Giordana Pellonari was a 20 year old waiter in an Italian Restaurant when he was discovered by Morgan L. Eastman, conductor of the Edison Symphony Orchestra. Pellonari, a tenor with no voice training, was introduced in 1919 at the Edison Smyphony Orchestra. His performance of “La Donna a mobile” from “Rigoletto” and three Neapolitan folk-songs was such a sensation that he was called back for several encores. Pellonari also teaches music. Pellonari sang at the annual banquet of the Lumbermen’s Club of Memphis on Friday, November 14, 1913.
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