Italo Tajo

Biography

Born: April 25, 1915; Pinerolo   Died: March 28, 1993; Cincinnati, OH  
Although his handsome bass voice lacked the weight often expected in a low-ranged singer, Italo Tajo made a successful career based on his excellent grasp of style and character. Particularly adept in Mozart, Tajo performed a wide range of bass characters and showed an affinity for comic roles. Tajo eventually took up a position on the opera faculty at Cincinnati, but in his sixties he returned to the Chicago and Metropolitan Opera stages to Read more perform such roles as Alcindoro/Benoit (La Bohème), Don Pasquale, and the Sacristan (Tosca).

Tajo's first name derived from the fact that, of five children, he was the only one to have been born in his native Italy. He sang in a church choir in Pinerolo when a mere boy; the director's suggestion that Tajo study seriously was met with opposition from his father, who envisioned for him a career as a doctor. When Tajo's enthusiasm for music persisted, his father surrendered and gave his approval, clearing the way for Italo to study with Nilde Stinche-Bertozzi in nearby Turin. When he was 20, Tajo made his debut at the Teatro Regio in Turin singing Fafner (Das Rheingold) under the direction of Fritz Busch. Busch was sufficiently impressed to invite Tajo to the Glyndebourne Festival that same year to serve as an understudy and chorus member. When English bass Norman Allin was unavailable for the first-ever recording of Le nozze di Figaro, Tajo was called upon to sing Don Bartolo's La vendetta, an astonishing responsibility for so youthful a singer. His success led to his being engaged for the 1936 Edinburgh Festival.

During WWII, Tajo discharged his military duty as a grenadier guard in Rome, an assignment that afforded him time for the study of new roles and for performances at the Rome Opera. Among several important roles undertaken during that time was the Doctor in the first Italian performance of Wozzeck. Following the war's end, he sang at La Scala in L'amore dei Tre Re, Boris Godunov, Boito's Mefistofele, Gounod's Faust, Don Pasquale, L'Elisir d'amore, and Der Rosenkavalier. In Italy, he also appeared in several rarely performed works by Giordano, Wolf-Ferrari, and Pizzetti, as well as premiering works by Nono, Berio, and Malipiero.

Meanwhile, his American debut had taken place with the Chicago Opera when he sang Ramfis in a 1946 performance of Aida (he had also recorded the King with Serafin that same year in Rome). His Chicago Ramfis was described by the Tribune as "a high priest head and shoulders higher than his minions, with a voice rich in quality and full of operatic promise." Tajo's San Francisco debut came in 1948 when his Basilio and Leporello faced recollections of Baccaloni and still triumphed. Later that season, on December 28, Tajo made his Metropolitan Opera debut, winning strong approval for his Basilio and, a few days later, for his portrayal of Mozart's Figaro. As time passed, however, critics viewed with diminishing favor his overactive stage persona and a tendency to growl the music "from the side of his mouth" rather than focusing the voice in a conventional manner. Tajo's late performances in character roles were nonetheless ripely amusing and unfailingly memorable. Read less

