Masini, Angelo



Italian tenor; born at Forli. In 1875, when Verdi directed the singing of his Requiem Mass at Albert Hall, he sang in the quartet with Madame Waldmann, Madame Stolz and Signer Medini.   In 1876 he sang the part of Rhadames in Aida when Verdi conducted its first performance in Paris. In 1879 he was engaged by Mapleson to sing in London, but he failed to keep his contract and an injunction was brought against him which caused him never to appear in England. He sang in many cities including Paris, Madrid and Buenos Ayres and went to St. Petersburg where he sang Italian Opera for many seasons, leaving finally on account of the rigorous climate. His voice was exceedingly high and rather light in quality, though quite adequate to the demands he made upon it. His disposition was exceedingly capricious.