Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 12, 2018

Enrico Rigattieri (Tenor)


He studied singing in Florence under Giovanni Mirabella and made his debut as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’. He was only 24 years old. Then he was chosen by Pietro Mascagni for appearances in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ in Cairo and Alexandria. He made guest appearances also in Berlin, where he and made a few, very rare records for Vox. In Berlin he sang opposite Titta Ruffo. He then sang the role of the Duke of Mantua in "Rigoletto" at the Teatro Dal Verme, in Milan. The late Enrico Caruso was in the audience on that occasion, and was so impressed with Rigattlert's Interpretation of the part of the Duke that he personally complimented him, and presented him with a sword which Caruso himself used in the same opera. They then for six months toured India, where he sang about 20 different roles. He appeared also in Paris, Holland, Vienna, Germany, Russia, and Poland, singing with great success. From there he came to Australia, where ho appeared at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, and His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, with the Italo-Australlan Grand Opera Company (1920-1930’s).

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Prato  Politeama Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1919 Prato  Politeama Traviata (Alfredo)
1920 Prato Teatro Metastasio Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1920-1930’s Australia Western Australian Grand Opera Company/ Adelaide Town Hall

Mar 11, 2018

Zinoviy Babii (Village Pidsadky, Lviv Region, Ukraine 1935 – Minsk, Belarus 1984)

He was one of the best Ukrainian tenors of all time. In 1954 he finished Lviv Music College. He continued his education at the Kiev Conservatory (1954-1957) and from 1957 to 1960 he performed at the Kiev Opera. In the 1960-1963 seasons he appeared at the Lviv Opera. From 1963 to 1978 he was a soloist of the Minsk Opera and gave many concerts with Minsk Philarmonic (1978-1984). his repertoire included Don Jose (‘’Carmen’’), Radames (‘’Aida’’), Canio (‘’Pagliacci’’), Pincerton (‘’Madama Batterfly’’), Cavaradossi (‘’Tosca’’), Manrico (‘’Il Trovatore’’), Rodolfo (‘’La Boheme’’), The Duke (‘’Rigoletto’’), Otello, Hermann (‘’Queen of Spades’’).

Chronology of some appearances

1957-1960 Kiev Opera
1960-1963 Lviv Opera
1963-1978 Minsk Opera

Mar 10, 2018

David Handerson (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

1900-1901 Brussels Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
1906 Ferrara  Teatro Comunale Mefistofele (Faust)
1906 Venezia  Teatro Rossini Mefistofele (Faust)
1906 Rovereto Teatro Sociale Otello (Otello)
1907 Lisbona Teatro San Carlo Otello (Otello)
1907 Lisbona Teatro San Carlo Ugonotti (Raoul)
1907 Valencia Teatro Principal Otello (Otello)
1908 Ancona  Teatro delle Muse Ugonotti (Raoul)
1914 Toronto  Royal Alexandra Trovatore (Manrico)

Guy Fouché (Ténor) (Bordeaux, France 17 June 1921 - Annecy, France 28 May 1998)

He graduated from the Conservatoire de chant de Bordeaux with the first prize of Opéra and Opéra-comique and began his career at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in 1942 in Georges Bizet's ‘’Les Pêcheurs de perles’’. He also won a second prize at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1943. From 1945 to 1953 he performed at the provincial opera houses (Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Rennes and Bordeaux). In 1953 he appeared in Oran. From 1954 to 1956 he was a member of the troupe of the Opéra royal de Wallonie in Liège before being for six seasons the first tenor of La Monnaie in Brussels. Back in Oran he sang the title role of Faust opposite Henri Rivière and Adrien Legros. In 1961 he moved to Toulon, where two years later he retired from the stage.

Chronology of some appearances

1942-1945 Bordeaux Grand Théâtre
1945-1953 Tulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Rennes and Bordeaux
1954-1956 Liège Opéra royal de Wallonie
1956-1962 Brussels Monnaie
1961-1963 Toulon Opera

Mar 9, 2018

Eugenia Mantelli (Florence, Italy 1860 – Lisbon, Portugal 3 March 1926)

