ICAMus announces the October 12, 2018 publication (PDF) on the Center’s Website (In Depth Previews) of Barbara Boganini’s talk, Giacomo Puccini e Amedeo Bassi: connessioni toscane in America. L’ascesa artistica del tenore italiano dalla campagna fiorentina alla gloria internazionale (Giacomo Puccini and Amedeo Bassi: Tuscan connections in America. An Italian tenor's rise from rural life to international acclaim). The presentation was successfully delivered at Museo Caruso (Lastra a Signa, Florence, Italy) on January 21st, 2018, as a collaboration of ICAMus with Villa Museo Caruso and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. The revised article is illustrated with rare archival images. In celebration of the Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month. In Italian.
READ AND DOWNLOAD THE ARTICLE HERE.
In the photo: tenor Amedeo Bassi as Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West, from the 1911 Chicago production photographic proofs. Archivio Storico Teatro Regio, Turin; reproduced by permission.
General Manager at Camerata Strumentale "Città di Prato" and ICAMus Board Member, Dr. Barbara Boganini is a Puccini scholar specializing in La Fanciulla del West and its connections to American music and culture
Born in the little town of Montespertoli, near Florence, Bassi was acclaimed worldwide in Puccini’s “American opera” La Fanciulla del West.
This article focuses on the US debut of Amedeo Bassi, and the importance of Puccini's operas in his career, in particular La Fanciulla del West; it investigates Bassi's American successes, on the background of Italian culture and its reception in the early 1900s in the United States, at the time when Enrico Caruso was an acclaimed star of the Metropolitan Opera. Caruso premiered the role of Dick Johnson at the Met on December 10, 1910, Arturo Toscanini conducting.
This research explores the greatness of Amedeo Bassi and his unique career in the Americas, and offers a more comprehensive view of international musical life in the early 1900s.
In the photo: Amedeo Bassi in a photographic portrait by Mario Nunes Vais (1856-1932), 1912; print on canvas, Museo Amedeo Bassi, Montespertoli (Florence); original print at Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione, Rome; reproduced by permission.