Pedro Mirassou


Picture of Pedro Mirassou

Picture of Pedro Mirassou in Cosi
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Picture of Pedro Mirassou
I would like to thank Daniele Godor for the picture (top).
Mirassou was born in Buenos Aires, June 28th 1889, and made his debut at the Teatro Colon in 1922 as "il messagero" in Verdi's Aida with Fleta, Nieto, Dinh Gilly and Santini. In 1924, Mirassou sang Pagliacci in the Teatro de la Opera of Buenos Aires. As all the best Argentinean Opera singers did, (Hina Spani, Luisa Bertana, Adelaida Saraceni among others) in those times, Mirassou went to Europe searching for an international career, but unfortunately Mirassou didn't make it big. In 1925, Mirassou sang Canio in Parma, and Mule's "Monecella della Fontana", then Canio and Chenier in Holland. At La Scala, Mirassou sang, Delito e Castigo by Pedrollo in 1926 and Norma in 1931. In 1933 Mirassou sang in concert with Concert Gebouw in Holland. So, his whole career was at the Teatro Colon where Mirassou sang the main roles for "tenore spinto" with all the greatest Opera Stars of that moment, and Mirassou participated in many "prima mondiale"by Argentinean and foreign composers, becoming from 1928 to 1950 the most important Argentinean tenor at the Teatro Colon. The following are all his performances in this theater:


1928 
Aida: with Scacciati, Bertana, Franci, Pasero, Serafin
La Traviata: with Muzio, Stracciari, Serafin
Tosca: with Muzio, Stracciari, Paolantonio
Norma: Muzio, Bertana, Pinza, Serafin
Carmen: Besanzoni, Isabel Marengo, Serafin
Pagliacci: Stracciari, Muzio Vanelli, Paolantonio
Afrodita (by Luzzati): Nena Juarez,  Morelli, Paolantonio

1929
Madama Butterfly: Dalla Rizza, Vanelli, Panizza
Norma: Raisa, Bertana, Pasero, Capuana
La Traviata: Dalla Rizza, Rimini. Panizza
El Matrero (by Felipe Boero): Granforte, Juarez - Panizza
Aida: Segall, Bertana,Vanelli, Panizza;  and second cast: Spani, Bertana, Damiani, Paolantonio
Turandot: Spani, Marengo, Lanskoy, Paolantonio
La Magdalena (by Massa ): Marengo, Nastri, Serra Lima, Lanskoy, Paolantonio
Lazaro: (by Gaito ): Damiani, Spani, Nastri, Paolantonio

1930
Aida: Jacobo, Bertana, Franci, Pasero, Panizza
Andrea Chenier: Dalla Rizza, Galeffi, Morelli, Baccaloni, Calusio
Boris Godunov: Chaliapin, Lanskoy, Bertana/Spani, Baccaloni, Cravcenko, Questa
El Matrero: Damiani, Bertana, Panizza
Tabare (by Schiuma): Damiani Marengo, Calusio
Norma: Iva Pacetti, Bertana, Lanskoy, Questa
Tosca: Pacetti, Galeffi, Paolantonio

1934
Loreley ( by Catalani): Muzio, Tagliabue, Vaghi, Menkes, Paolantonio
La Fiamma (by Respighi):  Muzio, Tagliabue, Cravacenko, Fleischer, Respighi
El Matrero: Romito, Sara Cesar, Paolantonio

1935
El Matrero: Fidel Aiello, Cesar, Lietti
La Novia del hereje (by De Rogatiis): Marengo, Cesar,  Romito, Damiani, Calusio

1936
La sangre de las guitarras (by Costantino Gaito): Spani, Aiello, Brizzio, Gaito
La novia del hereje: Di sabato, Mendoza, Aiello, Lietti
Giulio Cesare ( by Malipiero): Marengo, Autori, Borgioli, Spani, Damiani, Panizza
La ciudad roja (by Espoile): Marengo, Damiani, Romito, Panizza
El Matrero: Romito, Cesar, Lietti

