Lorenzo Molajoli


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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  • 1.
    Voices of Italian Opera
    Label: Warner 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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  • 2.
    La Scala Edition, Volume 2 - 1916-1946
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64864 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Arrigo Boito,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Riccardo Stracciari,  Elvira De Hidalgo,  Nazzareno de Angelis,  Dino Borgioli  ... 
    Conductor:  Giorgio Polacco,  Carlo Sabajno,  Angelo Albergoni,  Lorenzo Molajoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    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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  • 4.
    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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  • 5.
    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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  • 6.
    Italian Singers Of Wagner Vol 2 / Del Monaco, Pertile, Et Al
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6354 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Giuseppe Modesti,  Africo Baldelli,  Maria Callas,  Luigi Rossi-Morelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui,  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Carlo Sabajno,  Argeo Quadri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Orchestra  ... 
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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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  • 8.
    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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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    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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  • 11.
    Puccini: La Bohčme / Molajoli, Pampanini, Marini, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1125 Release Date: 11/21/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Rosetta Pampanini,  Aristide Baracchi,  Luba Mirella,  Gino Vannelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Molajoli, Pampanini, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1123 Release Date: 11/21/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Rosetta Pampanini,  Alessandro Granda,  Conchita Velasquez,  Cesira Ferrari  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers At The Gran Teatro Del Liceo
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7869 Release Date: 06/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Edoardo Mascheroni,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Barrientos,  Riccardo Stracciari,  Francisco Vińas,  Mattia Battistini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno,  Gelabert,,  Robert Heger,  Lorenzo Molajoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Prima Voce - The Spirit Of Christmas Past
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7861 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alois Melichar,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  Elinor Remick Warren  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Stewart Wille,  Ernestine Schumann-Heink,  Basil Rathbone  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Josef Pasternack,  Hermann Weigert,  Charles O'Connell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
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    Prima Voce - Claudia Muzio
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7814 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Licinio Refice,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Claudia Muzio,  Francesco Merli
    Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Licinio Refice
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