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Apollo Granforte

Singer details:

Voice: Baritone
Nationality: Italian
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.
Year of Death: 1975

About Apollo Granforte:

Apollo Granforte (20 July 1886, Legnano – 11 June 1975, Milan) was an Italian opera singer and one of the leading baritones active during the inter-war period of the 20th century.

At 9 o'clock on the morning of July 22, 1886, when Granforte was two days old, he was left in a basket at the Ospedale Civile in Legnano, wrapped and wearing a bonnet to which a brass medal was attached by white cotton thread. The nuns at the hospice remarked on his large body and strong profile and thus dubbed him Apollinare Granforte, the name which the president Giovanni Tebon wrote down in the hospice's official records. He was adopted by Gaetano Brigo and Rosa Uccelli, a couple from Noventa Vicentina. At nine years old, he was an apprentice cobbler and enjoyed acting and singing at the small theater in town. At 16 he sang tenor in Lucia di Lammermoor, put on by a small company that traveled the countryside and performed in town squares.

On October 5, 1905, Granforte married eighteen-year-old Amabile Frison. They had a daughter, Maria, in the same year and emigrated to Buenos Aires in Argentina to be with Granforte's brother Erminio Brigo. He continued to work as a shoemaker, and on Sundays sang for the Italian immigrants in local taverns. There he was heard by a wealthy music lover named Pedro Valmagia (aka Pietro Balmaggia), who paid for him to study at the La Prensa Conservatory of Buenos Aires. He then transferred to the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in the same city, studying with masters Nicholas (Nicola?) Guerrera and Guido Capocci.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Largo al factotum Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro
2Votre toast (Toreador Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo
3Te deum Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
4Ah! si ben mio Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
5Amor ti vieta Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
6Cortigiani vil razza dannata Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto
7Il balen del suo sorriso Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
8Quando le sere al placido Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11-3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo
9Povero Rigoletto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: quartetVoice: Br T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Duke/Sparafucile/Marullo
10Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
11Credo in un Dio crudel Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Iago
12Mira di acerbe lagrime Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Leonora
13Por el humo se sabe Popularity:

Opera: Dona FrancisquitaComposer: VivesAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Spanish

Roles:
14Solenne in quest'ora Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Alvaro
15Come un bel di maggio Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Andrea
16No! Pazzo son! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
17O Mimì, tu più non torni Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.02

Type: quartetVoice: T Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Schaunard/Colline
18Pari siamo Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto
19Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
20Guardate, pazzo son Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08-3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
21La mia letizia infondere Popularity:

Opera: Lombardi Prima CrociataComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oronte
22Deserto sulla terra Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
23Quel vecchio maledivami Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-1

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile
24Tutto parea sorridere Popularity:

Opera: Corsaro, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Corrado
25Di geloso amor sprezzato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count/Manrico
26Tace la notte placida Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
27Zaza piccola zingara Popularity:

Opera: ZazaComposer: LeoncavalloAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
28Per me ora fatale Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: aria,choir,finaleVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
29Prima che d'altri vivere Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.17

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Azucena
30Ah! non v'avvicinate Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.08-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Chevalier
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