Mario Roussel

Mario Roussel was the unfortunate singer who created Silvio in Pagliacci, and for years it was written that it was Ancona. People who think they know everything, such as Ward Marston absolutely swore it was Ancona, and when asked why he thought so because I had a review of the premiere in my hands, answered because Moran said so. It is somewhat similar to an answer given by the late Mike Richter to an opera expert AfroPoli regarding Olivero having sung in Cavalleria rusticana: Olivero did not sing in Cavalleria rusticana because I say so, in spite of an existing picture supporting Olivero having sung Santuzza.

When researching Cardinali in the 1901 Rivista Teatrale Melodrommatica, I came twice upon a tenor Mario Roussel having sung succesfully Otello. I wondered if it was the same person. It was as the Rivista Teatrale Melodrammatica commented that Roussel succesfully changed from baritone to tenor.

However, he returned later to sing baritone roles.

Milano, Dal Verme, Pagliacci, on May 21, 1892 with Giraud, Stehle, Maurel, Daddi, Toscanini





Adelaide, Royal, Pagliacci on October 2, 1893 with Guglielmo Caruson, Italia Del Torre, Ciro Frasca, Fiorello Giraud, Lovell Philips
Roma, Costanzi, Lucia di Lammermoor, on April 23/24/27-April 4-May 19 (Titta Ruffo instead of Roussel), 1898 with A. Padovani, Granados, Spangher, Trucchi-Dorini, F. Casali, Filippini, De Angelis
Roma, Costanzi, Gli Ugonotti on May 7/8/0/12/14/18/21/26/29/30, 1898 with A. Padovani, Galli, M. Borelli-Angelini, Angioletti, Sabellico, A. Degli Abbati, Mingardi
Roma, Costanzi, La Traviata on May 17/20/22/2528/31, 1898 with G. Bellincioni, G. Donati, Mieli, Trucchi-Dorini, Parasassi, Pro, Gironi, Casali, Mingardi
Napoli, San Carlo, La Bohème on December 12 (sharing with E. Sottolana), 1898 with A.Pandolfini/A. Karola/L. Monuschi, M. Passari, F. De Lucia. E. Gorga/L. Rosati, M. Rossini, L. Cromberg, E. Vitale/C. Scognamiglio (Total 31)
Novara, Coccia, Otello on February 24, 1901
Foggia, Dauno, Otello on June 2 (sharing with Galli), 1901 with Emilia Corsi, Emanuele Bucalo

Revista Teatrale Melodrammatica, 18 November 1901



Roma, Adriano, Samson et Dalila on December 4/8, 1901 with Guerrini, Brombara, Cocchi, Girone, Agide Jacchia
Revista Teatrale Melodrammatica, 11 November 1901


Milano, Scala, Die Walküre on December 26, 1901 with Fausta Labia, Lawin, Magini-Coletti, Nicolay, Pinto, A. Toscanini (Total 8)
Revista Teatrale Melodrammatica, 28 December 1901


Parma, Regio, Severo Torelli (nuova per Parma by Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi) as Barnaḅ Spinola on May 31-June 1/3/6/9, 1903 with Vincenzo Bieletto (Severo Torelli, Elena De Cisneros (Madonna Pia Torelli), Vincenzo Montanari (Renzo Riccardi), Celestino Baldi ( Ercole Balbo), Michele Bonanno (Lippo Malatesta), Paolina Zweifel (Dino), Onoria Popovici (Bice), Italo Picchi (Fra Paolo), Merardo Medosi (Bargello), Rina Dionisi ("Caterina" e "Clotilde), Enrichetta Marchesini (Paggio), Giuseppe Baroni. Milano, Lirico, La Bohème (as Marcello)on January 1/3/6/8/12/16/26/31-February 5/10/15/19/21, 1904 with Giorgina Caprile, Alalia Campagnola, Ferdinando De Neri/De Giorgi(January 6)/Giuseppe Godono (February 2), Tullio Serafin
Milano, Lirico, La Traviata (as Germont) on January 21/23/24/27/30-February 2/9/14/18, 1904 with Giorgina Caprile, Angelo Tomisani/Giuseppe Godono (February 2), Tullio Serafin Parma, Reinach, Ernani (as Carlo) on October 31, 1908 with Alfredo Cecchi, Salvatore di Giulio, Oliva Petrella, Nella Costa, Napoleone Michelotti, Arturo Montanari, Giovanni Gonzales (Total 7)
Montevideo, Solis, Gli Ugonotti (as Nevers) on November 11/21, 1905 with Seinescu, Perico, Barbieri, Berti-Cecchini, Spangher, Francesco Codivilla
Montevideo, Solis, Una ballo in maschera (as Renato) on November 12/26, 2905 with Barbieri, Perico, Berti-Cecchini, Seinescu, Spangher, Sesona, Francesco Codivilla
Montevideo, Solis, La Bohème (as Marcello) on November 14, 1905 with Gobatto, Gubellini, Severini, Francesco Codivilla
Montevideo, Solis, Il Trovatore (as Luna) on November 18, 1905 with Barbieri, Perico, Berti-Cecchini, Spangher, Francesco Codivilla
Montevideo, Solis, Pagliacci (as Tonio) on November 19/25 with Gobatto, Perico, Pulcini, Rossini, Francesco Codivilla
Montevideo, Solis, Aida (as Amonasro) on November 23, 1905 with Barbieri, Perico, Berti-Cecchini, Spangher, Sesona, Francesco Codivilla
Parma, Reinach, Un ballo in maschera, (as Renato) on November 24, 1908 with Alfredo Cecchi, Oliva Petrella, Anna Berti Cecchini, Lina Simeola, Dino Lusardi, Salvatore Di Giulio, Alceste Mori, Napoleone Michelotti, Arturo Montanari, Giovanni Gonzales (Total 4)
Source: Rivista Teatrale Melodrammatica
Source: Vittorio Frajese: Dal Costanzi all'Opera, Edizioni Capitolium
Source: Giampiero Tintori Duecento anni di Teatro alla Scala, Grafica Gutenberg
Source: Carlo Marinelli Roscioni Il Teatro di San Carlo, la cronologia 1737-1987, Guida Editori
Source: Teatro Lirico 1896-1944, unpublished chronology
Source: Gaspare Nello Vetro Teatro Reinach, 1871-1944, Comune di Parma, Archivio Storico Teatro Regio
Source: Cronologia del Teatro Regio di Parma (1829-2001)
Source: Susana Salgado The Teatro Solis: 150 Years of Opera, Concert and Ballet in Montevideo
Source: http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/69650

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