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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 101-125 of 129 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 1341c 12-in. approximately Oct. 1907 Prologo Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 1911ah 10-in. 9/3/1912 'Torna a Surriento Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 1912ah 10-in. 9/3/1912 Maria, marì Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 02535v 12-in. 10/15/1912 Deh! Non parlare al misero Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 2728f 12-in. 11/21/1908 Là ci darem là mano Graziella Pareto ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 2732f 12-in. 11/23/1908 Come il romito fior Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 2733f 12-in. 11/23/1908 Lassù in cielo Graziella Pareto ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 2735f 12-in. 11/24/1908 Cortigiani, vil razza dannata Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 2736f 12-in. 11/25/1908 Cancion del toreador Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra and chorus vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 4727h 10-in. Oct. 1906 Veglia o donna Maria Galvany ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 4730h 10-in. Oct. 1906 Si, vendetta Maria Galvany ; Titta Ruffo Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 4733h 10-in. approximately Oct. 1906 Miei Signori Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone z6933f 12-in. 12/24/1912 Vien, Leonora, a piedi tuoi Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 9059b 10-in. ca. Oct. 1906 Il balen del suo sorriso Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 9060b 10-in. ca. Oct. 1906 Di provenza al mar Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 9214e 10-in. 11/21/1908 E la mia dama Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 9215e 10-in. 11/23/1908 E canta il grillo Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 9217e 10-in. 11/24/1908 Per me ora fatale Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 9224e 10-in. 11/25/1908 Meriggiata Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 9228e 10-in. 11/26/1908 Tu sola a me rimani, o poesia Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 9229e 10-in. 11/26/1908 Non penso a lei Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 10548b 10-in. 1907 Ma tu sfiorata di rugiada gentil Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 10549b 10-in. 1907 Disse il saggio Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 10897b 10-in. 1907 Spettro santo Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 10898½b 10-in. 1907 Spettro infernal Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
(Results 101-125 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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