1937
Cyrano de Bergerac (by Alfano): Somigli, Cesar, Damiani, Vaghi, Romito, Serafin
Siripo (by Boero): Marengo, Cesar, Urizar, Romito, Serafin
Carmen: Pederzini, Marengo, Damiani, Serafin
Aida: Caniglia, Cesar, Urizar, Serafin
Tosca: Caniglia, Galeffi, Serafin
Lucrezia (by Respighi): Caniglia, cetera, Brizzio, Damiani, Serafin
Il Trovatore: Urizar, Menkes, Cesar, Bonifanti
Siripo: Marengo, Cesar, Urizar, Gonzalez Alisedo, Bruno Mari
Pagliacci: Urizar, Marengo, Giusti, Mari

1938
Madama Butterfly: Marengo, Damiani, Brizzio, Serafin
Carmen: Pederzini, Marengo, Damiani / Galeffi, Serafin
Petronio ( By Gaito): Menkes, cesar, Romito, Damiani, Serafin

1939
La Traviata: Sayao, Urizar, Panizza
Las Virgenes del sol (by De Rogatiis): Menkes, Cetera, Cesar, Brizzio, Calussio
Bisanzio (by Panizza): Cigna, Baronti, Sved, Cesar, Panizza
Pagliacci: Urizar, Lucia Wells, Victor Bacciati, de Angelis

1940
Andrea Chenier: Milanov, Damiani, Baronti, Cesar, Franco Ghione

1941
Il Trovatore: Urizar, Pockorny, Bruna Castagna, Mari
Otello: Sved, Milanov, Mari
Lin Calel (by Arnaldo D'Esposito): marengo, Danton, Urizar, Cesar, Matiello, Calusio
Madama Butterfly: Wells, Urizar, Brizzio, Lietti
La Novia del Hereje: Di Sabato, Cesar, Urizar, Zanin, Calusio

1942
La sangre de las guitarras: Pockorny, Brizzio, Urizar, Gaito

1943
Pagliacci: Warren, Marengo, Renato Cesari, Calusio
La Traviata: Rigal, Cesari, Calusio
El Matrero: Urizar, Cesar, Calusio

1944
Bisanzio: Rigal, Cesar, Damiani,  Panizza
Sadko: Rene Mazella, Romito, Chelavine, Clara Oyuela, Cesari, Urizar, Albert Wolff
Otello: Damiani / Pablo Vidal, Menkes, Panizza
La sangre de las guitarras: Pockorny, Urizar, Cesri, Gaito

1945
Ollantay (by Gaito): Urizar, Marengo, Calusio
Lucia di Lammermoor: Damiani / Cesari, Blanca Rosa Baigorri, Zanin, Mari
La Traviata: Rigal, Damiani / Guchandut / Cesari,  Panizza
Khovanchina: Romito, Antonio Vela, Negroni, Cetera, Guichandut, Damiani, Panizza

1948
El Matrero: Urizar, Cesar, Panizza / Juan Emilio Martini


1949
Madama Butterfly: Marengo, Panizza

1950
Il Trovatore: Enzo Mascherini, Elisabetta Barbato, Disma de Cecco/ Luisa Bartoletti, Mari

Pedro Mirassou died in Córdoba (Argentina) on June 22nd 1963.

Mirassou recorded highlights of El Matrero by Felipe Boero with the same cast of the premiere ( Apollo Granforte, Nena Juarez, Hector Panizza), This recording doesn't exist in CD. Mirassou also recorded the Argentinean National Hymn, (which was played in all the schools during nationals holydays).

Pedro Mirassou sings El Matrero: Portezuela mi biguela
in ra format
Discography



 
Victor Argentina - Buenos Aires- 1929 
 
9574/5/6        El Matrero  (Felipe Boero) :  Highlights- With Nena Juárez (mezzo) and Apollo Granforte (bar.)
9577 (a)        Himno Nacional de Argentina  (Vicente López)
9577 (b)        Mi Bandera  (Chassaing) 
All with orchestra of Teatro Colón, conducted by Héctor Panizza
 
49-2362         Il Guarany :  Sento una forza indomita - duet with Rina Massardi, soprano
From the soundtrack of the film : VOCACION (1938) The film also included barítone Victor Damiani 
Odeon P11291    Marche de la Legion de De Gaule
??    1A-0918-A Quand Madelon  - with Argentinian Air Force Band, conducted by Armando Nalli
 
Note : All Mirassou records may be found in a Piscitelli CD 
I wish to thank Roberto Falcone for all the biographical, discographical Information and the recording.
I would like to thanks Juan Dzazopulos for several corrections and addendum.

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