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Subject: Anita Cerquetti (a myth of opera lovers ?)
From: walter guitian <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 16 Sep 2018 01:03:23 +0000
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I received photocopies of the chronology of Anita Cerquetti, , for the first time now with documentation I have known well her career.Cerquetti born in 1931 debuted in 1951.In  the whole year 1951 she only sang one concert in the month of march in "Circolo della Musica di Perugia", what would it be like a neighborhood club and in september 1951 she sang two Aida performances in Spoleto, her Aida debut.
In the whole year 1952 she gave only six (6) performances of which four were concerts in Recanati, in Porto Civitanova, and Osimo , in the countryside of Italy and only two Trovatore (debut role)  performances in Teatro Nuovo di Milano, another very small theater.
In 1953 again in the whole year she only gave 9 performances , a concert in Sala dei Notari in Perugia, another concert in Teatro Verdi di Busseto, then three (3) Aida performances in Verona, and one (1) Trovatore performance in Verona, (only four opera performances in a whole year) another concert in Rimini, other in Montecatini and in Sassari. That's all her schedule in 1953.
1954 seems to be the first year where a more intermittent career begins, Loreley in Teatro Municipale Reggio Emilia, 2 perf  and another two Trovatore perf in Teatro Municipale,  we are talking of small town provincial theaters.
Her career continues in theaters for students, one (1)  Trovatore performance in Teatro del Corso in Venezia, two  (2) Forza del destino (debut role) performances in Pisa, and another two Forza performances in Theatre du Casino Enghien Les Bains, two (2) Aidas in Teatro Maggiore , Bologna, then it comes  five (five) Aidas performances in Naples in Arena Flegrea , a more important place.
Two (2) Trovatore in Vigevano, Teatro Cagnoni.  In december 1954 she sang for the first time in a more important theater, Comunale di Firenze  her debut in "Nabucco"  three (3) perf. Anyway only 23 perf in one year in total between operas and concerts
1955: She continues singing in province, one Trovatore in Modena, two Trovatore performances in  the french countryside, Nizza and Marsiglia, she return to Italy again in the countryside she sings two (2) Trovatore in Tolosa , Theatre du Capitole.In june 1955 she debuted Norma in Firenze in Giardino di Boboli , six (6) Norma perf,  four (4) Aidas in Rome , Terme di Caracalla and another two in Messina . November 1955 I vespri Siciliani for the RAI , one (1) perf and november 29 and december 3rd  , two (2) Un ballo in maschera (debut) in Chicago , Lyric Opera.
In 1956 it seems to start a more important career, she debut "La Gioconda" in Firenze in january 1956, she sang four (4) Gioconda performances , and they were going to be the only 4 Gioconda performances that she sang in her career. In january 1956 one  Rai concert Martini Rossi , we see some performances for the first time  that there seems to be some continuity in some more important theaters , Don Carlo Firenze june , three (3) performances, three (3) Nabucco perf in Verona, four (4) Aidas in Rome, Terme di Caracalla they are altered with performances in province Italy countryside small theaters like Cagliari, Losanna, Catania.In december 1956 she sings Norma  at Teatro Liceo, Barcelona
1957: Her last year of full schedule with performances of Un ballo in maschera and Ernani in Firenze (where she made her only two opera recordings, her Decca recital and Gavazzeni La Gioconda both recorded in Florence in june 1957), Aida in Rome and Caracalla, Don Carlo in Palermo, in october 1957 she sings in Mexico,  in october in Philadelphia  two Normas and in november 1957 Don Carlo and Un ballo in maschera in Chicago , Lyric opera and she closed the year singing four Normas in Naples.
1958: She replaces Callas in the Rome Norma, then she sings again Norma in Palermo and she made her debut at La Scala with Nabucco on june 1958, from there her career schedule is abruptly weakened, only two opera  performances in Mexico, Palacio Bellas Artes in ocoober 1958,  two (2) Trovatore perf in Philadelphia in october 1958 and three (3) Normas at Teatro Liceo Barcelona on december 1958.
In  the whole year 1959 she did not sing anything
1960: Only 6 performances in  the whole year (one concert and two Stabat matter  perf at La Scala,  two un ballo in maschera perf in Lucca, teatro del Giglio and only one Nabucco perf in Hilverasum, Holland and she did not sing anymore. She was 29 years old.
Her complete career consists of 9 years , of which only 4 are full schedule (1954-55-56-57)
Number of performances in total: :  Aida (36),                                                         Norma (29),                                                         Trovatore (20),                                                        Nabucco (14) ,                                                        La Forza del destino (11),                                                        Don Carlo (10),                                                        Un ballo in maschera (10)                                                        Ernani (4)                                                        La Gioconda (4)                                                        Loreley (2)                                                        Stabat matter (2)                                                        Paridi ed Elena (1)                                                        Vespri Siciliani (1) in  the form if radio concert                                                        Guglielmo Tell (1) in the form of radio concert                                                        Mose (1) radio concert                                                        Oberon (1) in the form of radio concert

Walter









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