Angelo Badà (27 May 1876 - 23 March 1941) was an Italian operatic tenor. He had a lengthy association with the Metropolitan Opera of New York City where he gave a total of 2,170 performance in 94 different operas in over 100 different roles from 1908 through 1938. Only two singers in the Met's history have made more appearances with the company: Charles Anthony and George Cehanovsky. He mostly appeared in comprimario roles during his career, although he did occasionally perform larger parts. His repertoire encompassed operas in the English, Italian, French, and German languages
Life and career:
Born in Novara, Badà studied singing in his native city with Cecilio Manfredi. He made his professional opera debut in January 1900 as the "messenger" in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida. He spent the next eight years performing mainly comprimario roles in major opera houses in Italy, including La Scala in Milan and the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. He also made appearances at the Royal Opera House in London.
Badà joined the roster of singers at the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 1908. He made his debut with the company on 16 November 1908. He remained with the company for 30 season, giving his last appearance with the company on 9 April 1938. During those years he also appeared as a guest artist in operas, recitals, and concerts in Europe, South America, Australia, and Africa. At the Met he sang in the world premieres of several operas, including Giacomo Puccini's, La fanciulla del West (1910), Umberto Giordano's Madame Sans-Gêne (1915), Charles Wakefield Cadman's Shanewis (1918), Puccini's Il tabarro (1918), Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (1918), Albert Wolff's, L'oiseau bleu (1919), and Deems Taylor's Peter Ibbetson (1931).
After leaving the Met, Badà returned to Novara where he built a large mansion and lived in retirement. He died after a brief illness three years later in his native city. He is buried in the Novara Cemetery.
Biography of Angelo Badà at www.oknovara.it,
Metropolitan Opera Archives,
Gianfranco Capra - Angelo Badaà, 30 anni al "Metropolitan" - quaderni novaresi - ediz.ZEN Iniziatove (marzo 2007),
ISNI: 0000 0000 5519 0949,
Italian opera singer
Date of birth
27 May 1876
Place of birth
Date of death
23 March 1941
Place of death