Photograph of Alberto Boccini and Beniamino Gigli, Vancouver, BC, October 1938 - solo in inglese

Photograph of Alberto Boccini (right) and world-famous opera singer Beniamino Gigli (centre), Vancouver, BC. The picture was likely taken at the time of Gigli's performance at the Auditorium on October 22, 1938.

The Boccinis and their youngest son emigrated to Canada in 1937, leaving Roger Boccini-Nincheri behind with his grandparents. In Canada, the Boccinis settled in Vancouver, where Alberto became a leading member of the local Italian-Canadian community. He was arrested and interned as a threat to the Canadian state in 1940. Boccini contracted tuberculosis while interned at Camp Petawawa and was released as a result in March 1942. He died within two years of his diagnosis in December 1944. His wife moved to Montreal where she eventually married Gabriele Nincheri, the son of artist and former internee Guido Nincheri. She was reunited with her son Roger, when he immigrated to Canada in 1949.