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Scattola, Carlo

J.B. Steane

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b ?1878; d Milan, 1947). Italian bass . He came to be associated almost entirely with comic parts, but sang in a wider repertory in his early years, as in recorded excerpts from Mefistofele, Faust and Ernani. He first appeared at La Scala in 1922, scoring a notable success in Wolf-Ferrari’s I quatro rusteghi and in the première of Rocca’s Il dibuk. From 1926 to 1935 he appeared frequently with Conchita Supervia in the Rossini revival of those years. They sang together in Rome and Turin, at the Florence Festival of 1933, at both the Opéra and the Opéra-Comique in Paris (1930) and in the 1936 season at Covent Garden, where Scattola’s roles were Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri and Dr Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the latter with Lily Pons. He toured North America with the Columbia Grand Opera Company in 1930 and remained active in Italy throughout the war years. His partnership with Supervia is preserved on recordings in excerpts from ...

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