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Titta Ruffo

Titta Ruffo (9 June 1877 – 5 July 1953), born as Ruffo Cafiero (double forename) Titta, was an Italian operatic baritone who had a major international singing career. Known as the "Voce del leone" ("voice of the lion"), he was greatly admired, even by rival baritones, such as Giuseppe De Luca, who said of Ruffo: "His was not a voice, it was a miracle" (although not often published is the second part of De Luca's conclusion "which he [Ruffo] bawled away..."), and Victor Maurel, the creator of Verdi's Iago and Falstaff. Maurel said that the notes of Ruffo's upper register were the most glorious baritone sounds he had ever heard (see Pleasants, cited below). Indeed Walter Legge, the prominent classical record producer, went so far as to call Ruffo "a genius".

Birth and Death Data: Born June 9th, 1877 (Pisa), Died July 5th, 1953 (Florence)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone vocal, speaker

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 129 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-15889 10-in. 4/13/1915 Rammenta i lieti di quando Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-15890 10-in. 4/13/1915 Serenade Mephistopheles Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-15891 10-in. 4/14/1915 Cantabile di Scarpia Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-15892 10-in. 4/14/1915 Urna fatale del mio destino Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-15893 12-in. 4/14/1915 Dio possente Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-15894 10-in. 4/14/1915 All 'erta, marinar! Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-15895 12-in. 4/14/1915 Eri tu? Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-23945 12-in. 4/19/1920 Largo al factotum Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CVE-23945 12-in. 2/25/1926 Largo al factotum Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-23946 12-in. 4/19/1920 Monologo : Pari siamo Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-23947 12-in. 4/20/1920 Adamastor, re dell'onde profonde Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CVE-23947 12-in. 2/18/1929 Adamastor, re dell'acque Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-23948 12-in. 4/20/1920 Era la notte Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-24109 10-in. 5/13/1920 Sei morta ne la vita mia! Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BVE-24109 10-in. 2/18/1929 Sei morta nella vita mia! Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-24110 12-in. 5/13/1920 Brindisi : O vin, discaccia la tristezza Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with piano, harp, and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-24111 10-in. 5/13/1920 Munasterio Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-24112 10-in. 5/13/1920 Novembre Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with piano and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-24113 10-in. 5/13/1920 Pagliacci : Prologue Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with harp and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-24620 12-in. 10/11/1920 Cantabile de Rysoor Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-24621 10-in. 10/11/1920 Son sesant'anni Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-24622 12-in. 10/11/1920 Nemico della patria? Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with piano and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CVE-24622 12-in. 2/18/1929 Nemico della patria? Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-24623 12-in. 10/11/1920 O casto fior Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-25212 12-in. 4/13/1921 O de' verd' anni miei Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
(Results 26-50 of 129 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ruffo, Titta," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101957.

Ruffo, Titta. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101957.

"Ruffo, Titta." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101957

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