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Title/Work La bohème (Act 2)
Author(s)/Composer(s) Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

High resolution audio (Flac) Part 11
Compressed audio (Ogg Vorbis) Part 11, Part 11 (Commons)
Genre(s) Opera terminology
Content No. 11: Ch'io beva del tossico! (Bring me a phial of poison)
Description HMV DB 8452-8464
Lyricist(s) Luigi Illica (1857–1919) and Giuseppe Giacosa (1847-1906)
Music arranger(s) none
Conductor(s) Umberto Berrettoni (unknown birth/death date)
Performer(s) Marcello: Afro Poli (1902-1988), Rodolfo: Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), Schaunard: Aristide Baracchi (1885-1964), Colline: Duilio Baronti (1904-1998), Alcindoro/Benoit: Carlo Scattola[1] (1878-1947), Musetta: Tatiana Menotti (1909-2001), Mimì: Licia Albanese (1909-2014) and members of La Scala Theatre Orchestra and Chorus
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Vocal range Afro Poli (baritone), Beniamino Gigli (tenore), Aristide Baracchi (baritone), Duilio Baronti (basso), Carlo Scattola (basso), Tatiana Menotti (soprano) and Licia Albanese (soprano)
Label His Master's voice (HMV)
Cat. no. DB 8462
Order number 2BA 2374
Matrix/StamperID 2BA 2374II
Place of recording unknown
1st recording date 1 March 1938[2]
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1st release date June 1938[3]
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PD CH 1 January 2015
PD EU 1 January 2015
PD USA 1 January 2019
PD INT 1 January 2025


  1. Oxford Index: The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, issue Published in print December 1992 - Published online January 2001 - e-ISBN: 9781561592630: Scattola, Carlo (died 1947), bass; (b ?1878; d Milan, 1947). Italian bass. He came to be associated almost entirely with comic parts, but sang in a wider repertory in his early years, as in recorded excerpts from Mefistofele, Faust and Ernani. He first appeared at La Scala in 1922, scoring a notable success in Wolf-Ferrari’s I quatro rusteghi and in the première of Rocca’s Il dibuk. From 1926 to 1935 he appeared, Link to the record
  2. CHARM: dito with: Composer: PUCCINI, Work: La bohème - Ch‘io beva, Performer: Berrettoni, Umberto, Date: 1938-03-01; Catalogue: Gray; CatNum: DB3453; Date: 1938-03-01; Label: La voce del padrone; Conductor: Berrettoni, Umberto; Composer: PUCCINI; Title: La bohème - Ch‘io beva; Num: 2BA 2374; Conductor: Berrettoni, Umberto, CSV of the record
  3. Google Books: The complete BOHÈME from which this "Che gelida manina" has been excerpted was released in June, 1938 as HMV Album Series 313 (manual DB 3448-3460 and automatic 8452-8464), Link to the record


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