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Attilio Parelli

Attilio Enrico Paparella, known professionally as Attilio Parelli (31 May 1874 – 26 December 1944) was an Italian conductor and composer.

Born in the village of Monteleone d'Orvieto, about 35 km southwest of Perugia, he studied with Cesare de Sanctis at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome between 1891 and 1899. He started work as a conductor in Italy and Paris, before moving to the United States. From 1906 he collaborated with Cleofonte Campanini at the Manhattan Opera House and the Chicago Grand Opera Company.

His most important opera, I dispettosi amanti (The Lovers' Quarrel), received its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, in March 1912. In 1925 Parelli returned to Italy and became artistic director of the newly formed Unione Radiofonica Italiana (Italian Radio Union; now RAI) in Milan. In 1926, I dispettosi amanti became the first opera to be broadcast in its entirety on Italian radio.

Parelli married his student Isolina Rapalli. They had no children. He died in Monteleone d'Orvieto on 26 December 1944 and lies buried in the cemetery of his native village.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 31, 1874 (Monteleone d'Orvieto), Died December 26, 1944 (Monteleone d'Orvieto)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor, lyricist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-10037 10-in. 3/10/1911 L'alba nascente Nicola Zerola Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-10136 10-in. 3/30/1911 The happy morning waits John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-12205 10-in. 7/16/1912 Vien meco il ruscello George Hamlin Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 1397 10-in. 1929 Natale in Umbria Grande Orchestra Orchestra, with bell and vocal chorus composer, conductor  
Brunswick 1398/2 10-in. 1929 Pifferata di Natale Grande Orchestra Orchestra composer, conductor  
Gramophone 1253c 12-in. June 1907 Si, io t'amo Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) with orchestra composer, conductor  
Gramophone 1254c 12-in. June 1907 Hermes : Finale ultimo Francesco Cigada ; Ida Giacomelli Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra composer, conductor  
Gramophone 10634b 10-in. June 1907 Vago ricordo Ida Giacomelli Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist, conductor  
Gramophone 10636b 10-in. June 1907 Figlio del mar Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra conductor, composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Parelli, Attilio," accessed June 12, 2024,

Parelli, Attilio. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 12, 2024, from

"Parelli, Attilio." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 12 June 2024.

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