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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Umberto Sorrentino (Tenor) (Firenze 1883 - New York 1959)

In Italy, critics have delighted to tell their readers that Sorrentino is an artist who has the power to thrill one evening as ‘’Canio’’ in Pagliacci; on a second evening as ‘’Cavaradossi’’ in La Tosca, or as ‘’Nemorino’’ in Elisir d’Amore; again, on another occasion, to appear calmly on the unadorned platform of the concert hall and uplift the assemblage by his poetic rendition of songs. Sig. Sorrentino sings with dramatic fervour, his voice, ample in volume, has a suave quality and a legato that few tenors can boast of. He toured America from coast to coast, in opera and recital and appeared as a soloist with many leading orchestras.

He was a great friend of Enrico Caruso

Personal representative: Elena de Sayn, 1728 N St., Washington, D. C.

A night of Grand Opera

Dr. Fitzgerald related the story of signor Umberto Sorrentino, a noted tenor, who claimed to be able to relieve the tightness in his throat by squeezing the lateral aspect of his forefinger and the thumb, as these points helped and governed the vocal cords.

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Chronology of some appearances

1902 Castelfiorentino Teatro Umberto I° Favorita (Fernando)
1906 Guatemala Teatro Colon Don Pasquale (Ernesto)                                  
1912  New York Lyceum Theater Concerto
1917 Passaic   Auditorium Concerto
1918 Washington National Theater  Racconti di Hoffmann (Hoffmann)
1919 Bridgeport High School Assembly Hall Concerto


Victor, Camden NJ 1911-06-20
Tre giorni son che (Pergolesi) 63323 B-10557
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Cerchero lontana terra  63324  B-10560
Paride ed Elena (Gluck) : Spiagge amate 63323  B-10561

Victor, Camden NJ 1911-06-21
Rigoletto (Verdi):  Parmi veder le lagrime 63324 B-10576
Vorrei (Tosti) 63326 B-10577
Tu sei morta nella vita mia (Costa) 63326 B-10578


  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you for sharing this valuable biographical information.

  2. Did you received our comment yesterday about Umberto Sorrentino and his historical first singing recording of the Dominican National Anthem? How can we get this RCA-1911 recording?.

    Fernando Casado

    1. Hello. Thank you for your comment
      No, I receive only this comment, nothing more, I have no RCA-1911 recordings.
      All the best