by the documentation in possession of the family.

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