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Ernesto Baldanza
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Birth: 1852
Città Metropolitana di Bologna
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death: Apr. 8, 1900
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

Operatic Tenor. Ernesto Baldanza first came to prominence in the American opera when he joined the Max Strakosch Italian Opera Company. Based in New York, the Company travelled the United States bringing Opera to major American cities in the 1870s and 1880s. He later joined Her Majesty's Opera Company in London before embarking on a solo career. His greatest claim to fame came in 1887 when, at the age of 35, he performed an extended run with renowned opera soprano Adelina Patti. It brought him world-wide acclaim. His career declined for almost 12 years, and he earned his living giving voice lessons and performing in lesser productions. He was engaged to perform at the Oberon Music Hall in early 1900, and within days of his arrival in San Francisco, he founded the Italian Philharmonic Club. Following his final performance at San Francisco's Oberon Music Hall, he was "taken with a chill" and went home where he died within hours. The New York Times reported that upon hearing of Baldanza's death, Enrico Caruso said, "…the world has lost one of its greatest tenors."

Cause of death: Acute Bronchitis. 
Artista di
Canto Insigne
Dorme il sonno dei Giusti
Sotto questo marmo
Che a sua memoria gli dedico
Il Club Filarmonico Italiano
"G. Verdi" di San Francisco
Nato a Bologna e
Morto in questa Citta'
Gli 8 Aprile 1900.
All'Eta di 48 anni.


Distinguished Artist
Of Song
Sleeps the sleep of the Righteous
Under this Marble
That is dedicated to his memory
By the Italian Philharmonic Club
"G(iuseppe) Verdi" (chapter) of San Francisco
Born in Bologna and
Died in this City
The 8th of April 1900
Age 48 years
Italian Cemetery
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Block 45, Lot 33
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Retaggio
Record added: May 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51993043
Ernesto Baldanza
Added by: Retaggio
Ernesto Baldanza
Added by: Retaggio
Ernesto Baldanza
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Bravo Baldanza! Riposa in pace.
- Retaggio
 Added: May. 4, 2010

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