Aldo Protti

Biography

Born: July 19, 1920; Cremona, Italy   Died: August 10, 1995; Cremona, Italy  
With nothing like Tito Gobbi's incisive voice and cunning histrionic ability, Giuseppe Taddei's sumptuous sound and witty personality, or Ettore Bastianini's bronzed vocal instrument, Aldo Protti nonetheless managed a significant career in the Italy of the 1950s and 1960s. Essentially a house baritone for London/Decca Records before the company acquired Bastianini, Protti performed leading roles in Aida, Rigoletto, La Traviata, I Pagliacci, Read more Cavalleria Rusticana, and Otello. While lacking a glamorous presence and sound, Protti was reliable, often more than that.

At the end of WWII, Protti entered the Conservatorio Musicale di Parma and, in 1948, won first prize in Bologna's Concorso Nazionale di Canto. His debut took place on October 9, 1948, at the Teatro Pergolesi di Jesi as Rossini's Figaro. Less than two years later, Protti was at La Scala singing Amonasro in Aida. From that point forward, Protti sang in many of Italy's leading theaters as well as making guest appearances in Vienna. Beginning in 1955, Protti participated in broadcasts on Televisione Italiana, also becoming a frequent guest in productions broadcast on Italian radio. For the latter, he reached beyond Verdi to include such rarities as La Morte di Danton (Danton's Tod) and Genoveva. He also appeared in a broadcast of Lorenzo Perosi's La passione di Cristo. In 1957, Protti appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Barnaba and Marcello, but, with Gobbi, MacNeil, and Bastianini already on the roster, the company had no further need of his services.

When Herbert von Karajan recorded Otello in 1961, Bastianini was the Iago of choice. When it became clear that Bastianini had failed to learn the part, however, Karajan insisted on Protti (by then, Vienna's resident Iago) for the role. While Decca officials had serious reservations, Protti rose to create a performance leagues ahead of his 1954 recording for the company.

Much decorated, Protti was the recipient of such honors as the Viotti d'Oro in 1961, the Gazzotti d'Oro in 1963, and, in 1969, a nomination as a Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana. Among his roles, Rigoletto was the one he performed most often, a remarkable 425 times in all; Scarpia, di Luna, Don Carlo, and Iago each figured more than 100 times on Protti's performance roster. Read less
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    Verdi: Nabucco / Rescigno, Protti, Osma, Tagliavini
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 079/80 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Aldo Protti,  Marcella De Osma,  Raffaele Arié,  Franco Tagliavini  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Votto, Tebaldi, Di Stefano, Protti, Modesti
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 76 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giuseppe Modesti,  Aldo Protti,  Antonio Zerbini,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Zandonai: Francesca Da Rimini
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 100726 Release Date: 11/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Riccardo Zandonai,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Pedro Farrés,  Aldo Protti,  Michel Hamel,  Ruggero Bondino  ... 
    Conductor:  Nello Santi,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22315 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Leyla Gencer,  Stefania Malagú,  Franco Calabrese  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22305 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Fernando Corena,  Aldo Protti,  Hilde [Soprano Vocal] Gueden,  Mario Del Monaco
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704303 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Saverio Porzano,  Carlo Cava,  Mario Rinaudo,  Virginia Zeani  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
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    Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Cillario, Udovich, Labo, Protti
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 567 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli
    Performer:  Mignon Dunn,  Flaviano Labò,  Lucilla Udovich,  Aldo Protti  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
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    Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani / Votto, Protti, Roberti, Ferraro, Clabassi
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Aldo Protti,  Pier Miranda Ferraro,  Margherita Roberti,  Plinio Clabassi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0126 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Piero de Palma,  Renato Capecchi,  Fedora Barbieri,  Mario Del Monaco  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
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    Giordano: Andrea Chenier / Votto, Callas, Del Monaco, Protti
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0882252 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco,  Aldo Protti,  Silvana Zanolli,  Maria Amadini  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    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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    Mascagni: Parasina / Gavazzeni, Hazzan, Vendittelli, Silva
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2440/2 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Ferruccio Furianetto,  Stella Silva,  Aldo Protti,  Katia Angeloni  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
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    Verdi: Rigoletto / Basile, Protti, Tucci, Poggi, Di Stasio
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4499 Release Date: 07/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Silvano Pagliuca,  Anna di Stasio,  Gianni Poggi,  Gabriela Tucci  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Basile
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Choraliers,  Fujiwara Opera Chorus,  Nikikai Chorus  ... 
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    Verdi: Otello, Highlights / Karajan, Del Monaco, Tebaldi
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 421324 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco,  Nello Romanato,  Tom Krause,  Fernando Corena  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Verdi: Otello
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4759984 Release Date: 02/04/2008  
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Libero Arbace,  Athos Cesarini,  Fernando Corena,  Tom Krause  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Children's Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Maria Callas / 7 Complete Operas (14-disc Set)
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9907 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Umberto Giordano,  Gasparo Spontini  ... 
    Performer:  Virgilio Carbonari,  Piero de Palma,  Rinaldo Pelizzoni,  Ettore Bastianini  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto,  Herbert von Karajan,  Tullio Serafin,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: Aida / Capuana, Simionato, Del Monaco, Tucci
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4420 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Gabriela Tucci,  Mario Del Monaco,  Aldo Protti
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo
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    Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci / Del Monaco, Tucci
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4421 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco,  Antonio Pirino,  Attilio D'Orazi,  Gabriela Tucci  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Morelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo Choraliers,  Fujiwara Opera Chorus,  NHK Italian Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Giordano: Andrea Chenier / Capuana, Giordano, Tebaldi
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4419 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco,  Renata Tebaldi,  Amalia Pini,  Aldo Protti  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fujiwara Opera Chorus Group,  Tokyo Choraliers,  NHK Italian Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Verdi: Rigoletto / Erede, Gueden, Del Monaco, Protti, Et Al
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 305 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Fernando Corena,  Luisa Ribacchi,  Maria Castelli,  Dario Caselli  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus
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  • 22.
    Il Mito Dell'opera - Aldo Protti
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1193 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Protti
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Aldo Protti
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89641 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Aldo Protti,  Mario Del Monaco,  Angelo Mercuriali,  Piero de Palma  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Verdi: Aida / Erede, Tebaldi, Del Monaco, Corena, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 191 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Mario Del Monaco,  Fernando Corena,  Aldo Protti  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Giordano: Andrea Chénier / Votto, Callas, Del Monaco, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67913 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Silvana Zanolli,  Aldo Protti,  Maria Amadini,  Lucia Danieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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