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Virgilio Lazzari

Virgilio Lazzari (20 April 1887, Assisi – 4 October 1953, Castel Gandolfo) was an Italian operatic bass who had an active international performance career from 1908 to 1953. He had lengthy associations with the Chicago Civic Opera (1918–1932) and the Metropolitan Opera (1933–1950), and frequently performed at the Salzburg Festival during the 1930s. He appeared as a guest artist with opera houses internationally, including the Royal Opera House, the Teatro Colón, and the Teatro Carlo Felice among others.

Lazzari was particularly known for his performances of Archibaldo in L'amore dei tre re and Leporello in Don Giovanni. In 1943 he created the role of Salomone in the world premiere of Italo Montemezzi's L'incantesimo. Music critic Harold Rosenthal stated that Lazzari was "one of the best singing actors in his particular repertory". While working in Chicago he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. His voice is preserved on complete recordings of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni which he made with the Metropolitan Opera.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 20th, 1887 (Assisi), Died Castel Gandolfo

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: bass vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 5219 10-in. 12/18/1916 Infelice! E tuo credevi Virgilio Lazzari Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Edison 5220 10-in. 12/18/1916 La calunnia Virgilio Lazzari Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Edison 5709 10-in. 7/25/1917 Faust : Final trio Guido Ciccolini ; Virgilio Lazzari ; Odette Le Fontenay Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Edison 7151 10-in. 2/6/1920 Chi mi frena Operatic Sextette [Edison] Mixed vocal sextet, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Edison 7179 10-in. 2/25/1920 Final trio Consuelo Escobar de Castro ; Virgilio Lazzari ; Albert Lindquest Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lazzari, Virgilio," accessed October 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109259.

Lazzari, Virgilio. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109259.

"Lazzari, Virgilio." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109259

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