Theaters

«He trod the most famous stages in Europe and America, earning the reputation of “voice without borders”. The story of her life is like a novel […]»
(G. Meucci, Titta Ruffo, Pisa, Pacini Editore, 2012, page 6)

 

One is surprised and amazed in scrolling through the long list of places and theaters Titta Ruffo has reached: from his debut in the Eternal City at the Teatro Costanzi, to the many Italian and European theaters to the land of the Tsars and then landing on overseas stages, from the major theaters in the United States to all of Central and South America, at any altitude and latitude. Of some theaters Titta Ruffo describes to us the atmospheres he experienced: the emotion he felt at the sight of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires on the occasion of its inauguration in May 1908; in fact, he describes it as a great temple of art, with a stage among the largest in the world and the enchantment produced by the hall’s bright lights that formed a crown of stars, a kind of celestial vault with all its flaming stars. Of others, however, he tells us of the curiosities that occurred before the performances: at the Comunale of Acireale, this was 1899, Titta Ruffo had ten seats reserved in the front row to pay tribute, he claimed, to a large and important local family; in reality the seats were reserved for a large family of fishermen who had never entered the theater and, above all, fed the young and penniless singer with their catch. While the impresario was scandalized, the local newspaper remarked on the exceptional nature of the performance “graced by the original intervention” of fishermen who were a bit rowdy, but certainly full of gaiety and a desire to celebrate. All these chronicles are narrated and collected by the artist in the autobiographical volume My Parabola.

ITALY

AcirealeBellini (1899)
AquileiaBasilica of Santa Maria Assunta (1917)
BergamoDonizetti (1904)
BolognaCorso (1914) – Duse (1899) (1900)
CataniaBenedictine Chruch (1899) – Nazionale (1899)
CatanzaroComunale (1898) (1899)
CesiChurch of Sant’Angelo (1917)
FerraraTosi Borghi (1900)
FirenzeLa Pergola (1904) – Verdi (1912) (1914)
GenovaCarlo Felice (1900) – Politeama Genovese (1915)
LivornoArena Alfieri (1898) – Bagni Pancaldi (1898) – Goldoni (1901)
MilanoAssociation Famiglia Artistica Milanese (1904) – Carcano (1914) – La Scala (1904) – Lirico (1904) (1905) (1906) (1907)
NapoliAssociation Circolo Artistico (1910) – Politeama Giacosa (1911) – San Carlo (1908) (1909) (1910) (1911)
PadovaGaribaldi (1899)
PalermoMassimo (1901)
ParmaRegio (1900)
PisaPoliteama Pisano (1898) – Verdi (Regio Teatro Nuovo) (1901) (1925)
RacconigiRoyal Castle (1909)
RomaCostanzi (1898) (1909) (1910) (1911)
SalernoMunicipale (1899) – Duomo (1899)
SalsomaggioreFerrario (1902)
SavonaWanda (1914)
SienaRinnovati (1901)
SiracusaMassimo (1899)
TriesteLa Fenice (1901) – Verdi (1919)
VeneziaLa Fenice (1903) (1912) – Rossini (1903)

EUROPE AND THE MEDITERRANEAN

AUSTRIA
ViennaGrosser Konzerthaus (1930) – Hofoper (1906)

BELGIUM
Bruxelles Centre for Fine Arts (1930)
OstendKursaal (1914) (1927) (1929)

DENMARK
CopenaghenOdd Fellow Mansion (1930)

EGYPT
AlexandriaZizinia (1902) (1903)
Cairo Khedivial (1901) (1902) (1903)

FRANCE
Cannes Casino Municipal (1931)
Deauville Casino (1912) (1927)
Marseille Casino Municipal (1931)
Nice Casino of the Jetée-Promenade (1931) (1934) – Eldorado (1916) (1934) – Battleship “Patrie” (1909)
Paris Ambassadors Room at Élysée (1927) – Champs Elysées (1913) (1928) – Countess Chateau Palace (1905) – Opéra (1911) (1912) (1917) (1927) (1928) – Opéra Comique (1917) (1927) – House of Madame Moore (1912) – House of Lady and Lord Michelham (1912) – Salle Gaveau (1929) (1932) – Salle Pleyel (1929) (1930) (1932) – Sarah Bernhardt (1905) – Stern Palace (1909) – Trocadéro Palace (1905) (1911) – ? (1905)
Pau New Casino Municipal (1931)

GERMANY
Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Kőnigliches Opernhaus) (1907) – Philharmonic (1927) – Theatre des Westen (Volksoper) (1925)

GREECE
Athens Olympia (1930)

HUNGARY
Budapest Erkel (Népopera and after Városi Szinház) (1912) (1913) (1925) (1928)

MONACO
Montecarlo Grand Théatre (1907) (1908) (1909) (1910) (1911) (1912)

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Concertgebouw (1930) (1931)
The HagueGebouw voor K. e W. (1930)

POLAND
Warsaw National Philharmonic (Filharmoji) (1907) (1930) – Wielki (1907)

PORTUGAL
Lisbon National Theatre of São Carlos (1907) (1908)

ROMANIA
Bucharest National (1907) – Opera Romana (1930)

RUSSIA
Moscow Bolshoi (1906) (1907) – Zimin (1906) (1907)
St. PetersburgAquarium (1906) (1907) – New Conservatory (1905) (1906) (1907) – New Opera (1906) – Nicholas I Orphanage (1906) – Salon of the 1st Cadet Corps (1906) – School of Technology (1907) – ? (1906)

