Lorenzo Molajoli

Biography

Born: 1868; Milan, Italy   Died: April 4, 1939; Rome, Italy  
Lorenzo Molajoli is today often viewed as one of those mysterious figures in the world of music about whom rumors swirl and false identities abound. Theories have circulated that Molajoli never existed, that he was, in fact, Arturo Toscanini, or perhaps Tullio Serafin or even Victor de Sabata. Such conjecture can be put to rest because, despite the mysteries surrounding him, he was a real person and managed to lead a major conducting career in Read more Italy, if not abroad, even if he left little impression on music history. It would seem quite contradictory that he had no biographers and is found in few reference works, yet made 20 or more opera recordings in the late 1920s and early 1930s for a major label (Columbia) and led many performances at La Scala during the period between the two world wars. Recordings of his work today suggest he was a master interpreter of the operas of Verdi and perhaps of Ponchielli, Bizet, Puccini, and others.

Lorenzo Molajoli was born in Rome in 1868. Little is known of his family background and early education. He studied music in Rome at the Academia di Santa Cecilia, from where he graduated around 1891. It was that year that he launched his career, apparently in the smaller opera houses in Italy, slowly building a reputation. Eventually, he made his way to South Africa and to the Americas, where he seems to have busied himself in the less prestigious opera houses.

Molajoli may have led performances at La Scala in the period immediately before World War I, as some have claimed, but no record substantiates such activity. He seems to have come to prominence in the post-World War I era when his first appearances at La Scala are historically documented.

