Salvatore Baccaloni

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Salvatore Baccaloni
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Baccaloni as Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville
Born(1900-04-14)14 April 1900
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died31 December 1969(1969-12-31) (aged 69)
OccupationOpera singer, buffo artist, actor
Years active1950-1962

Salvatore Baccaloni (14 April 1900 31 December 1969) was an Italian operatic bass, buffo artist, and actor.


Life and career

Baccaloni was born in Rome. After attending the Sistine Chapel choir school from age seven, [1] he studied voice with the celebrated baritone Giuseppe Kaschmann (Josip Kašman, 1847–1925) and cast aside his initial ambitions to become an architect. He made his professional debut as Bartolo in The Barber of Seville , at Rome's Teatro Adriano, in 1922.

He sang for the first time at La Scala, Milan, in 1926, in Ildebrando Pizzetti's Debora e Jaele. Initially, he performed the standard bass parts there, such as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Sparafucile in Rigoletto . However, on the advice of La Scala's principal conductor, Arturo Toscanini, he decided to specialise in comic roles. He thus went on to make an indelible impression as Leporello in Don Giovanni , Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore , the title character in Don Pasquale , Varlaam in Boris Godunov , the title character in Falstaff and the name part in Gianni Schicchi . Baccaloni also sang supporting roles such as Benoît in La bohème and the Sacristan in Tosca . He created several operatic roles, too, including that of L'uomo di legge (the Lawyer) in Umberto Giordano's Il re (at La Scala in 1929) and parts in Riccardo Zandonai's La Farsa amorosa (Rome, 1933) and Vigna by Guerrini (Rome, 1935).

Baccaloni enjoyed a successful international career as well, making his debut at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Timur in Turandot in 1928; at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Melitone in La forza del destino in 1930; at the Glyndebourne Festival as Alfonso in Così fan tutte in 1936; at the San Francisco Opera as Leporello in 1938; and, at the Metropolitan Opera, on 7 December 1940, as Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro and in 1952, Baccaloni toured with "The Stars of the Metropolitan Opera" South American tour alongside Jan Peerce, June Preston, Norberto Ardelli, Stephan Ballarani, and more. He was to remain at the Met until 1962. He often sang in Philadelphia with a succession of opera companies from 1951 through to 1966. He made his debut with the Philadelphia Civic Grand Opera Company in 1951 in the title role of Don Pasquale, his debut with the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company in 1956, as Benoît/Alcindoro in La bohème, and his debut with the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company in 1959, as Benoît/Alcindoro.

He was rotund in build (at times he weighed more than 300 pounds). [1]


Baccaloni formed his own opera company which toured the United States in the 1940s, Baccaloni Co.[ citation needed ]


Baccaloni died in New York City on 31 December 1969, aged 69. His voice is preserved on a number of recordings, many of which have been reissued on compact disc. He also appeared in several movies during the 1950s and '60s. On 27 April 1959, he appeared on The Danny Thomas Show starring Danny Thomas. [2] [ full citation needed ]


1946La viuda celosa
1956 Full of Life Papa Vittorio Rocco
1958 Merry Andrew Antonio Gallini
1958 Rock-A-Bye Baby Gigi 'Papa' Naples
1961 Fanny Escartifigue - Ferryboat Captain
1962 The Pigeon That Took Rome Ciccio Massimo(final film role)


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  1. 1 2 Columbia Record Catalog 1943. Bridgeport, Connecticut: Columbia Records. 1943. p. 406.
  2. "Danny's Big Fan," S6:E29, air date 04/26/1959