SPAIN
Barcelona Liceu (1908) (1913) (1916) (1925) – Palace of Catalan Music (1932)
Madrid Cines Avenida (1932) – Real (1908) (1909) (1910) (1912) (1913) (1918) (1919) – Royal Palace (1908) (1909) (1910) (1916) – Zarzuela (1916) – ? (1918)
San SebastiánGran Teatro Circo (1913)
ValenciaPrincipal (1908) (1909) (1913) (1916)

SWEDEN
Stockholm State Theatre (1930)

SWITZERLAND
Geneva Victoria Hall (1931)
Lucerne Kursaal (1900)

UNITED KINGDOM
London Albert Hall (1922) – Covent Garden (1903) – 33 Grosvenor Square (1903) – Palace of Lady Kleinwort (1933) – Queen’s Hall (1922) – ? (1922)

UKRAINE
Kharkiv Opera National Academic Theatre and Ballet (Municipal) (1906)
Kiev Opera House (Solozov) (1906)
Odessa Opera National Academic Theatre and Ballet (Municipal) (1905) (1906)

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA
Toronto Massey Hall (1914)

CUBA
Havana Nacional (1915) (1921) (1923) (1924) – Payret (1924)
Camagüey? (1924)
Cienfuegos Terry (1924)
Matanzas Sauto (1915)
Santiago Oriente (1924)

MEXICO
Mexico CityEsperanza Iris (1919)

PUERTO RICO
Ponce Broadway (1924)
San JuanTapia (Municipal) (1924)

UNITED STATES
Atlantic City (NJ) – ? (1920)
Baltimore (MD)Ford’s Grand Opera (1913) – Lyric (1921)
Birmingham (AL)Municipal Auditorium (1926)
Boston (MA)Boston Opera (1920) (1926) – Symphony Hall (1914) (1922) – ? (1914)
Buffalo (NY)Broadway (1914)
Chicago (IL)Auditorium (1912) (1913) (1920) (1926) – ? (1914) – ? (1923)
Cincinnati (OH)Music Hall (1914) (1920)
Cleveland (OH)Masonic Hall (1920) – Keith Palace (1926) – WTAM Studios (1927)
Columbus (OH)? (1914)
Dallas (TX)Coliseum (1914)
Denver (CO)Auditorium (1914)
Des Moines (IA)Coliseum (1920)
Detroit (MI)Armory (1914) – Orchestra Hall (1920)
Evanston (IL)Northwestern University (1920)
Los Angeles (CA)Philarmonic Auditorium (1914) (1923)
Kansas City (KS)Convention Hall (1914) – Shubert (1921)
Memphis (TN)Auditorium (1926)
Milwaukee (WI)Auditorium (1913) (1920)
Miami (FL)Cobb Stadium (Coral Gables Stadium) (1926)
Minneapolis (MN)Armory (1914)
New York (NYC)Academy of Music (1922) (1923) (1924) – Carnegie Hall (1912) (1928) – Hippodrome (1912) (1913) (1914) (1920) (1921) (1922) – Hotel Biltmore (1921) – Hotel Commodore (1920) – Lexington (1920) – Manhattan (1915) (1921) – Mecca Temple (1927) – Metropolitan (1912) (1922) (1923) (1924) (1925) (1926) (1927) (1928) (1929) – Radio City Music Hall (1932) – Saint Denis (1914) – Sam H. Harris Cinema (1929) – WEAF Studios (1926) (1928)
Newark (NJ) – ? (1920)
Paterson (NJ)Regent (1914)
Philadelphia (PA)Academy of Music (1926) (1927) (1929) – Metropolitan (1912) (1913) (1914) (1920) (1921) (1922) (1926) (1927) (1928)
Pittsburgh (PA)Syria Mosque (1920) (1921) (1922) (1927)
Portland (OR)Auditorium (1923) – Orpheum (1914)
St. Louis (MO)Odeon (1914)
St. Paul (MN)Auditorium (1914) (1920)
San Francisco (CA)Exposition Auditorium (1923)
Savannah (GA)Auditorium (1923)
Seattle (WA)Arena (1923) – Orpheum (1914)
Sioux City (IA)? (1920)
Sioux Falls (SD)? (1920)
Springfield (MA)Auditorium (1920)
Springfield (IL)State Arsenal (1920)
Syracuse (NY)? (1920)
Toledo (OH)? (1914)
Washington (DC)The Vanderbilt House (1914) – ? (1926)

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Buenos AiresAvenida (1910) – Castellis Palace (1910) – Coliseo (1910) (1916) (1926) – Cólon (1908) (1909) (1910) (1911) (1915) (1916) (1926) (1928) (1931) – Mihanovich Palace (1910) – Odeón (1909) – Opera (1902) – Salón La Argentina (1908)
Córdoba Rivera Indarte (1916)
La PlataArgentino (1908)
Rosario (Santa Fe)Cólon (1911) – Opera (1915)
TucumanOdeon (1916)

BRAZIL
Rio de JaneiroLyrico Fiuminense (1911) (1926) – Municipal (1915) – Riachuelo (Palacio) (1928)
San PaoloMunicipal (1911) (1915)

CHILE
ConcepciónConcepción (1900)
SantiagoMunicipal (1900) (1928)
TalcaMunicipal (1900)
ValparaisoVictoria (1900) (1928)

COLOMBIA
BarranquillaCisneros (1924)
BogotàCólon (1924)
CartagenaMunicipal (1924) – Governor’s Palace (1924)

URUGUAY
MontevideoNational Auditorium of Sodre (Urquiza) (1909) (1910) (1911) (1915) –Solis (1902) (1908) (1915) (1916) (1928)

VENEZUELA
CaracasMunicipal (1924)