She studied at the Milan Conservatory and made her debut in 1883 at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon as Urbain in G. Meyerbeer’s ‘’Huguenots’’. The same year she made guest appearances in Italy, where first she sang in Treviso as Kaled in J. Massenet’s ‘’Le Roi de Lahore’’. Successful tours followed together with legendary Spanish tenor Julián Gayarre in Germany, Italy and South America. In 1889 she appeared opposite Mattia Battistini in Buenos Aires. In 1894 she sang as a partner of Francesco Tamagno in Moscow. In 1896 she performed at the Covent Garden in London as Brünnhilde in ‘’Walküre’’ (still in French) In the 1894-1900 seasons she was a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Here she made her debut in 1894 as Amneris in ‘’Aida’’. Here her repertoire included Azucena in ‘’Trovatore’’, Emilia in ‘’Otello’’, Ortrud in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Maddalena in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Lola in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, Fides in ‘’Le prophète’’, Leonora in ‘’La Favorita’’, Nancy in ‘’Martha’’, the Queen in ‘’Hamlet’’, the Queen Guinevere in ‘’Elaine’’ of Herman Bemberg (première, 1894) and Dalila in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’. In 1902 she appeared at the Manhattan Opera House in New York in the title role in P. Mascagni’s ‘’Zanetto’’. In the 1902-1903 season she was engaged again by the Metropolitan Opera, in the 1903-1904 season she went on a tour in USA tour with her own opera troupe, in the 1904-1905 season she appeared in New York in operetta performances. Since 1905 she lived in Lisbon. she guested in 1908 at the Teatro Politeama in Genoa as Carmen. In 1910 she appeared on the stage for the last time in Lisbon. She made recordings for Bettini cylinders (1899) and then for USA Zonophone (1905-1907).

Chronology of some appearances

1883 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo Huguenots (Urbain)
1883 Treviso Opera Le Roi de Lahore (Kaled)
1896 London Covent Garden Walküre (Brünnhilde)
1894-1900 New York Metropolitan Opera Aida (Amneris/Debut)
1902 New York Manhattan Opera House Zanetto (Silvia)
1902-1903 New York Metropolitan Opera
1908 Genoa Teatro Politeama Carmen (Carmen)

Roberto Silva (Bass)


He began his career during the 1930’s in Italy, however, emigrated before the World War II to North America. Since 1944 he became a member of the New York New Opera Company and City Centre Opera. In the 1941-1948 seasons he made guest appearances at the Opera Philadelphia  and Chicago Opera, since 1943 also at the San Francisco Opera. He also sang at Opera National de México. In 1941 he sang at La Scala the part of King in G. Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’ and guested again in 1952 and 1953. His repertoire included Mefistofele in ‘’Faust’’, Basilio  in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Fiesco in ‘’Simon Boccanegra’’, Colline in ‘’Boheme’’, Pistol in ‘’Falstaff’’ and Alvise in ‘’La Gioconda’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1941 Milano La Scala
1941-1948 Opera Philadelphia/Chicago Opera
1943 San Francisco Opera
1944 New York New Opera Company
1944 New York City Centre Opera

Mar 8, 2018

Giulio Perotti (Tenor) (Ueckermünde, Germany 13. March 1841 – Milan, Italy 28 February 1901)


His real name was Julius Prott. First he studied at the Stern'sche Konservatorium in Berlin, then he continued his education under Pietro Romani in Florence. Additionally he trained with Francesco Lamperti in Milan, Corsi and Deck-Servani and Gustave Roger in Paris. In 1863 he made his debut at the Opera House in Wroclaw. He made successful guest appearances in Germany, Italy, also in London, Madrid, Moscow and Constantinople. In 1870 at the Drury Lane Theatre in London he sang the part of Erik in the English première of R. Wagner’s ‘’Fliegender Holländer’’. In 1872 he appeared at La Scala as Max in ‘’Freischütz’’. Several times he visited North America, where he sang  at the operatic stages in Boston, Chicago, New York and in many other towns. In the 1888-1890 and from 1899 to 1900 seasons he was engaged by the New York Metropolitan Opera. In South America he was to be heard among other things in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. In the 1866-1868 seasons he was a member of the Hofoper in Wien. In the 1878-1888 and again from 1892 to 1900 seasons he belonged to the ensemble of the State Opera House in Budapest, where he and retired from the stage. His best roles were Raoul in ‘’Huguenots’’,  Johann von Leiden in ‘’Le prophète’’, Arnoldo in ‘’Guglielmo Tell’’, Eleazar in ‘’La Juive’’, Faust, Manrico in ‘’Trovatore’’, Otello and also Wagner repertoire (Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Rienzi, Siegfried). Since 1879 he owned in Trieste a market garden, which was internationally known for his rose cultures. He made a few recordings for Bettini cylinders.

Chronology of some appearances

1863 Wroclaw Opera House
1866-1868 Wien Hofoper
1870 London Drury Lane Theatre
1872 Milano La Scala
1878-1888 Budapest State Opera House
1888-1890 New York Metropolitan Opera
1892-1900 Budapest State Opera House
1899-1900 New York Metropolitan Opera

Ebba Wilton (Soprano) (1896, 13/12, Rødvig - 1951, 1/4, København)

She was one of the best Danish sopranos of her time. Since 1915 she was a pupil of Paul Bank in Copenhagen, since 1919 she studied singing at the Royal Opera School in Copenhagen. From 1924 to 1949 she was a highly respected member of the Royal Opera in Copenhagen. Here she made her debut as Queen of the Night in ‘’Zauberflöte’’. Her repertoire included Olympia in ‘’Les contes d'Hoffmann’’, Zerline in ‘’Don Giovanni’’, Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Marie in ‘’La fille du régiment’’, Susanna in ‘’Figaros Hochzeit’’ and Ännchen in ‘’Freischütz’’. She made guest appearances in Berlin, Paris and Riga. From 1924 to 1928 she made a lot of recordings for Danish HMV.

