Carlo Barrera

1870 Spain - ?

He made his debut very young as baritone. After sometimes, he started to study with Maestro Guani and made his debut, as tenor, in 1899 at the Garibaldi in Trapani as Otello.

In his book The Levik Memoires: An Opera Singer's Notes, Levik wrote the following: A similar and even more striking transformation (Referring to the Tenor/Bass Kanshin) took place with Italian Tenor Barrera. Having sung a season in Odessa as a bass, he disappeared for two eyars and returned as a tenor. When he had been a bass, the top notes were quite satisfactory.

His career evolved as follows:

1892 Valparaiso
1899 Trapani (Otello during December at the Teatro Garibaldi with Perfumo Gina, Francesconi Luigi)
1900 Trapani (Loreley during MArch at the Teatro Garibaldi with Panizza Stinco Annunziata, Metlica Olga, Francesconi Luigi - Salotti Paolo), Catanzaro (Otello during April at the Teatro Comunale with Tozzi Luisa, Farinetti Carlo), Bergamo, Livorno (Otello during November at the Politeama with Clasenti Esperanza, Wilmant Tieste), Parma (Regio)
1901 Parma (Tosca during February at the Regio with Bonaplata Bau Carmen, Bucalo Emanuele), Bari (Tosca during March at the Teatro Piccinni with De Roma Amalia, Bucalo Emanuele; Otello during March at the Teatro Piccinni with De Roma Amalia, Bucalo Emanuele), Milano (Lirico), Ravenna, Cairo (Otello during December at the Teatro Khediviale with Carrera Avelina, Camera Edoardo; Andrea Chenier during December at the Teatro Khediviale with Carrera Avelina, Camera Edoardo)
1902 Cairo, Alessandria d' Egitto, Bari, Torino (Tosca (Sharing with Jugine Davide) during April at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele with Petrella Oliva, Magini Coletti Antonio), Milano, Odessa
1903 Odessa (Otello during January at the Teatro Municipale with Mendorioz Valentina, Sammarco Mario; (Pagliacci duing March at the Teatro Municipale with Degli Abbati Armanda, Sammarco Mario; Andrea Chenier during January at the Teatro Municipale with Berlendi Livia, Sammarco Mario), Palermo (Andrea Chenier during April at the Teatro Massimo wuth Berlendi Livia, Bonini Francesco Maria), Napoli, Busseto, Cremona (Andrea Chenier during September at the Politeama Verdi with D'Arneiro Mary, Amato Pasquale). Roma (Ernani during October at the Teatro Adriano with Adaberto Ester, Battistini Mattia/D'Albore Emilio, Baldelli Mariano), Madrid (Il Trovatore (Sharing with Franceschini Arturo) during December at the Teatro Reale with De Lerma Matilde, Parsi Pettenella Armida, Ardito Vincenzo, Ercolani Remo; Tosca (Sharing with Marcolin Angelo/Bassi Amedeo) during December at the Teatro Reale with De Lerma Matilde/Carelli Emma/Bianchini Cappelli Elena, Ardito Vincenzo), Ferrara (Otello during December at the Teatro Comunale with Corsi Emilia, Carobbi Silla)
1904 Madrid (Norma during Fabruary at the Teatro Reale with Bianchini Cappelli Elena, Parsi Pettenella Armida, De Segurola Andres Perello; Cavalleria rustican during March at the Teatro Reale with Bianchini Cappelli Elena, Giacomini Anna, Ardito Vincenzo), Barcelona (Il Trovatore during November at the Liceo with Bianchini Cappelli Elena, Lucacewska Giannina; Otello during November at the Liceo with Occhiolini Anita, Sammarco Mario), Valencia (Otello (Sharing with Paoli Antonio) during December at the Teatro Principal with Santoliva Villani Maria, Bellagamba Lorenzo)
1905 Varsaw (Ernani during March at Teatro Imperiale with Corsi Emilia, Battistini Mattia), Lisbon (Il Trovatore during April at the Coliseo Recrejos with Grisi Maria, Claessens Maria, Dadone Bartolomeo, Candela Manuel; Pagliacci during May at the Coliseo Recrejos with Acena Enrichetta, Giovacchini Michele, Cabello Emilio, Montanari Vincenzo; Ernani during June at the Coliseo Recrejos with Grisi Maria, Giovacchini Michele, Masini Pieralli Angelo), Mexico City (Il Trovatore during December at the Teatro Arbeu with Adaberto Ester, Fabbri Guerrina, Rebonato Gaetano, Cervi Natale; Ernani during December at the Teatro Arbeu with Adaberto Ester, Astillero Rogerio, Dadò Augusto), Valencia (Pagliacci during November at the Teatro Principal with ?; Otello during November at the Teatro Principal with ?)
1906 Napoli, Firenze, Livorno
1907 Padova, Modena, Cento (Il Trovatore during September at the Teatro Comunale with Burchi Teresa, Zacconi Alice, Ardito Vincenzo, Fiorini Alfredo)
1908 Napoli, Firenze, Livorno
1909 Bologna (Il Trovatore during January at the Teatro Verdi with Rossi Murino Adalgisa,Canovas Enrica, ,Comune Giovanni) Vicenza, Thieme, Conegliano, Prague (Ernani during May at the Neus Deutsches with De Lys Edith, Battistini Mattia, Arimondi Vittorio)
1910 Prague, Casalmaggiore (Andrea Chenier (Sharing with Carlini Caio) during August at the Teatro Sociale with Del Signore Olga, Patino Ciro)
1914 Milano (Verdi)
1915 Milano (Pagliacci (Sharing with Granados Francisco/Schiavazzi Piero) during August at the Teatro Verdi with Ladorini Antonietta, Fregosi Giulio, Morselli Alessandro)

