In 1919, Schipa traveled to the United States, joining the Chicago Opera Company, singing with it until 1932, whereupon he appeared with the Metropolitan Opera from 1932 to 1935 and again in 1941. From 1929 to 1949, he continued to perform regularly in Italy, and returned to Buenos Aires in 1954. In 1957, he toured the USSR.
Schipa's repertoire eventually encompassed about twenty Italian and French opera roles, such as Massenet's Werther, Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and Cilea's L'Arlesiana, where he achieved his best results. In concert, Schipa performed opera arias as well as Neapolitan and Spanish popular songs.
Tito Schipa was an early exponent of that peculiar breed of tenor who conducts. Today Plácido Domingo carries on that tradition. Although some considered Schipa's voice to be ordinary in size and timbre, he caused riots in the streets on some occasions not only by his superior musicianship but a solid, masterful technique.
Luisa Tetrazzini / Jussi Bjoerling / Beniamino Gigli / Tancredi Pasero / Richard Tauber / Titta Ruffo / La Scala, Vol. 1 (1903-34) / Great Mozart Singers (1905-44) / Ezio Pinza (1923-30) / Tito Schipa (1913-19)
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