Giannini, Ferruccio, Italian-American tenor, father of Dusolina and Vittorio Giannini; b. Ponte d’Arnia, Nov. 15, 1868; d. Philadelphia, Sept. 17, 1948. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1885; studied with Eleodoro De Campi in Detroit. He made his debut in Boston in 1891, then toured the U.S. with the Mapleson Opera Co. (1892-94); made the first operatic recordings, which were issued by Emile Berliner in 1896. He later settled in Philadelphia, where he presented operas, concerts, and plays in his own theater.
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