the book

debuts february 1, 2021
More than twenty years in the making, Gigli: The Master Tenor by Colin Bain (Barry R. Ashpole, General Editor) promises to be a definitive biography of Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), offering a detailed, intimate portrait of the singer and his extraordinary career. Based on thousands of official and personal documents secured by the author as well as interviews with opera stars, musicians, teachers, and loved ones—including extensive interviews with members of the Gigli family and household—the new biography spans a lifetime, opening and closing in Recanati, Italy, ancestral home of the Gigli family where Beniamino reportedly sang as soon as he learned to talk. CONTINUED BELOW
All proceeds from the sale of the biography (limited edition and e-book) are being donated to Médecins Sans Frontières (Canada) and the Playing For Change Foundation.
Gigli: The Master Tenor, 560 pages, 16 pages of photos; limited edition or e-book 
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Superscript

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Of interest to the cognoscenti will be the attention given to Gigli’s early life and training, to each of his debut performances and many others, to his films and recordings, and to the extensive commentary on the aesthetic quality of his voice provided by teachers, examiners, and critics. And yet the portrait manages also to be up-close, grounded in the opera houses of European cities and the Americas and the passing of the nineteenth century into the twentieth. For one, it takes a fresh, critical look at the controversy surrounding allegations of fascism made against Gigli in the 1940s and exposes such misperceptions as baseless.
It is safe to say that only Colin Bain could have accomplished the task of bringing this material together in a cohesive, riveting narrative. An opera authority in his native Sydney, Australia, Bain witnessed firsthand many of the performances chronicled in the biography and was acknowledged by Rina Gigli as her father’s official biographer. He worked tirelessly on the project until his death in 2007.
At that point, the task of bringing the manuscript to completion was undertaken by Barry R. Ashpole in the early months of 2020. The former editor of the ARSC Journal of the Association for Sound Collections (1994-2015) and an active collector of early operatic recordings, Ashpole was assisted by colleague Jessica Pegis of girlswithglasses editing, who managed editing and production, and Lucas Elke of Type A Printing, who provided custom printing, binding, and finishing. Within eleven months, Colin’s work was transformed into a published book currently available in limited edition and as an e-book. Gigli: The Master Tenor includes a proper name index, an Appendix, and 16 pages of photos, including pictures from the Gigli family collection.
For further information contact Barry R. Ashpole at giglipublisher@gigli.com or use the web form on the Contact page.