4 August 2017
Angela Bosetto (25 articles)
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In 1937 Giuseppe Lugo performed in Tosca in the Arena of Verona

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Giuseppe Lugo was born on the 18th of June 1899 in San Giorgio in Salici (Verona). Later in his life he moved to Milan and Belgium, where he worked as a miner in Charleroi. During one of his performances in the Arena, twenty five thousand people came to see him, despite the fact that the amphitheatre can only hold fifteen thousand.

In honour of the 80th anniversary of Giacomo Puccini’s Opera, Tosca will be staged in the Arena from the 5th to the 25th of August with Hugo de Ana‘s scenography. This Opera are seen many incredible performers, but no one has performed as well as Giuseppe Lugo on the debut in the Arena in 1937, with Vittorio Guy and Oscar Saxi as directors and Ettore Fagiuoli as scenographer.

1972, Franco Corelli, Giuseppe Lugo (Photo Renzo Allegri)

1972, Franco Corelli, Giuseppe Lugo (Photo Renzo Allegri)

The tenor was born on the 8th of June 1899 in Rosolotti of San Giorgio in Salici (verona). The public fell in love with him after his performance as Mario Cavaradossi. He is also known for his interpretation in Tosca as Floria where Pino Donati (supervisor for the Arena) called Gina Cigna. The other characters were performed by the following: Mario Basiola as Scarpia, Romeo Morisani as Angelotti, Carlo Scattola as the sacristan, Luigi Nardi as Spoletta, Camillo Nannini as Sciarrone, Silvio Zambelli as the prison officer and Severino Perone as the shepard.

The tickets for the four shows in August 1937 were all sold out. On the 5th of August twenty five thousand people arrived to see the show, despite the fact that the amphitheatre can only hold fifteen thousand. The public was thrilled with Cigna’s and Basiola’s performances and were over the moon with Lugo’s performance.

After the War, Lugo decided to leave the Opera and became the manager of the restaurant “Villa Vento” in Custoza. He died in Milan on the 18th of September 1980. Since 1994 the most talented tenors are awarded the “Lugo Prize” in his honour.

Angela Bosetto

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Top photo: 1939, Giuseppe Lugo, Arena, Tosca (Photo Giacomelli, Fondazione Arena)

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Angela Bosetto

Angela Bosetto

Angela Bosetto was born in Verona, she graduated in Literature at the University of Trento. She earned a master in Writing for Cinema in Gorizia and she published the essay “Seven Steps in terror. Edgar Allan Poe according to Roger Corman “(Perosini). A freelance journalist, she collaborates with the Rivista del Cinematografo and the newspaper L’Arena, dealing with literature, Cinema, history and opera.