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Born: April 25, 1915; Pinerolo   Died: March 28, 1993; Cincinnati, OH  
Although his handsome bass voice lacked the weight often expected in a low-ranged singer, Italo Tajo made a successful career based on his excellent grasp of style and character. Particularly adept in Mozart, Tajo performed a wide range of bass characters and showed an affinity for comic roles. Tajo eventually took up a position on the opera faculty at Cincinnati, but in his sixties he returned to the Chicago and Metropolitan Opera stages to Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
"Ah! Finalmente!"
"E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"
"Dammi i colori!" - "Recondita armonia" (Aria)
Voi! Cavaradossi!
"Mario! Mario! Mario!" "Son qui!" - "Mia gelosa!"
"E buona la mia Tosca" - "Siam soli?"
"Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!"
"Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!"
Or tutto è chiaro ... Mario? Mario?
"Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
"Tosca è un buon falco!"
"Ha più forte sapore" - "Spoletta è giunto"
O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
Ov'è Angelotti? ... Ed or fra noi parliam
"Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"
"Orsù, Tosca, parlate." - "Mario, consenti ch'io parli?"
"Floria..." - "Amore..."
Vittoria! Vittoria!
Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!
"Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Chi è là?
"Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"
Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"
"Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"
"E lucevan le stelle"
"Franchigia a Floria Tosca"
O dolci mani! ... L'ora! Son pronto!
"Come è lunga l'attesta!"
"Presto, su! Mario!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Ah! Finalmente!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Dammi i colori!" - "Recondita armonia" (Aria)
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - Voi! Cavaradossi!
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Mario! Mario! Mario!" "Son qui!" - "Mia gelosa!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "E buona la mia Tosca" - "Siam soli?"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Un tal baccano in chiesa! Bel rispetto!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - Or tutto è chiaro ... Mario? Mario?
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Tosca è un buon falco!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Ha più forte sapore" - "Spoletta è giunto"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - O galantuomo, come andò la caccia?
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - Ov'è Angelotti? ... Ed or fra noi parliam
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Sciarrone: che dice il cavalier?"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Orsù, Tosca, parlate." - "Mario, consenti ch'io parli?"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Floria..." - "Amore..."
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - Vittoria! Vittoria!
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - Chi è là?
Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Io tenni la promessa..." - "E qual via scegliete?" - "Tosca, finalmente mia!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - Prelude - "Io de' sospiri"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Mario Cavaradossi?" - "A voi"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "E lucevan le stelle"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Franchigia a Floria Tosca"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - O dolci mani! ... L'ora! Son pronto!
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Come è lunga l'attesta!"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "Presto, su! Mario!"
Act I: ! Ola! (Cajus, )
Act I: Sei polli: sei scellini...So che se andiam la notte ()
Act I: Ma e tempo d' assottigliar l'ingegno...V'e noto un tal, qui del paese ()
Act I: L' onore! Ladri! ()
Act I: Alice. Meg. Nannetta (Alice, Meg)
Act I: Fulgida Alice! amor t' offro (Meg)
Act I: Ripeti. In due parole ()
Act I: Psst, psst, Nannetta. Vien qua (Fenton)
Act I: Udrai quanta egli sfoggia (Bardolfo)
Act II: Siam pentiti e contriti (Bardolfo, Pistole)
Act II: Alice e mia! Va vecchio John ()
Act II: Signore, v' assista il cielo! (Ford)
Act II: C'e a Windsor una dama (Ford)
Act II: E sogno? o realita? (Ford)
Act II: Presenteremo un bill...Giunta all'Albergo della Giarrettiera (Alice)
Act II: Gaie comari di Windsor (Alice)
Act II: Alfin t' ho colto, raggiante fior ()
Act II: Quand' ero paggio ()
Act II: Mia signora! C' e mistress Meg (Quickly)
Act II: Vien qua. Che chiasso! (Nannetta, Fenton)
Act II: C' e! C' e! Se t' agguanto! (Ford, Cajus)
Act III: Ehi! Taverniere!
Act III: Reverenza. La bella Alice...Quandro il rintocco della mezzanotte (Quickly)
Act III: Brava. Quelle corna saranno la mia gioia (Ford)
Act III: Dal labbro il canto (Fenton)
Act III: Una, due, tre ... ()
Act III: Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi! (Nannetta)
Act III: Pizzica, pizzica (Alice, Meg, Quickly)
Act III: Ogni sorta di gente ()
Act III: Facciamo il parentado ... Tutto nel mundo e burla (Alice, Ford)
Act I: ! Ola! (Cajus, )
Act I: Sei polli: sei scellini...So che se andiam la notte ()
Act I: Ma e tempo d' assottigliar l'ingegno...V'e noto un tal, qui del paese ()
Act I: L' onore! Ladri! ()
Act I: Alice. Meg. Nannetta (Alice, Meg)
Act I: Fulgida Alice! amor t' offro (Meg)
Act I: Ripeti. In due parole ()
