Carlo Tagliabue

Biography

Born: January 13, 1898; Mariano Comense, Italy   Died: April 5, 1978; Monza  
A bullish singer of considerable power, Carlo Tagliabue was a leading figure among Italian baritone of the late '30s, the 1940s, and 1950s. Despite the privations brought about by WWII, his career continued at its zenith when he was in his fifties. Many of his recordings were made at that time.

After studies in Milan with Gennai and Guidotti, Tagliabue made his stage debut at Lodi in 1922 as Amonasro. Further engagements with provincial
Read more companies in Palermo, Florence, Genoa, Verona, and, subsequently, Lisbon, led to his joining La Scala in 1930. He remained with that company for the next two decades. In 1934, he was entrusted with the role of Basilio in the world premiere of Respighi's La Fiamma. That same year he appeared in Buenos Aires. From 1937 to 1939 he sang at New York's Metropolitan Opera; in 1938, he appeared at San Francisco and in London.

At the Metropolitan, his Iago was found rough in tone, but theatrically vivid. In other roles, such as Rigoletto, Germont, di Luna, and Marcello, he was felt lacking in suavity, but, as Alfio, he was recognized as near ideal. When San Francisco heard him as Alfio, Tagliabue was described by critic Marjory Fisher as "a commanding stage presence and a rugged baritone of excellent quality." Tagliabue's other roles during his only season there were Marcello, Rossini's Figaro, and Don Carlo in La forza del destino. London's Covent Garden heard from him a "good routine Rigoletto" in 1938. When he reappeared in London in 1946, it was with the San Carlo company from Naples and this time critics praised his "fine tone" in Rigoletto and described his Germont as "distinguished." A final London appearance at the Stoll Theatre in 1953 offered to audiences a Don Carlo described as stylish and dramatic. Among his recordings, Tagliabue left a number of impressive arias, now collected on two Preiser discs. He recorded Don Carlo (something of a signature role) twice; first with Marinuzzi and a still-unsurpassed cast in 1941 and again in 1954 under Tullio Serafin. Powerfully incisive in the first recording, he is less firm in the second, but strong nonetheless. Tagliabue retired to teach in 1958. Read less

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Born: January 13, 1898; Mariano Comense, Italy   Died: April 5, 1978; Monza  
A bullish singer of considerable power, Carlo Tagliabue was a leading figure among Italian baritone of the late '30s, the 1940s, and 1950s. Despite the privations brought about by WWII, his career continued at its zenith when he was in his fifties. Many of his recordings were made at that time.

After studies in Milan with Gennai and Guidotti, Tagliabue made his stage debut at Lodi in 1922 as Amonasro. Further engagements with provincial
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La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Sinfonia
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Buona notte, mia figlia
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Temea restasse qui fino a domani
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Me, pellegrina ed orfana
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act I: M'aiuti, signorina, piu presto andrem
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Ah, per sempre, o mio bell'angiol
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Vil seduttor! Infame figlia!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Hola, hola, hola! Ben giungi, o mulattier
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: La cena e pronta!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Che vedo! Mio fratello!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Viva la guerra!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Al suon del tamburo
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Padre Eterno Signor
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Viva la buona compagnia!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Poich'e imberbe l'incognito
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Son Pereda, son ricco d'onore
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Sta bene
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Sono giunta! Grazie o Dio!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Madre, pietosa Vergine
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Chi siete?
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Chi mi cerca?
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Infelice, delusa, regetta
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Il santo nome di Dio Signore sia benedetto
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act II: La Vergine degli Angeli
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Attenti al gioco, attenti, attenti al gioco
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: La vita e inferno all'infelice
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: O tu che in seno agli angeli
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Al tradimento!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: All'armi!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Piano...qui posi...approntisi il mio letto
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Solenne in quest'ora
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Morir! Tremenda cosa!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Urna fatale del mio destino
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: E s'altra prova rinvenir potessi?
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Compagni, sostiamo
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Ne gustare m'e dato un'ora di quiete
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Lorche pifferi e tamburi par che assordino la terra
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Qua, vivandiere, un sorso
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: A buon mercato chi vuol comprare?
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Pane, pan, per carita!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Nella guerra e la follia
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Toh! toh! Poffare il mondo!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Rataplan, rataplan, della gloria
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Fate la carita, e un'ora che aspettiamo!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Giunge qualcuno, aprite
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Le minaccie, i fieri accenti
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Pace, pace mio Dio!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Io muoio! Confessione!
La Forza del Destino (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Non imprecare, umiliati a Lui ch'e giusto e santo


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