His repertory included: Otello, Vasco, Walter (Loreley), Samson, Radames, Cavaradossi, Chenier, Giorgione (Cecilia), José, German, Canio, Oronte, Ernani, Eléazar, Raoul, Manrico, Riccardo, ? (Velve by Castracane), Edgardo, Pollione, Siegmund, Turiddu, ...

Carlo Barrera sings Aida: O terra addio, with Elena Ruszkovska

Carlo Barrera sings La forza del destino: Solemne in quest'ora, with Giuseppe Magi

Carlo Barrera sings La forza del destino: Le minaccie, with Giuseppe Magi

Carlo Barrera sings Otello: Sì, pel ciel marmoreo giuro!, with Giuseppe Maggi
In RA Format

Carlo Barrera sings Otello: Dio mi potevi
In RA Format
I would like to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recording (Dio mi potevi).
Chronology
1892      
11 Valparaiso Teatro Victoria CONCERTO
       
1899      
12 Trapani Teatro Garibaldi OTELLO (Otello)
       
1900      
02/03 Trapani Teatro Garibaldi AFRICANA (Vasco) / LORELEY (Walter)
03 Trapani Chiesa Collegio Nazionale STABAT MATER di G.Rossini
04 Catanzaro Teatro Comunale OTELLO (Otello)
08 Bergamo Teatro Donizetti SANSONE E DALIDA (Sansone)
11 Livorno Politeama OTELLO (Otello)
12 Parma Teatro Regio AIDA (Radames)
       
1901      
01/02 Parma Teatro Regio TOSCA (Cavaradossi)
03 Bari Teatro Piccinni OTELLO (Otello) / TOSCA (Cavaradossi)
04 Milano Teatro Lirico SANSONE E DALIDA (Sansone)
05 Ravenna Teatro Alighieri OTELLO (Otello)
10 Milano Teatro Lirico SANSONE E DALIDA (Sansone)
12 Cairo Teatro Khediviale AIDA (Radames) / ANDREA CHENIER (Chenier) / OTELLO (Otello)
       
1902      
01 Cairo Teatro Khediviale SANSONE E DALIDA (Sansone)
01 Alessandria d'Egitto Teatro Zizinia AIDA (Radames)
03 Bari Teatro Piccinni AFRICANA (Vasco)
04 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele TOSCA (Cavaradossi)
10 Milano Teatro Lirico CONCERTO
11 Milano Teatro Dal Verme CECILIA di G.Oreficie (Giorgione)
12 Odessa Teatro Municipale AIDA (Radames)
       
