Cesare Formichi

Cesare Formichi (April 15, 1883, Rome - July 21, 1949, Rome) was a prominent Italian operatic baritone, particularly associated with the Italian repertory.

Formichi studied in Rome with Pio Di Pietro and in Firenze with Vincenzo Lombardi, and made his debut in December 1907 at the Teatro Olimpia in Bologna as Lescaut in Manon. He went on to appear in Italy's leading opera houses, including La Scala in Milan. Soon, he was accepting a string of engagements to sing outside Italy, notably in Saint Petersburg (in 1912), Buenos Aires (in 1914), Paris (in 1922), Monte-Carlo, Vienna, and London (in 1924).

He sang as first baritone at the Chicago Opera from 1922 until 1932. He sang in Berlin in October 1933 with the Italian opera conducted by Ettore Panizza. He went with a troupe of singers from La Scala on a tour of France in 1935, and later organized opera seasons in London.

Notable roles of his included Ashton, Rigoletto, di Luna, Amonasro, Iago, and some Wagner parts sung in Italian (Klingsor, for example). Formichi possessed a big, rich-toned, important sounding voice which can be heard on the numerous acoustic and electrical recordings which he made during the peak of his career. Many of these recordings have been re-released on CD.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 15th, 1883 (Rome), Died Rome

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1904 - 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone vocal

Notes: Listed on some Columbia disc labels as Secare Formichi or S. Formichi.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 98119 12-in. 2/5/1924 Nemico della patria Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 98120 12-in. 2/5/1924 Credo Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11167 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Di Provenza il mar il suol Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11174 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 O monumento Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11175 10-in. approximately 1903-1914 Prologo Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11176 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Dio possente dio d'amore Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11198 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Quest' assisa Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11286 10-in. approximately 1903-1914 Minnie, dalla mia casa Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11288 10-in. approximately 1903-1913 Miei signori Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11296 10-in. approximately 1903-1913 Se vendetta Maria Alessandrovitch ; Cesare Formichi Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11298 10-in. approximately 1903-1914 Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate Teresina Chelotti ; Cesare Formichi Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11299 10-in. approximately 1903-1914 In armi ora si desta il popol nostro Teresina Chelotti ; Cesare Formichi Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11306 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Pescator, affonda l'esca Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo and chorus, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11457 10-in. approximately 1903-1914 Sei splendida e lucente Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11460 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Ella verra Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11494 10-in. approximately 1903-1914 Gran concertato finale Egidio Cunego ; Cesare Formichi ; D. Frau ; Giovanni Martino ; L. Moglia Vocal quintet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass), with vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11495 10-in. approximately 1903-1914 Gran concertato finale Egidio Cunego ; Cesare Formichi ; D. Frau ; Giovanni Martino ; L. Moglia Vocal quintet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass), with vocal chorus and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11498 10-in. approximately 1903-1914 Di Napata le gole Egidio Cunego ; Cesare Formichi ; L. Moglia Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11169 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Il balen del suo sorriso Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11196 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Alla vita che t'arride Cesare Formichi Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11210 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Sei cosí bella Cesare Formichi Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11295 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Piangi fanciulla Maria Alessandrovitch ; Cesare Formichi Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11297 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 Lassù in ciel Maria Alessandrovitch ; Cesare Formichi Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11300 10-in. Mira d'acerbe lagrime Teresina Chelotti ; Cesare Formichi Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 11451 10-in. between 1903 and 1914 É grave il sacrificio Ida Cattorini ; Cesare Formichi Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Formichi, Cesare," accessed October 23, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104309.

Formichi, Cesare. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104309.

"Formichi, Cesare." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 23 October 2020.

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