Recordando ALFREDO COLOSIMO (1923-2009)


Most record collectors will be familiar with the stentorian voice of the Brazilian tenor through the complete recording of Gomez’s Lo Schiavo once issued by a Brazilian CD label and now long deleted. A few years ago there was also a three CD release of the tenor issued as a tribute to his eightieth birthday. A year ago on August 27 the tenor died and now his loving wife Maria Teresa Perez has issued another tribute CD containing arias, scenes and duets from performances throughout his long career and taken from 78rpms and acetate discs. Also this ‘in memoriam’ CD is of a superior quality as the remasterings have improved tremendously since the birthday tribute.

(Alfredo Colosimo as Canio, in the opera Zaza, as Canio, as Manrico)

(As Pinkerton, as Chenier, as Manrico, Tosca with Ida Miccolis, courtesy Maria Teresa Perez)

The CD contains scenes from Tosca, Boheme, Trovatore, Butterfly and Turandot (where he sings the role of Altoum opposite the Calaf of Daniel Munoz a tenor who seems to be forgotten today). A rare opportunity to hear this talented Spanish tenor as well. Yet the most interesting excerpts of course come from Gomez’s Lo Schiavo (14 minutes), Leoncavallo’s Zaza and especially from L’innocente. This work was created in 1928 and composed by Francisco Mignone.  Colosimo also sings songs and his own composed Christmas song ‘cançào natal’.
There are two websites with more information on Alfredo Colosimo where you can find more information on the tenor’s career.

On youtube several clips are available with soundbites of the tenor




Alfredo Colosimo - Non piangere Marcella - L´Innocente (Francisco Mignone)
Tenor Alfredo Colosimo sings the aria "Non piangere Marcella" from the opera "L´innocente" (1928) - 1st act - from the Brazilian composer Francisco Mignone (1897-1986). The performance was held on October 30,1964 - Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro - Conductor: Santiago Guerra.
Photo; Alfredo Colosimo and Maestro Santiago Guerra.




Alfredo Colosimo "Tua" (song)
Tenor Alfredo Colosimo sings a crossover song, "Tua". This song was a very popular tune in the 1950s.
Originally recorded in 78 rpm disc.

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