The beautiful prologue to Pagliacci sung on a 1906 Edison Grand Opera cylinder by the great Italian baritone Antonio Scotti.
|Company||Edison's National Phonograph Company|
|Cylinder #||B. 20|
|Category||Baritone solo in Italian|
|Performed by||Antonio Scotti|
"Prologo di Pagliacci, cantata dal signor Scotti. Edison record."
(Translated from Italian: "Prologue of Pagliacci, sung by Mr. Scotti. Edison record.")
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Edison began his Grand Opera series of records in 1906 featuring first-rate recordings of stars of the New York Metropolitan Opera House, led by the preeminent baritone Antonio Scotti.
These records came packaged featuring handsome blue & gold printing on the carton (instead of the standard red & gold), light blue lettering on the cylinder (instead of the typical white), and carried a premium price of 75¢ (compared with 35¢ for the standard fare).
This selection was apparently recorded (and announced) by Scotti in London in 1905 and
later released by Edison in
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