Holiday Shop


Mario Del Monaco

Biography

Born: July 27, 1915; Florence, Italy   Died: October 6, 1982; Mestra, Italy  
The stentorian dramatic tenor of Mario del Monaco was heard throughout the world during the 1950s and 1960s. While often berated by critics for his unsubtle vocal production, del Monaco was a favorite of audiences who appreciated his power and sincerity of approach while tackling the heaviest roles in the Italian tenor repertory. A contract with Decca (London in the United States) produced a long series of recordings, many of them in partnership Read more with Renata Tebaldi, and most of which have been reissued in CD format.

After having studied the early recordings of many tenors, del Monaco studied for a short time at the Pesaro Conservatory before gaining entry in 1935 to the school attached to the Rome Opera, largely through the urging of conductor Tullio Serafin. His formal debut occurred in 1941 at the Teatro Puccini as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly -- while on leave from the army. Engagements were quickly forthcoming once WW II ended. A successful Radames (Aïda) at Verona was followed by appearances at Covent Garden with the Neapolitan Opera (Canio, Cavaradossi, and Pinkerton). Central and South America offered performances in Mexico City, at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and in Rio de Janeiro.

His North American debut took place at the San Francisco Opera as Radames in 1950. He was thereupon engaged by Rudolf Bing for a November 1950 appearance at the Metropolitan as des Grieux in Manon Lescaut. Subsequently, he sang more than 100 performances at the Met over the course of seven seasons, appearing also at Chicago's Lyric Opera during the 1950s. In that time, del Monaco became the world's leading Otello, performing the role (according to his own tally) 427 times. Other roles which formed the core of his repertory included Enzo in Ponchielli's La Gioconda, the title role in Giordano's Andrea Chénier (next to Otello perhaps his most authoritative role), Don Alvaro in La forza del destino, Don José and Saint-Saëns' Samson (despite his less-than-fluent French), Verdi's Ernani, Dick Johnson in Puccini's La fanciulla del West and Pollione in Bellini's Norma. In Italy, he occasionally ventured into the Wagnerian repertory, although these performances were sung in Italian. He did, however, record Siegmund's "Winterstürme" from Die Walküre in German. It was not regarded as a success.

From the 1960s to his retirement from the stage in 1973, del Monaco increasingly confined his appearances to Italy, although he continued to record for Decca. His Loris in Giordano's Fedora (with Magda Olivero as the heroine) was taped when the singer was in his mid-fifties, by which time his voice had lost what little pliancy it had possessed earlier.

Among del Monaco's most prominent recordings are his two as Otello, each with the same principals (Tebaldi as Desdemona and Aldo Protti as Iago), but the second with Herbert von Karajan as conductor. His Andrea Chénier was preserved by Decca with Tebaldi as Maddalena and Ettore Bastianini as Gérard as well as in a live recording from Tokyo with Tebaldi and Protti.

The un-orthodox method of vocal production favored by del Monaco allowed him an overwhelming measure of strength in his middle and upper-middle registers, but lent a metallic buzz to his timbre and precluded his singing softly. Still, critics, following his death, rued his passing as they recalled performances of unsurpassed excitement. Read less
Verdi: Aida / Tebaldi, Stignani, Del Monaco, Erede
Release Date: 04/12/1994   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 440239   Number of Discs: 2
On sale! $17.99
CD: $7.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $17.99   CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Tebaldi, Del Monaco, Molinari-Pradelli
Release Date: 09/10/2002   Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series  
Catalog: 421598   Number of Discs: 3
On sale! $50.99
CD: $14.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $50.99   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $29.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Puccini: Tosca / Molinari-Pradelli, Tebaldi, Del Monaco
Release Date: 04/30/1991   Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series  
Catalog: 411871   Number of Discs: 2
On sale! $33.98
ArkivCD $24.99
Low Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $33.98   ArkivCD:  $24.99 Add to Cart

MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Puccini: Il Trittico / Gardelli, Tebaldi, Del Monaco
Release Date: 03/30/1999   Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series  
Catalog: 411665   Number of Discs: 3
On sale! $36.98
ArkivCD $31.99
Special Order
On sale!   $36.98   ArkivCD:  $31.99 Add to Cart

