Gennaro Papi

Gennaro Papi (December 21, 1886 – November 29, 1941) was an Italian operatic conductor known for his work with the Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Civic Opera companies.

A native of Naples, Papi studied at the conservatory in that city, holding various posts as conductor and choirmaster after his graduation. He came to the United States in 1913, becoming Arturo Toscanini's assistant on the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. When Toscanini left the Met rather suddenly in 1915, Papi became the house's principal conductor, making his debut in that position on November 16, 1916 with Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut. He left the Met in 1927 to become the first conductor of the Chicago Civic Opera, but returned to his old post in 1935.

Papi had collapsed and was found dead in his apartment just hours before he was to conduct a performance of La traviata at the Metropolitan on November 29, 1941; the performance, which was broadcast over the radio by NBC, marked the company debut of tenor Jan Peerce. Ettore Panizza instead conducted. News of Papi's death was intended to be withheld from the company until the performance ended, though the entire cast knew by the end of the first act.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 21st, 1886 (Naples), Died November 29th, 1941

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick XE15474 12-in. 4/8/1925 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick XE15472-XE15473 12-in. 4/8/1925 Cavalleria rusticana : Prelude Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ; Gennaro Papi Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick E15577-E15580 10-in. 4/17/1925 Carmen Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ; Gennaro Papi Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick E15581-E15583 10-in. 4/17/1925 Carmen Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ; Gennaro Papi Orchestra conductor  
Brunswick XE15584-XE15585 12-in. 4/17/1925 Cavalleria rusticana : Intermezzo Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ; Gennaro Papi Orchestra conductor  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Papi, Gennaro," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110522.

Papi, Gennaro. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110522.

"Papi, Gennaro." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110522

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