11 novembre 1903: “Un curioso accidente” al Teatro Vittorio Emanuele di Torino
L’11 novembre 1903 la prima esecuzione assoluta di “Un curioso accidente” di Gaetano Coronaro al Teatro Vittorio Emanuele di Torino con: Morini, Balddassarri e Peteani.
di Andrea Castello
11th November 1903
World premiere of “A Curious Accident” by Gaetano Coronaro
at Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Turin
with: Morini, Baldassarri and Peteani.
by Andrea Castello
Serafin, in 1902, was called to direct the 1902/1903 season at the Teatro Verdi in Ferrara, with the program “I Lombardi alla prima Crociata” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Germania” by Alberto Franchetti (for this opera, he was also the stage director, after having directed it in Trieste during the summer of the same year) and “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi. He later conducted “Adriana Lecouvreur” by Cilea in Bologna and Florence, “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini and “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdink (with a translated Italian version) in Bergamo. In 1903 he also conducted at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Turin “Germania” di Franchetti, “Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdink, “Un curioso accidente”” by Vicenza-born Gaetano Coronaro and on 4th December “Quare” by Giuseppe Gallignani.
The last two works, “A Curious Accident” and “Quare”, were the first of the the many “world premieres” that Maestro Serafin conducted in his long career. This shows from the beginning of his career that Serafin possessed valid musical talent: only a few years after his debut in 1898 with Alfio Sulterni’s pseudomine at the Sala Follia in Milan with two works by Donizetti, “Don Pasquale” and “L’elisir d’amore”, the Maestro had all the qualities to perform two ‘world premieres’.
The Historical Archives Tullio Serafin, owns two scores for piano and voice of Humperdink’s “Hansel and Gretel”. The first surely belonged to Maestro Serafin, given the very interesting and ironic annotations that are present, the second, very curious, certainly belonging to the Opera of Rome which, thanks to the underlining of the parts, seems to be attributed to a singer (maybe more singers), one of whom might be Serafin’s wife, Elena Rokowska, or perhaps to someone who studied the role with him and then forgot it. More details will soon come to light with a deeper search.
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by Carlo Gatti – Italian Encyclopedia (1931): CORONARO, Gaetano. – Musician, born in Vicenza on 18th December 1852 and died on 5th April 1908. He entered the Conservatory of Milan in 1870, a pupil of Cavalieri for the violin, and Franco Faccio for the composition. He left the conservatory in August 1873, presenting, for final compositional essay, the pastoral idyll “A Sunset” on verses by Tobia Gorrio (Arrigo Boito). The excellent outcome of the essay earned him a prize for a trip abroad. Returning to Milan, he assisted his maestro Franco Faccio in various offices at the conservatory and the theater La Scala. Coronaro left three works for the stage: La Creola (1878) I Malacarne (1894) Un Curioso Accidente (1903); two others were never performed: La Signora di Challant e Enoch Arden. Coronaro also composed various pieces for orchestra, among which a Ouverture Campestre and Danza Burlesca are worth remembering; instrumental chamber music (two trios for piano, violin and cello, a string quartet, etc.), numerous pieces for piano and singing. Coronaro succeeded, in 1894, Catalani in teaching composition at the Conservatory of Milan.