Molajoli led many performances of Verdi's operas there in the 1920s and 1930s. From 1928 to 1932 he recorded Rigoletto, Falstaff, La Traviata, and Il Trovatore. Beside these standards, he also recorded operas by Bizet (Carmen), Puccini (Manon Lescaut, La bohčme), Leoncavallo (I Pagliacci), and many others. Molajoli worked at La Scala with some of the finest singers of the day, including Giannina Arangi-Lombardi, Mercedes Capsir, Pia Tassinari, Salvatore Baccaloni, Francesco Merli, and a spate of others. After 1932 he apparently limited his activity and may have been in declining health. He died in Milan on April 4, 1939. Read less
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    Giordano: Fedora, Etc / Molajoli, Bruna-rasa, Et Al
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704778 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Emilio Ghirardini,  Antonio Alfieri,  Ida Mannarini,  Luba Mirella  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
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  • 2.
    Voices Of Italian Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40509 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Edita Gruberova,  Margherita Carosio,  Francesco Meli  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Evelino Pidň  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci / Molajoli, Pampanini, Galeffi, Merli, Vanelli
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 20060 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Francesco Merli,  Carlo Galeffi,  Rosetta Pampanini,  Giuseppe Nessi  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit: Carlo Morelli
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89738 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Umberto Giordano,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Morelli,  Luigi Montesanto,  Toti Dal Monte,  Iva Pacetti
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Alfredo Antonini
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  • 5.
    Classical Favourites Sampler
    Label: Avid   Catalog: 577 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Giacomo Puccini,  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claudia Muzio,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Nils Grevillius,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Arturo Toscanini  ... 
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  • 6.
    The Record of Singing - The Very Best of Vols 1-4
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28956 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Arthur Sullivan,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Anderson,  Kosti Vehanen,  Dame Clara Butt,  Richard Crooks  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich,  Clarence Raybould,  Georges Lauweryns,  Nat Finston  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Pasdeloup Concert Association Orchestra  ... 
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    Sopranos In The Grand Tradition / Dal Monte, Flagstad, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67179 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Arrigo Boito  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Zamboni,  Rosetta Pampanini,  Toti Dal Monte,  Gina Cigna  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Carlo Sabajno,  Franco Ghione,  Oliviero de Fabritiis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Tancredi Pasero - Arias Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89114 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Gino Vanelli,  Ebe Stignani,  Francesco Merli,  Giovanni Malipiero  ... 
    Conductor:  Angelo Albergoni,  Ugo Tansini,  Lorenzo Molajoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  EIAR Symphony Orchestra Turin
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Eva Turner
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89634 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Eva Turner
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Lorenzo Molajoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenhiet - Salvatore Baccaloni
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89615 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  I. Filippi,  Emanuele Nutile  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Baccaloni,  Giulia Gerace,  Pietro Cimara,  Irma Mion  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maria Gentile
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89611 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Aristide Baracchi,  Maria Gentile,  Alessandro Granda,  Giuseppe Nessi  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Wolfgang Martin,  Leo Blech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Great Voices Of The Past - Favorite French Excerpts
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8016 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jacques Halévy,  Gustave Charpentier,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Performer:  Rosa Ponselle,  Emmy Destinn,  Lawrence Tibbett,  Enrico Caruso  ... 
    Conductor:  Erno Rapée,  Carlo Sabajno,  Alberto Erede,  Lorenzo Molajoli  ... 
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  • 13.
    Maria Callas & The Great Sopranos
    Label: Avid   Catalog: 707 Release Date: 03/27/2001  
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Nellie Melba,  Claudia Muzio,  Elisabeth Rethberg,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Rogers,  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Rosario Bourdon,  Walter Susskind  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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    Prima Voce Vol 2 - Treasury Of Opera - Historic Recordings
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1738 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Félicien César David,  Jacques Offenbach,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Koshetz,  Feodor Chaliapin,  Clement Barone,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Franco Ghione,  Rosario Bourdon,  Hans Lange  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: Falstaff / Molajoli, Rimini, Tassinari, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 9001 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Rita Monticone,  Emilio Ghirardini,  Salvatore Baccaloni,  Pia Tassinari  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    The Prima Voce Treasury Of Opera Vol 1
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1742 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Eidé Noréna,  Conchita Supervia,  Tito Schipa,  Riccardo Stracciari  ... 
    Conductor:  Henri Défosse,  Angelo Albergoni,  Giorgio Polacco,  Nils Grevillius  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra,  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Emi Record Of Singing Vol 3 - 1926-1939
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Federico Ricci,  William Garnet James  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Lotte Schöne,  Salvatore Baccaloni,  Irma Mion  ... 
    Conductor:  Hanns Udo Müller,  Erich Orthmann,  Carlo Sabajno,  Franco Ghione  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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    Prima Voce - Highlights / Amato, Anderson, Battistini, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1446 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jules Massenet,  George Frideric Handel,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Lapitino,  Pasquale Amato,  Tito Schipa,  Eidé Noréna  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Rogers,  Mario Cordone,  Joseph Messner,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Georges Thill
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89168 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Georges Thill,  Mary McCormick
    Conductor:  Fernand Heurteur,  Eugčne Bigot,  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Georges Truc  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Mercedes Capsir
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89157 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emilio Arrieta,  Julius Benedict,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Mercedes Capsir,  Carlo Galeffi,  Lionello Cecil
    Conductor:  Daniel Montorio,  Lorenzo Molajoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Antonio Melandri
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89134 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Arrigo Boito,  Umberto Giordano,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Melandri,  Nazzareno de Angelis,  Gilda dalla Rizza,  Eugenio Dall'Argine  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Maria Caniglia
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89131 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Francesco Cilča,  Alfredo Catalani,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Caniglia,  Tancredi Pasero
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Luigi Ricci,  Gino Marinuzzi,  Umberto Berrettoni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Enrico Molinari
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89129 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Arrigo Boito,  Umberto Giordano,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Nunu Sanchioni,  Enrico Molinari,  Elena Cheli,  Ida Mannarini
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Aureliano Pertile Vol Ii / Sabajno, Erede, Molajoli, Etc
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9229 Release Date: 07/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Arrigo Boito,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Benvenuto Franci,  Aureliano Pertile,  Cesare Baromeo,  Antonio Righetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno,  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Gino Nastrucci,  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Milan Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Aureliano Pertile Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89116 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Richard Wagner,  Arrigo Boito,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Aureliano Pertile,  Gina Cigna
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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