Stagno, Roberto (real name, Vincenzo Andriolo)

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Stagno, Roberto (real name, Vincenzo Andriolo)

Stagno, Roberto (real name, Vincenzo Andriolo), Italian tenor; b. Palermo, Oct. 11, 1840; d. Genoa, April 26, 1897. He studied with Giuseppe Lamperti in Milan, making his operatic debut as Rodrigo in Rossini’s Otello in Lisbon (1862); then sang with notable success in Madrid (from 1865), Moscow (1868), and Buenos Aires (from 1879), and throughout Italy. While in Buenos Aires, he became the mentor of the soprano Gemma Bellincioni; their teacher-pupil relationship developed into intimacy, and they subsequently toured widely together. Their daughter, Bianca Stagno-Bellincioni (b. Budapest, Jan. 23, 1888; d. Milan, July 26, 1980), became a singer. Stagno was engaged for the first season of the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y., making his debut there as Manrico in II Trovatore on Oct. 26, 1883; remained there for only that season. In 1884 he appeared at the Paris Théâtre- Italien. He was chosen to create the role of Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana opposite Bellincioni’s Santuzza in Rome (1890).


B. Stagno-Bellincioni, R. S. e Gemma Bellincioni, intimi (Florence, 1943).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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