Arona, Colombo 'Colombino' 1871-c1949 Italy, Turin - ?USA New Jersey, Grantwood
maestro di canto (teacher of singing), by 1900 he spoke French fluently so as child rentier he may have studied music in France or had been active for many years as musician in France before leaving for New York in 1901, 1893 orchestra conductor of a theatre in Rome probably because he studied music there, 1895 as single musician Colombo Arona residing with his brother mechanic Alfonso Arona (Turin 1873-) in Buenos Aires Argentina, 1-19.nov.1899 as renowned transformation artist 'Colombino' he gave daily performances at Circus Carre in Amsterdam Netherlands, 8.jun.1901-1903 as 'Colombino' with his wife assisting he caused a sensation throughout the USA and Paris with his one-man vaudeville acts of 7 minutes 'Camaleonte' in which he impersonated 6 different characters, changing costumes 25 times, never out of site of the audience longer than 4 seconds, among the characters a french music teacher (!) and his irate wife and in the final conducting the orchestra as Mascagni, Bizet, Gounod, Meyerbeer, Strauss, Creatore and Sousa, 1901-1909 residing in New York City, 1907 with his wife and son at 104 West 14th Street Manhattan, 13.aug.1907 he returned with his wife Blanca and son Adolfo to New York from Havana Cuba where they had been active as artists for some time, 1909 artist at Eusebio Azcue's Actualidades Theatre in Havana, 21.aug.1909 he returned to his wife Isobel at Mills Hotel 35 West 11th Street Manhattan, 1911-1923 residing in Turin, 1926 active in Paris France, 1936 residing in Turin, 1936 as Colombo Arona with pseudonym Arona Colombino member of Societa Italiana degli Autori ed Editori (SIAE), 1941 residing in New York City, 1944 in West New York in New Jersey, 1947 in Grantwood New Jersey ; c1896 in Turin he married musician Blanca (Turin 1866-), divorced or widowed 1908 ; stepson musician Adolfo Arona (Turin 1887-) ; 1909 in New York City he married lyricist/librettist Isobel Reynolds with whom he had collaborated since 1904 in New York City, they seem to have divorced soon after because 1911 Colombino returned to Turin and 1920 a 'widowed' writer Isobel Reynolds born Maryland c1887 resided at West 86th Street in Manhattan

[Schmidl 1926 gives erroneously born 1885]

Title Parts


La campana di San Giusto. Canto patriotico. Tenor and piano
dedication: a Enrico Caruso (1915)
dedication: a Giorgetta Goletti (1898-27apr1988 Turin) (1931)
words Giovanni Drovetti
pub Colombino Arona, Turin 1915
pub A. & G. Carish & C., Milan 1915 and 1931
Luciano Pavarotti, Orchestra / Henry Mancini. Decca 411959

[] Pocoma. Intermezzo two step. Piano
music Colombino Arona, copyrighted in the USA 13oct1903

[] Virginia. Intermezzo. Piano
music Colombino Arona
pub Peter Tesio, New York 13oct1903

[] Neemah. Indian song
words Isobel Reynolds, music Colombino Arona
pub Peter Tesio, New York 25jul1904

[] Love of Mimi. Comedietta in 2 scenes, by Isobel Reynolds
copyright Colombino Arona, New York 14sep1904 (probably as composer of the music because he was not yet married to Isobel Reynolds)

[] Intermezzo from "Nina"
performed at Professor Corrado's Sunday afternoon Free Concert Programme in the big rink at the reservoir, Richmond Virginia 18mar1906

[] A Tripoli "Tripoli bel suol d'amore". Canzone marcia patriottica. March song
dedication: a Gea della Garisenda
words Giovanni Corvetto (1887-1932)
dedicated to the Italian soldiers in Libya, arriving at the port of Tripoli (29sep1911-18oct1912)
pub Gustavo Gori, Turin 1911

[] Donne. Canzonetta. Canto e pianoforte
versi di Fernando Paggio
pub F. Gallia 1911

