Lodovico Tomarchio


Picture of Lodovico Tomarchio

I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the picture.
Biographical notes
(Catania 1886 – Los Angeles 1946)

He studied at Catania with Adernò. In 1910, he went to Rome and was engaged at the Costanzi to sing comprimario roles. In 1911, he made his debut in main parts at the Vittorio Emanuele of Messina in Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana. In 1913, he made his the first South-American tour. He sang Wagnerian roles very early; already in 1914 he sang in Tannhäuser. The war stopped his career for some time. During the period 1922–1928, he was engaged by the San Carlo Opera Company. In 1931, he settled in Los Angeles where he opened a restaurant, the Paris Inn, where he employed only ex-artists. He was also active in the cinema and he made a movie with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. (The film is "Swiss miss", Tomarchio plays the hotel director, and it was his only film.) He made electric records for Odeon and the American label McGregor.

Lodovico Tomarchio sings Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba
This is a private recording, made about 1940, i.e. ten years after he had ended his professional career.
In RA format

I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.
I wish to thank Roberto Marcocci for the biographical information.