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Tino Pattiera

Tino Pattiera (27 June 1890 – 24 April 1966) was a Croatian-Dalmatian Italian tenor, born in Cavtat, near Dubrovnik.

Prior to taking up the repertory for which he became famous, he was notable in operetta.

Pattiera was a handsome man with an exceptional, dark heroic tenor voice, that was, some say, perfectly suited for roles such as Manrico in Il trovatore. It was in this role that he made his stage debut at the Dresden Opera in 1914 and it was in the Italian repertoire that he specialized. Among his closest friends and colleagues during the early days at Dresden were Richard Tauber and Elisabeth Rethberg.

Pattiera was the most popular tenor in Dresden in the 1920s. It was during that time he partnered with the soprano Meta Seinemeyer and was responsible for a resurgence of interest in Giuseppe Verdi's operas in Germany. Singing with Seinemeyer under Fritz Busch, they gave performances of La forza del destino and Don Carlos in notable productions.

In addition to his work in Dresden in the Italian repertoire, Pattiera sang Tannhäuser and the role of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, was a guest artist in several European cities, and joined the Chicago Opera Company for the 1920/21 season.

On 31 January 1925, the Dresden premiere of Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier was given with Seinemeyer as Maddalena. It won praise from the composer himself, who was in the audience. Tino Pattiera, who became her most famous stage and recording partner, sang the title role.

On occasion compared with Caruso during his partnership with Seinemeyer, Steane notes "that Dresdeners are said to have compared their performances together to the Melba-Caruso evenings at Covent Garden.

Pattiera gave his last performance in 1953 in Dresden and then retired, after which he taught in Vienna. He died in 1966 and is buried in his hometown of Cavtat.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 27th, 1890 (Cavtat), Died April 24th, 1966 (Cavtat)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1922

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 7317 10-in. approximately Feb. 1922 E lucevan le stelle Tino Pattiera Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick 7320 10-in. approximately Feb. 1922 Di quella pira Tino Pattiera Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick 7416 10-in. approximately Feb. 1922 Vesti la giubba Tino Pattiera Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick 6614-6615 10-in. approximately Oct. 1921 Recondita armonia Tino Pattiera Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick 7323-7324 10-in. approximately Feb. 1922 Cielo é mar Tino Pattiera Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pattiera, Tino," accessed September 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104465.

Pattiera, Tino. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104465.

"Pattiera, Tino." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104465

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