Italian opera singer Toti Dal Monte - under the heading "Desuete Names"
Antonietta Meneghel (27 June 1893 – 26 January 1975), better known by her stage name Toti Dal Monte, was a celebrated Italian operatic soprano. From the day of her debut on the stage, Toti Dal Monte took the stage name incidentally, according to the singer, under the influence of a sudden impulse.
She debuted in opera at the age of 17, at the famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, in the opera “Francesca da Rimini” by Riccardo Zandonai. Several critics immediately noted the young debutante.
The repertoire of Dal Monte was extensive - the operas “La Somnambula” with the music in the bel canto tradition by Vincenzo Bellini; “Lucia di Lammermoor” – the tragic opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti; “Rigoletto” and “Un ballo in maschera” by Giuseppe Verdi; “The Barber of Seville”, “William Tell” by Gioachino Rossini; “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini, and many others. While in La Scala, Toti worked with the legendary Arturo Toscanini. The opera “Lucia di Lammermoor” became their genuine triumph.
In mid-1920s, Dal Monte also appeared at the famous stage in New York - the Metropolitan Opera. Beyond that, in the United States, she performed in Chicago, Boston, Indianapolis, Washington, Cleveland and San Francisco. Dal Monte also performed with the most eminent opera singers of his time - Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli, Tito Schipa, Carlo Galeffi, Titta Ruffo, Feodor Chalyapin, and Gabriella Besanzoni. Among the most vivid images created by Dal Monte were Lucia, Gilda and Rosina, and the singer herself most of all appreciated the role of Violetta in the opera “Traviata” by Verdi. Soprano of Toti was called "sweet", "transparent" and "incredibly opulent".
The singer participated in concerts and drama performances, taught students and appeared in several films, the most famous of which was "Anonimo Veneziano". For the singer's birthday, we have prepared musical selection with recordings of her best operatic roles.