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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  • 1.
    Donizetti: La Favorita / Questa, Barbieri, Tagliabue, Raimondi
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1494 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Giulio Neri,  Fedora Barbieri,  Carlo Tagliabue,  Gianni Raimondi
    Conductor:  Angelo Questa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
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  • 2.
    Verdi - The Great Operas [18-CD Set]
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 9012 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Renato Ercolani,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Tito Gobbi,  William Dickie  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Renato Cellini,  Gabriele Santini,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale,  RCA Victor Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Previtali, Lauri-volpi, Mancini, Tagliabue, Sciutti
    Label: Cetra   Catalog: 61890 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giacomo Lauri-Volpi,  Caterina Mancini,  Miriam Pirazzini,  Carlo Tagliabue  ... 
    Conductor:  Fernando Previtali
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Marinuzzi, Masini, Caniglia, Stignani
    Label: Cetra   Catalog: 61485 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ebe Stignani,  Carlo Tagliabue,  Galliano Masini,  Tancredi Pasero  ... 
    Conductor:  Gino Marinuzzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
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  • 5.
    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Serafin, Callas, Tucker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48191 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Richard Tucker,  Carlo Tagliabue,  Elena Nicolai  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 6.
    Il Mito Dell'opera - Leoncavallo: 16 Prologues To Pagliacci
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1214 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Domenico Viglione-Borghese,  Carlo Galeffi,  Robert Merrill,  Pasquale Amato  ... 
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  • 7.
    Verdi: La Traviata / Tagliabue, Berretoni, Noli, Campora
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 20054 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Arrigo Boito
    Performer:  Giulia Olini,  Cesare Masini Sperti,  Dario Caselli,  Ottavio Serpo  ... 
    Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni,  Alberto Erede,  Franco Capuana
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Giuseppe Campora, Vol. 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89718 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giuseppe Campora,  Giovanni Inghilleri,  Rosetta Noli,  Giulia Olini  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Santini,  Alberto Erede,  Umberto Berrettoni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Orchestra De La Suisse Romande
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  • 9.
    Puccini: Tosca / Capnist, Corelli, Tagliabue, Votto
    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 4036 Release Date: 12/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Mario Zorgniotti,  Renato Ercolani,  Antonio Sacchetti,  Renata Heredia Capnist  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan RAI Chorus,  Milan RAI Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Maria Callas - The Complete Studio Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95918 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  David Sellar,  Giorgio Tadeo,  Tito Gobbi  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno,  Georges Prêtre,  Tullio Serafin,  Antonino Votto  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Paris Opera Orchestra,  Paris Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 11.
    Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani / Rossi, Taglibue, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 20048 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Walter Artioli,  Mario Ortica,  Mario Zorgniotti,  Giuliano Ferrein  ... 
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
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  • 12.
    Respighi: La Fiamma / Molinari-pradelli, Coleva, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1451 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Performer:  Carlo Tagliabue,  Maria Teresa Mandalari,  Tusa Santo,  Luisa Villa  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Italian Radio Chorus Milan
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  • 13.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Margherita Carosio
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89616 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Margherita Carosio,  Carlo Tagliabue
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Leopoldo Gennai,  Franco Patanè,  Anatole Fistoulari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 7001 Release Date: 06/03/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Maria Caniglia,  Ebe Stignani,  Carlo Tagliabue  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - On The Wings Of Belcanto - Bellini
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89240 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Gino Vanelli,  Tancredi Pasero,  Maria Callas,  Giacomo Lauri-Volpi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Marinuzzi, Caniglia, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 9007 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ebe Stignani,  Galliano Masini,  Tancredi Pasero,  Saturno Meletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Gino Marinuzzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
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  • 17.
    Four Famous Italian Baritones - Stabile, Reali, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89955 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Silveri,  Antenore Reali,  Carlo Tagliabue,  Giacinto Prandelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Hugo Rignold,  Arturo Basile,  Stanford Robinson,  Franco Patanè  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  EIAR Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Callas Edition - Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Serafin, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56323 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni,  Elena Nicolai,  Renato Capecchi,  Plinio Clabassi  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 19.
    Four Famous Italian Baritones
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89988 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Basiola,  Tito Gobbi,  Carlo Tagliabue,  Gino Bechi
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  • 20.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Carlo Tagliabue Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89139 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Tagliabue,  Margherita Carosio,  Galliano Masini,  Rosetta Noli
    Conductor:  Franco Patanè,  Gino Marinuzzi,  Umberto Berrettoni,  Ugo Tansini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  EIAR Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Orchestra of the Opera Italiana
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  • 21.
    Il Mito Dell'opera - Mascagni: L'amico Fritz / Vittorio Gui
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1098 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Stefania Pirandello,  Pier Luigi Latinucci,  Walter Artioli,  Cesare Valletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Milan,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan
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  • 22.
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1083 Release Date: 03/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Piccinelli,,  Franco Vittadini,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Tagliabue,  Alessandro Granda,  Margherita Carosio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  EIAR Orchestra Rome
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  • 23.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Carlo Tagliabue
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89015 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Tagliabue
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  • 24.
    Il Mito Dell'opera - Galliano Masini
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1067 Release Date: 12/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Umberto Giordano,  Francesco Cilèa,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Galliano Masini,  Carlo Tagliabue
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