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    					  Roberto Vanni 
				     Table of Contents     					  Alexander Von Bandrowski

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Lodovico Viviani

Lodovico Viviani


, Italian bass from Genoa, made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Duke of Verona in Roméo et Juliette on December 14, 1891, the opening night performance. In 1901-02, he appeared as Reinmar in Tannhäuser, Gregorio in Roméo, Fiorello in Barbiere, Retz in Huguenots, Nachtigall in Meistersinger, the Corporal in Fille du Régiment, Mime Alexandrin in Messaline, the Herald in Otello, and Don Alonzo in Le Cid. He was paid $940 for a season of sixty-two performances. At the end of Grau's regime in 1903, Viviani and his wife Marie Van Cauteren retired to her family's farm in Kentucky, but soon wearied of the bucolic life and returned to New York. He became an assistant stage manager at the Met and remained for many seasons. He reappeared briefly onstage to substitute as Schwartz in a 1905 Meistersinger; $5 was added to his salary of $15 a week for this performance. Many programs for the period, including the Meistersinger one, bear his signature -- testifying, in accordance with one of the Met's oldest and most enduring of traditions, that the cast as printed, or written in, is the one that actually performed.

TOSCA (Sciarrone): Side 7/Band 7

    					  Roberto Vanni 
				     Table of Contents     					  Alexander Von Bandrowski