Beniamino Gigli - A Life in Words and Music

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Beniamino Gigli - A Life in Words and Music

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8558148-51
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Beniamino Gigli - A Life in Words and Music

Written and narrated by Graeme Kay, includes over 40 original recordings from 1918 to 1952


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Gigli: A Life in Words and Music

'I was born with a voice and very little else...' / Ponchielli: 'Cielo e mar' from La Gioconda - 1918

Family background

Gigli's stage debut and poverty-stricken start

Puccini: 'O soave fanciulla' from La Boheme - 1919

Service in the household of Countess Spannocchi

Donizetti: 'Spirto gentil' from La favorita - 1918

Colonel Delfino, and Giovanni Zerri's legal agreement

Cannio: O surdato 'nnammurato - 1918

A hospital visit and a scholarship

Mascagni: 'Ah! ritrovarla nella sua capanna' from Lodoletta - 1918

Gigli graduates and makes his debut; he goes for the high B flat

Puccini: 'E lucevan le stelle' from Tosca - 1918

Marriage, Rome and a tour to Spain

Mascagni: 'Apri la tua finestra!' from Iris - 1918

A letter from Fred Gaisberg of HMV

Mascagni: 'Mamma, quel vino e generoso' from Cavalleria rusticana - 1919

Gigli conquers South America, and receives an offer from the Met

Metropolitan Opera debut in Mefistofele

Boito: 'Giunto sul passo estremo' from Mefistofele - 1921

The critics' verdict, and more performances

Donizetti: 'Tombe degl'avi miei' from Lucia di Lammermoor - 1927

Gigli's fate becomes entwined with Caruso's

Giordano: 'Un di all'azzurro spazio' from Andrea Chenier - 1922

Who will be Caruso's successor?

Verdi: 'De'miei bollenti spiriti' from La traviata - 1928

Life forms a regular pattern, and Gigli learns to sing in foreign languages

Lalo: 'Vainement, ma bien aimee' from Le Roi d'Ys - 1922

Manon at the Met

Massenet: 'O dolce incanto' from Manon - 1931

Catalani's Loreley

Catalani: 'Nel verde maggio' from Loreley - 1923

Summer in Italy, then back to New York and some physical training

Gounod: 'Ah! ne fuis pas encore!' from Romeo et Juliette - 1923

Honorary Captain of the NYPD

Meyerbeer: 'O paradiso' from L'Africaine - 1928

Flourishing finances and professional rivalries

Crushing remarks; the attraction of radio

Sullivan: The Lost Chord - 1931

A new decade, and the honour of playing Nemorino at the Met

Donizetti: 'Quanto e bella' from L'elisir d'amore - 1925

Debuts in Paris and London, and London's critical reception

Flotow: 'M'appari' [Ach! So fromm] from Mata [Martha] - 1929

Crisis: the death of Gigli's mother, and tension at the Met

Departure from the Met

America's loss is Europe's gain

Speech: Gigli in an interview at the Savoy Hotel, London - 1946

Cherished London reviews

Leoncavallo: 'No, Pagliacci non son!' from Pagliacci - 1934

Recording reflects the drama

Leoncavallo: 'Suvvia, cosi terribile' from Pagliacci - 1934

Touring, Gigli's working relationships, and a new turn of events

De Curtis: Non ti scorder di me - 1935

Film popularity, Hitler and Goebbels, and the Caracalla tradition

Puccini: 'Che gelida manina' from La Boheme - 1938

Voice expert John Steane's recommendation

Puccini: ' O soave fanciulla' from La Boheme - 1938

A new recording of Tosca

Puccini: 'Recondita armonia' from Tosca - 1938

Patience and hard work produce 'a perfrect set of master recordings'

Puccini: 'E lucevan le stelle' from Tosca - 1938

A return to America and the Met

Verdi: 'Ingemisco' from the Requiem - 1939

The recording of Madama Butterfly

Puccini: Closing moments of Act I, Madama Butterfly - 1939

War keeps Gigli in Italy

Introductory speech to Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni - 1940

Translation of the speech

Mascagni: 'Mamma, quel vino e generoso' from Cavalleria rusticana - 1940

More role debuts, Gigli's wartime films, and Andrea Chenier

Giordano: 'Un di all'azzurro spazio' from Andrea Chenier - 1941

John Steane's verdict

Giordano: 'Come un bel di di maggio' from Andrea Chenier - 1941

Rome Opera House rallies wartime spirits

Verdi: 'Teco io sto - Gran Dio' from Un ballo in maschera - 1943

Verdi: 'Non sai tu che se l'anima mia' from Un ballo in maschera - 1943

Verdi: 'Oh, qual soave brivido' from Un ballo in maschera - 1943

Gigli's political affiliations

Verdi: 'Celeste Aida' from Aida - 1946

Postwar Italy: an HMV manager's report

Verdi: 'Pui ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida' from Aida - 1946

Covent Garden with Rina, then a tour of Britian and Ireland

Speech given by Gigli after a concert at the Royal Albert Hall - 1952

The final phase - and no thoughts of retirement

Di Veroli: Ritorna amore - 1952

A last visit to the USA

Cottrau: Santa Lucia - 1949

Gigli's death, his obituaries, and his place in the tenor lineage

Meyerbeer: 'O paradiso' from L'Africaine (ending) - 1928

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