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Capuana, Tebaldi, Del Monaco
Release Date: 09/11/2001   Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series  
Catalog: 430256   Number of Discs: 2
On sale!
CD: $32.99
Low Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!     CD:  $32.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Browse 101-125 of 127 Available Recordings
1 2 3 4 5 6
  • 101.
    Puccini: La Bohème Highlights, Etc / Bergonzi, Tebaldi, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458248 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Renato Cesari,  Gianna D'Angelo,  Renata Tebaldi,  Carlo Bergonzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
    Recommendation
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 102.
    Verdi: Ernani / Mitropoulos, Cerquetti, Del Monaco, Et Al
    Label: Bel Canto Society   Catalog: 5011 Release Date: 08/22/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Anita Cerquetti,  Mario Del Monaco,  Ettore Bastianini,  Boris Christoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
    On sale! $22.98
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 103.
    Callas Collection - Verdi: Aida / Del Monaco, Taddei, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1250 Release Date: 06/20/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Oralia Dominguez,  Ignacio Ruffino,  Roberto Silva,  Rosita Rodriguez  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes Orchestra,  Mexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes Chorus
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 104.
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 507 Release Date: 06/06/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Aldo Protti,  Giulietta Simionato,  Paolo Washington,  Athos Cesarini  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana
    On sale!
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    On sale!     CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 105.
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 511 Release Date: 06/06/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Nicola Zaccaria,  Gabriella Carturan,  Giulietta Simionato  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    On sale!
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    On sale!     CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 106.
    Great Tenors Of The Century - Cura, Seiffert, Alagna, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 429403 Release Date: 03/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Enrico Caruso,  Joseph Schmidt,  Helge Rosvaenge  ... 
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 107.
    Verdi: Stiffelio / De Fabritiis, Del Monaco, Gulin, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1216 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giulio Fioravanti,  Angelo Marchiandi,  Eva Ruta,  Luigi Paolillo  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 108.
    Giordano: Andrea Chenier / Tebaldi, Del Monaco
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1199 Release Date: 08/17/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco,  Renata Tebaldi,  Amalia Pini,  Silvano Pagliuca  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Lirici Italiana
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 109.
    Recitals - An Evening With Mario Del Monaco
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 2004 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco,  Fedora Barbieri,  Leyla Gencer,  Tito Gobbi
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 110.
    Recitals - An Evening With Tito Gobbi
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 2003 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Mario Del Monaco,  Irmgard Seefried
    CD: $9.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 111.
    Puccini: Il Trittico / Gardelli, Tebaldi, Del Monaco
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 411665 Release Date: 03/30/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Robert Merrill,  Lucia Danieli,  Silvio Maionica,  Renato Ercolani  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
    Recommendation
    On sale! $36.98
    ArkivCD $31.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $36.98   ArkivCD:  $31.99 Add to Cart

  • 112.
    The Tenors Of The Century
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 459362 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  José Ximénez,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Luigi Alva,  Renato Cesari,  José Carreras,  Francisco Araiza  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Daniel Garcia Blanco,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 113.
    Verdi: Otello / Erede, Monaco, Tucci, Gobbi, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1160 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gabriela Tucci,  Tito Gobbi,  Mariano Caruso,  Anna di Stasio  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo,  NHK Symphony Chorus Tokyo
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 114.
    Nessun Dorma - 20 Great Tenor Arias / Pavarotti, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458215 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Jussi Björling,  Giuseppe Di Stefano  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Zubin Mehta,  Alberto Erede,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $12.99
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 115.
    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino - Highlights / Molinari-pradelli
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 452736 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Cesare Siepi,  Mario Del Monaco,  Renata Tebaldi,  Ettore Bastianini  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus
    On sale! $11.98
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $11.98   CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 116.
    Verdi: Il Trovatore Highlights / Tebaldi, Del Monaco, Erede
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4501892 Release Date: 07/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Luisa Maragliano,  Renata Tebaldi,  Giulietta Simionato,  Mario Del Monaco
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geneva Grand Theatre Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
    Recommendation
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 117.
    Bizet: Carmen / Schippers, Resnik, Del Monaco, Sutherland
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443871 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Regina Resnik,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Claude Calès,  Georgette Spanellys  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Grand Theatre Chorus
    On sale! $17.98
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $17.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 118.
    Mario Del Monaco - Opera Arias
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1039 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco
    Conductor:  Argeo Quadri,  Tomaso Benintende-Neglia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra
    On sale! $25.98
    CD: $21.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $25.98   CD:  $21.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 119.
    Verdi: Aida / Tebaldi, Stignani, Del Monaco, Erede
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440239 Release Date: 04/12/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ebe Stignani,  Fernando Corena,  Mario Del Monaco,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
    Recommendation
    On sale! $17.99
    CD: $7.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $17.99   CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 120.
    Boito: Mefistofele / Serafin, Siepi, Tebaldi, Del Monaco
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 440054 Release Date: 12/06/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Floriana Cavalli,  Cesare Siepi,  Mario Del Monaco,  Lucia Danieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus
    Recommendation
    On sale! $31.98
    ArkivCD $24.99
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $31.98   ArkivCD:  $24.99 Add to Cart

    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 121.
    Renata Tebaldi
    Label: London/Decca Grandi Voci   Catalog: 440408 Release Date: 11/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfredo Catalani,  Arrigo Boito,  Umberto Giordano,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Cornell MacNeil,  Luisa Ribacchi,  Mario Del Monaco
    Conductor:  Fausto Cleva,  Tullio Serafin,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Alberto Erede  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra  ... 
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 122.
    Mario Del Monaco
    Label: London/Decca Grandi Voci   Catalog: 440407 Release Date: 08/02/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Agustín Lara,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Eduardo Di Capua  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco,  Piero de Palma,  Fernando Corena,  Athos Cesarini  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Ernesto Nicelli,  Franco Capuana,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  New Symphony Orchestra  ... 
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 123.
    Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Gavazzeni, Cerquetti, Simionato
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 433770 Release Date: 04/05/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Mario Del Monaco,  Anita Cerquetti,  Ettore Bastianini  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
    On sale! $33.98
    ArkivCD $24.99
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $33.98   ArkivCD:  $24.99 Add to Cart

    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 124.
    Puccini: Tosca / Molinari-Pradelli, Tebaldi, Del Monaco
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 411871 Release Date: 04/30/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  George London,  Renata Tebaldi,  Silvio Maionica,  Fernando Corena  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
    Recommendation
    On sale! $33.98
    ArkivCD $24.99
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $33.98   ArkivCD:  $24.99 Add to Cart

    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 125.
    J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Karajan, Güden, Kmentt, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421046 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Erich Kunz,  Eberhard Wächter,  Regina Resnik  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

1 2 3 4 5 6