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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 76-100 of 129 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-34918 12-in. 2/26/1926 Pagliacci : Prologo, part 2 Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CVE-37319 12-in. 12/17/1926 Solenne in quest'ora Beniamino Gigli ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CVE-37320 12-in. 12/17/1926 Ah, Mimì, tu più Beniamino Gigli ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CVE-37321 12-in. 12/17/1926 Enzo Grimaldo Beniamino Gigli ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BVE-49960 10-in. 2/15/1929 E canta il grillo Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BVE-49961 10-in. 2/15/1929 Il gitano re Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BVE-49966 10-in. 2/18/1929 Chanson de Touraine Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BVE-50959 10-in. 3/20/1929 Torna a Surriento Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 459aj 12-in. 9/2/1912 O monumento! Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 461aj 12-in. 9/2/1912 Pescator, affonda l’esca Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 462aj 12-in. 9/3/1912 Pagliacci : Prologo Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 463aj 12-in. 9/3/1912 Largo al factotum Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 464aj 12-in. 9/3/1912 Dai canti d'amore (Canzone) Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 467aj 12-in. 9/3/1912 Pagliacci : Prologo Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 545i 12-in. approximately Oct. 1906 Piangi fanciulla Maria Galvany ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 546i 12-in. Oct. 1906 Dita alla giovane Maria Galvany ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 550i 12-in. approximately Oct. 1906 Le minaccie, i fieri accenti Emanuele Ischierdo ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 791c 12-in. October 1906 Largo al factotum Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 792c 12-in. October 1906 Dio possente Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 1312½c 12-in. 1907 Nega se puoi la luce Maria Galvany ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 1315c 12-in. approximately Oct. 1907 Brindisi Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 1318c 12-in. 1907 Per me giunto è il dì supremo Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 1328½c 12-in. 1907 Dunque io son? Maria Galvany ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 1329c 12-in. Fall 1907 Monologo Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 1330c 12-in. 1907 Pari siamo Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
(Results 76-100 of 129 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ruffo, Titta," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101957.

Ruffo, Titta. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101957.

"Ruffo, Titta." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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