1903      
01/03 Odessa Teatro Municipale ANDREA CHENIER (Chenier) / CARMEN (Don Josè) / OTELLO (Otello) / SANSONE E DALIDA (Sansone) / LA DAMA DI PICCHE / PAGLIACCI (Canio)
03/04 Palermo Teatro Massimo AIDA (Radames) / ANDREA CHENIER (Chenier) / SANSONE E DALIDA (Sansone)
05 Napoli Teatro Verdi CARMEN (Don Josè)
09 Busseto Teatro Verdi I LOMBARDI ALLA PRIMA CROCIATA
09 Cremona Politeama Verdi ANDREA CHENIER (Chenier)
10 Roma Teatro Adriano ERNANI (Ernani)
11 Madrid Teatro Reale AIDA (Radames) / SANSONE E DALIDA (Sansone) / TOSCA (Cavaradossi)
12 Ferrara Teatro Comunale OTELLO (Otello)
12 Odessa Teatro Municipale EBREA (Eleazaro) / UGONOTTI (Raoul)
       
1904      
01 Madrid Teatro Reale BALLO IN MASCHERA (Riccardo) / NORMA (Pollione) / CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Turiddu)
11 Barcellona Teatro Liceo OTELLO (Otello) / TROVATORE (Manrico)
12 Valencia Teatro Principal OTELLO (Otello) / UGONOTTI (Raoul)
       
1905      
03 Varsavia Teatro Reale AIDA (Radames) / EBREA (Eleazaro) / ERNANI (Ernani) / UGONOTTI (Raoul)
04/06 Lisbona Coliseo Recrejos AIDA (Radames) / TROVATORE (Manrico) / AFRICANA (Vasco de Gama) / BALLO IN MASCHERA (Riccardo) / CARMEN (Don Josè) / PAGLIACCI (Canio) / ERNANI (Ernani) / UGONOTTI (Raoul)
11 Valencia Teatro Principal BALLO IN MASCHERA (Riccardo) / OTELLO (Otello) / PAGLIACCI (Canio) / UGONOTTI (Raoul)
       
1906      
01 Città del Messico Teatro Arbeau STAGIONE COMPAGNIA ISTUZIA
       
1907      
04 Padova Teatro Verdi CARMEN (Don Josè)
  Modena Teatro Storchi VELVE di A.Castracane
       
1908      
04 Napoli Teatro Bellini LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Edgardo)
10 Firenze Teatro Verdi NORMA (Pollione)
11 Livorno Teatro Goldoni NORMA (Pollione)
       
1909      
01 Bologna Teatro Duse CONCERTO
01 Bologna Teatro Verdi NORMA (Pollione) / TROVATORE (Manrico)
08 Vicenza Teatro Verdi WALKIRIA (Siegmund)
09 Thiene Teatro Sociale CARMEN (Don Josè)
10 Conegliano Teatro Accademia CARMEN (Don Josè)
       
1910      
05 Praga Teatro Nazionale STAGIONE / SEASON
10 Casalmaggiore Teatro Sociale ANDREA CHENIER (Chenier)
       
1914      
09 Milano Teatro Verdi NORMA (Pollione)
       
1915      
08 Milano Teatro Verdi PAGLIACCI (Canio)

Discography

Black Pre Dog, 1909
2-52714 Otello: Ora e per sempre addio                  Matrix 13067b
2-52789 Un Ballo in Maschera: La rivedrò                Matrix 13171b
052267  Otello: Dio mi potevi                           Matrix 1965c
        Victor: 55009 A
052290  Otello: Nium mi tema                            Matrix 1966c
054245  Otello: Giuramento                              Matrix 1971c
        with Giuseppe Maggi
        Victor: 55009 B pressing indicates Badini as the baritone (an error). 
        AB72				
054246  La Forza del destino: Solemne in quest'ora      Matrix 1786c
        with Giuseppe Maggi
054247  La Forza del destino: Le minaccie               Matrix 1786c
        with Giuseppe Maggi
054252  Carmen: Mia tu sei                              Matrix 1823c
        with Anita Santoro, Ernesto Badini, Giulia Battaglioli
054254  Aida: Rivedrai le foreste                       Matrix 1790c
        with Elena Ruszkovska
054255  Aida: Morir, si pura e bella                    Matrix 1791c
        with Elena Ruszkovska
054258  Aida: Gia I sacerdoti                           Matrix 1794c
        with Carolina Pietracewska
054261  Aida: O terra addio                             Matrix 1809c 
        with Elena Ruszkovska
054288  Carmen: Sei tu? Son io!                         Matrix 1821c
        with Maria Passeri
				
PATHÉ
10004  FORZA DEL DESTINO: O tu che in seno agli angeli      84128
10004  FORZA DEL DESTINO: Solenne in quest'ora              84129
       with Michele De Padova
Source for the chronology, picture and discography the extraordinary Website of Roberto Marcocci.

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