[] Good bay Mary (Arrivederci Maria)
pub F. Gallia 1911
pub Gustavo Gori, Turin 1912

[] Borgheide. Comedy. Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Turin 8apr1912
[] Gloria! Canzone patriottica
parole di Giovanni Corvetto
pub Gustavo Gori, Turin 1912

[] Tient-ti sa (Tienti su). Rivista satirica. Politeama Chiarella, Turin 14jan1913
libretto Giuseppe Cassone, Cesare Demaria

[] Il canto della croce rossa. Mandolino e canto
parole di G. Gastaldi, musica di Colombino Arona
pub Peter Tesio, New York 6aug1913
copyright renewal Colombino Arona, New York 1aug1941

[] Fammi volare. Canzonetta. Mandolino e canto
parole di G. Gastaldi, musica di Colombino Arona
pub Peter Tesio, New York 6aug1913
copyright renewal Colombino Arona, New York 1aug1941

[] To Tripoli (A Tripoli). Patriotic march. Piano
parole di G. Corvetto, english translation by Isaac Goldberg, music by A. Colombino
pub C. W. Thompson & Co., Boston 10sep1913

[] Turin che a passa. Rivista. Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Turin 6dec1913
libretto Giovanni Corvetto, G. Gastaldi and Cesare Demaria

[] La volata. Marcia aerea, per pianoforte
pub C. Arona 1913

[] Turin ch'a scouta. Rivista in 3 atti. Teatro Vittore Emanuele, Turin 28mar1914
libretto Giovanni Corvetto, Cesare de Maria and G. Castaldi

[] Sagrinte nen. Vaudeville in dialetto piemontese. Teatro Balbo, Turin 31dec1914
libretto Giovanni Corvetto, Cesare Demaria

[] O gioventu d'Italia. Inno-marcia. Piano
words Giovanni Corvetto
premiate officine grafiche musicali Fratelli Amprimo 1914

[] La ragazza neutrale. 1914
parole di Giovanni Corvetto
sung by Giorgetta Goletti (1898-27apr1988 Turin) 1937

[] Ciao portie. Rivista in 5 quadri. Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Turin 3feb1915
libretto Cesare de Maria and Giovanni Corvetto

[] Inno a Tripoli
published shortly before Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary 23may1915

[] Pinocchio, Fortunello e compagni. Fiaba/Rivista comica per bambini. Teatro Olimpia, Milan 3dec1915 and Teatro Politeama Chiarella, Turin 21dec1915
libretto E. A. Berta and Giovanni Bertinetti

[] L'ficanas (Ficanoso). Bizzarria in 3 atti in dialetto piemontese. Teatro Politeama Chiarella, Turin 4dec1915
libretto di Giovanni Corvetto

[] Nel mezzo del cammin. Rivista in 3 quadri. Teatro Trianon, Turin 15oct1915
libretto Vittorio Brussa and Giovanni Corvetto

[] Il mondo preso in giro in 80 giorni. Bizzarria in 1 prologo e 4 quadri. Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Turin 25jan1916
libretto Giovanni Corvetto

[] La campana di San Giusto. Mandolino e canto
parole di G. Drovetti, musica di Colombino Arona, di Italy
pub Peter Tesio, New York 5feb1916

[] Ida d' Porta Palass. Vaudeville in 3 quadri in dialetto piemontese. Teatro del Parco Michelotti, Turin 19jun1916
libretto Giovanni Corvetto

[] Fate furb! Bizzarria in 1 atto in dialetto piemontese. Teatro Scribe, Turin 2oct1916
libretto Cesare de Maria

[] Stornello tricolore, per canto e pianoforte
versi di Venturino Camaiti
pub C. Bratti e Cie. 1917

[] Il canto degli arditi. Canto e mandolino
parole di un combattente (G. Gastaldi), musica di Colombino Arona of Italy
pub Peter Tesio, New York 28may1919
copyright renewal Colombino Arona, New York 1aug1941
copyright renewal Colombino Arona, Grantwood New Jersey 18may1947