Act I: Psst, psst, Nannetta. Vien qua (Fenton)
Act I: Udrai quanta egli sfoggia (Bardolfo)
Act II: Siam pentiti e contriti (Bardolfo, Pistole)
Act II: Alice e mia! Va vecchio John ()
Act II: Signore, v' assista il cielo! (Ford)
Act II: C'e a Windsor una dama (Ford)
Act II: E sogno? o realita? (Ford)
Act II: Presenteremo un bill...Giunta all'Albergo della Giarrettiera (Alice)
Act II: Gaie comari di Windsor (Alice)
Act II: Alfin t' ho colto, raggiante fior ()
Act II: Quand' ero paggio ()
Act II: Mia signora! C' e mistress Meg (Quickly)
Act II: Vien qua. Che chiasso! (Nannetta, Fenton)
Act II: C' e! C' e! Se t' agguanto! (Ford, Cajus)
Act III: Ehi! Taverniere!
Act III: Reverenza. La bella Alice...Quandro il rintocco della mezzanotte (Quickly)
Act III: Brava. Quelle corna saranno la mia gioia (Ford)
Act III: Bocca baciata non perde ventura (Fenton)
Act III: Una, due, tre ... ()
Act III: Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi! (Nannetta)
Act III: Pizzica, pizzica (Alice, Meg, Quickly)
Act III: Ogni sorta di gente ()
Act III: Irride l'un l'altro, ogni mortal (Quickly)
Overture
Act I: Cinque ... dieci ... venti
Act I: Se a caso Madama
Act I: Se vuol ballare
Act I: La vendetta, oh, la vendetta
Act I: Via resti servita, madama brillante
Act I: Non so piu cosa son, cosa faccio
Act I: Cosa sento!
Act I: Non piu andrai
Act II: Porgi, amor
Act II: Voi, che sapete che cosa e amor
Act II: Venite, inginocchiatevi
Act II: Susanna, or via sortite
Act II: Aprite, presto, aprite
Act II: Esci omai, garzon malnato
Act II: Signore! Cos'e quel stupore?
Act II: Conoscete, signor Figaro
Act II: Voi signor, che giusto siete
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 1: Preludio
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 1: Che faceste? Dite su!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 1: Giorno non vidi mai
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 1: Pro Macbetto, il tuo signore
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 1: Due vaticini compiuti or sono
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 1: S'allontanarono!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Nel di della vittoria io le incontrai...
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Vieni! t'affretta!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Al cader della sera il Re qui giunge
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Or tutti sorgete, ministri infernale
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Oh, donna mia!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Sappia la sposa mia
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Regna il sonno su tutti
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Fatal mia donna! un murmure
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Allor questa voce m'intesi nel petto
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Il pugnal la riportate
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Di destario per tempo il Re m'impose
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act I Scene 2: Schiudi inferno (Macduff/Banco/Lady Macbeth/Macbeth/Malcolm/Dama/Coro)
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act II Scene 1: Perche mi sfuggi
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act II Scene 1: La luce langue
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act II Scene 2: Chi v'impose unirvi a noi?
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act II Scene 2: Studia il passo, o mio figlio!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act II Scene 2: Come dal ciel precipita
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 3: Salve, o Re!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 3: Si colmi il calice
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 3: Tu di sangue hai brutto il volto
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 3: Che ti scosta, o re mio sposo
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 3: Si colmi il calice
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 3: Sangue a me....quell'ombra chiede
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 1: Tre volte miagola la gatta in fragola
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 1: Ballo
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 1: Finché appelli
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 1: Fuggi, regal fantasima
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 1: E sensi ed anima
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act III Scene 1: Ove son io?
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 1: Patria oppressa!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 1: O figli, o figli miei!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 1: Ah, la paterna mano
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 1: Dove siam? Che bosco e quello?
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 2: Vegliammo invan due notti
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 2: Una macchia e qui tuttora...
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 3: Perfidi! All'Anglo contro me v'unite!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 3: Pieta, rispetto. onore
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 3: Elle e morta!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 3: All'armi! all'armi!
Macbeth (1997 - Remaster), Act IV Scene 3: Vittoria! Vittoria!
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Recondita armonia"
Puccini: Tosca / Act 1 - "Recondita armonia"


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