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Living history: Florencio Constantino, tenor / Victor recordings 1907-08

Audio Samples

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     La donna è mobile
>     Questa o quella
>     E il sol dell' anima
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' Elisir D'Amore
>     Una furtiva lagrima
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>     Cielo e mar
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>     De' miei bollenti spiriti
>     Parigi, o cara
>     Un di, felice
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
>     Ecco ridente
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>     Giunto sul passo estremo
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia Di Lammermoor
>     Tu che a Dio
>     Verranno a te
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>     Mi par d'udire ancora
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Africana
>     O Paradiso
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>     Dammi ancor, contemplar il tuo viso
>     Salut! Demeure chaste et pure
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>     Ah! Dispar, vision
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>     Una vergine, un angiol di Dio
>Gounod, Charles : Romeo et Juliette
>     Ange adorable
>     Ah, ne fuis pas encore
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Che gelida manina
>Flotow, Friedrich von : Marta
>     M'apparì tutt'amor
>Tirindelli, Pietro Adolfo : Ama, song

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' Elisir D'Amore
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia Di Lammermoor
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Africana
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>Gounod, Charles : Romeo et Juliette
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Flotow, Friedrich von : Marta
>Tirindelli, Pietro Adolfo : Ama, song
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Notes & Reviews:

A former railway engineer and field worker, Florencio Constantino began singing lessons in 1895 and by 1896 gave his first performances at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo and the Teatro Odeón in Buenos Aires. Five years older than Caruso, Constantino was part of the last "ante-Caruso" generation of tenors and embodied the virtues of the "old school." He has earned his place among the great tenors, although he has never quite been recognized as such, despite his outstanding career and numerous recordings.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
All selections are sung in Italian, with unidentified orchestral accompaniment. Soprano Alice Nielsen (another long-forgotten singer) joins him for four duets (Rigoletto, Lucia, Traviata, Faust). Constantino's reper toire covers it all: Duke of Mantua, Nemorino, Enzo, Alfredo, Almaviva, Edgardo, Nadir, Vasco Da Gama, Faust, Des Grieux (Massenet's), Romeo, Rodolfo, Ferrando (Favorita), and Lionel. It is one delight after another. I so very happy to have heard this long-neglected artist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1907-1908.



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: La donna è mobile
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Questa o quella
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' Elisir D'Amore :: Una furtiva lagrima
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: Cielo e mar
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: De' miei bollenti spiriti
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il Barbiere Di Siviglia :: Ecco ridente
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele :: Giunto sul passo estremo
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1868-75.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1875

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia Di Lammermoor :: Tu che a Dio
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Mi par d'udire ancora
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Africana :: O Paradiso
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: E il sol dell' anima
  • Performers: Florencio Constantino (Tenor); Alice Nielsen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia Di Lammermoor :: Verranno a te
  • Performers: Florencio Constantino (Tenor); Alice Nielsen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Parigi, o cara
  • Performers: Florencio Constantino (Tenor); Alice Nielsen
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Dammi ancor, contemplar il tuo viso
  • Performers: Florencio Constantino (Tenor); Alice Nielsen
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Ah! Dispar, vision
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita :: Una vergine, un angiol di Dio
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Ange adorable
  • Performers: Florencio Constantino (Tenor); Alice Nielsen
  • Notes: Composition written: 1865-71.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Ah, ne fuis pas encore
  • Performers: Florencio Constantino (Tenor); Alice Nielsen
  • Notes: Composition written: 1865-71.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Salut! Demeure chaste et pure
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Flotow, Friedrich von : Marta :: M'apparì tutt'amor
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Tirindelli, Pietro Adolfo : Ama, song
  • Performer: Florencio Constantino (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Un di, felice
  • Performers: Florencio Constantino (Tenor); Alice Nielsen
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853