[] Oh! che goj!. Commedia. Teatro Scribe, Turin 11oct1919
libretto Cesare Demaria

[] The chimes of San Giusto
words G. Drovetti, english revision Arthur Selwyn, music Colombino Arona of Italy
pub Peter Tesio, New York 11nov1919

[] Tonin Buracio. Bizzarria musicale in dialetto piemontese. Teatro Rossini, Turin 22nov1919
libretto Cesare Demaria

[] L'e puche ch'ai manca Steo. Rivista in dialetto piemontese. Teatro Rossini, Turin dec1919
libretto Cesare Demaria

[] Pipino Re. Favola musica. Teatro Manzoni, Rome 15apr1920
libretto Cesare Demaria

[] Il chiar di luna. Serenata in tempo di fox-trot
parole di Neti Demaria, musica di Colombino Arona of Italy
copyright Neti Demaria and Colombino Arona 7aug1920
pub Peter Tesio, New York 7aug1920
copyright renewal Colombino Arona 29jul1948

[] Sburdiste nen. Rivista in dialetto piemontese. Teatro Rossini, Turin nov1920
libretto Cesare Demaria

[] Vate cate'n cassul. Rivista in dialetto piemontese. Teatro Rossini, Turin dec1920
libretto Cesare and Francesco Demaria

[] Moonlight. Fox-trot
words Arthur Selwyn, music Colombino Arona of Italy
copyright Arthur Selwyn and Colombino Arona 5apr1921
pub Peter Tesio & Sons, New York 5apr1921
copyright renewal Colombino Arona 4apr1949

[] L'aria di Roma. Vaudeville. Teatro Morgana, Rome nov1921
libretto Giovanni Corvetto

[] 1, 2 e 3!. Rivista. Rome 30dec1921
libretto Cesare and Francesco Demaria

[] L'gir del mond d'un paira d'scarpe. Feerie in dialetto piemontese. Teatro del Parco Michelotti, Turin 19may1923
libretto Giovanni Bertinetti (Turin 22feb1872-11oct1950)

[] La una 'n tel pess. Vaudeville. Teatro del Parco Michelotti, Turin jun1923
libretto Cesare Demaria

[] Toi, chanson d'amour. Chant et piano
paroles de Louis A. Crispy
pub Smyth, editeur, 77 avenue de la Grande-Armee, Paris 1926

[] C'est une pagode d'amour. Legende hindoue. Chant et piano. Chant seul
paroles de Louis A. Crispy
pub Smyth, editeur, 77 avenue de la Grande-Armee, Paris 1926

[] O Madre Italia! Canto italico
dedication: a Benito Mussolini
words Neti Demaria
pub Luigi Damaso, Turin 1926

[] Fior del Canada. Fox-trot
words Neti Demaria
pub Luigi Damaso, Turin 1926

[] Ij monfrin e la bagna cauda. Comedy. 1929
libretto Giovanni Bertinetti and Neti Demaria

[] Dopo Villafranca. Visione storica in tre atti e otto quadri. Teatro Rossini, Turin 1932
libretto Giovanni Drovetti

[] Zingara. Chant et piano
paroles de Louis A. Crispy
pub Smyth, Paris 1934

[] Santa Lucia. Cancion popular napolitana
versi de Giovanni Drovetti, version castellana de Jose Subira, musica de C. Arona
pub Boileau, Barcelona ?1939

[] La campana di San Giusto. Canzone
letra Giovanni Drovetti
copyright renewal Colombino Arona, West New York, New Jersey 20jan1944

[] Liberta per Cuba! (Liberty for Cuba)
words Michelangelo Mazza, music Colombino Arona
copyright Michael Mazza 27dec1965 (apparently Colombina Arona had died)

[] Inno a Trento. Voice and piano
arranged for orchestra C. Rossi

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