Chronology of some appearances

1924-1949 Copenhagen Royal Opera

Feb 24, 2018

Mario Roussel (Tenor)

                                                                        as Otello

This totally forgotten tenor was the creator of Silvio in the world premiere of R. Leoncavallo’s ‘’Pagliacci’’ at the Teatro Dal Verme, Milano (1892). The next year he went to Melbourne, where again appeared in ‘’Pagliacci’’. Although he was successful in tenor repertoire (Otello (see photo) Sansone and Siegmund), but he couldn’t continue his career as tenor and until his retirement, like Oreste Milei, sang again repertoire of baritone. He retired from the stage in 1911. Roussel never made records.

Chronology of some appearances

1892 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Pagliacci (Silvio)
1893 Genova  Teatro Paganini Carmen (Escamillo)
1893  Genova  Teatro Carlo Felice Pagliacci (Silvio)
1893 Melbourne Princess Theater Pagliacci (Silvio)
1894 Casale Monferrato  Teatro Sociale Ballo in maschera (Renato)
1894 Casale Monferrato  Teatro Sociale Pagliacci (Silvio)
1894 Milano  Teatro Lirico Pagliacci (Silvio)
1896 Buenos Ayres  Teatro San Martin Boheme (Marcello)
1896 Buenos Ayres  Teatro San Martin Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1896 Buenos Ayres  Teatro San Martin Pagliacci (Tonio)
1896 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Victoria Boheme (Marcello)
1897 Bari  Teatro Piccinni Ballo in maschera (Renato)
1897 Bari  Teatro Piccinni Boheme (Marcello)
1898 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Marcello)
1898  Bergamo  Teatro Donizetti Boheme (Marcello)
1898 Alessandria  Politeama Grà Boheme (Marcello)
1899 Roma Teatro Quirino Pagliacci (Tonio)
1899 Berlin  Teatro Kroll Traviata (Germont)
1891 Pavia  Teatro Guidi Carmen (Escamillo)
1901 Roma Teatro Adrian Samson et Dalila (Sansone)
1901 Milano La Scala Die Walküre (Siegmund)
1901 Foggia Teatro Dauno Otello (Otello)
1901 Novara Teatro Coccia Otello (Otello)
1902 Roma  Teatro Adriano Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1903 Roma Teatro Adriano Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1902 Modena  Teatro Storchi Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1903 Vigevano Teatro Cagnoni Otello (Jago)
1904 Venezia Rossini Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1904 Milano Teatro Lirico Boheme (Marcello)
1904 Foggia Teatro Dauno Carmen (Escamillo)
1904 San Paolo  Teatro Santana Ballo in maschera (Renato)
1904 San Paolo Santana Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1904 San Paolo Santana Carmen (Escamillo)
1904 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Lirico Boheme (Marcello)
1904  Rio de Janeiro Teatro Lirico Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1905 Buenos Ayres Politeama Argentino  Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1905 Buenos Ayres Politeama Argentino  Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1905 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Ballo in maschera (Renato)
1905 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1905 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Boheme (Marcello)
1905 Torino  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Boheme (Rodolfo) by R. Leoncavallo
1906 Città del Messico  Teatro Arbeu Boheme (Marcello)
1906 Città del Messico  Teatro Arbeau Siberia (Walitzin)
1906 Padova  Teatro Verdi Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1908 Parma  Politeama Reinach Ballo in maschera (Renato)
1908 Parma  Politeama Reinach Ernani (Silva)
1909 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Ballo in maschera (Renato)
1909 San Paolo  Politeama Ballo in maschera (Renato)
1909 Buenos Ayres Teatro Marconi Otello (Jago)
1909 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Tosca (Scarpia)
1909 Montevideo  Politeama Tosca (Scarpia)
1910 Novellara  Teatro Sociale Ballo in maschera (Renato)
1910 Potenza  Teatro Stabile Boheme (Marcello)
1911 Roma  Teatro Apollo Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1911 Roma  Teatro Apollo Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1911 Cento  Teatro Sociale Tosca (Scarpia)

Jan 28, 2018

Giustino Zara (Baritone)

He made his debut in his native country. In 1908 he went to USA, where he had a prolific career. Episodically he appeared also as bass.

1897 Savona  Teatro Chiabrera Boheme (Marcello)
1898 Oneglia  Politeama Umberto I° Boheme (Marcello)
1901 Como  Teatro Cressoni Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1902 Lodi  Teatro Gaffurio Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1906 Voghera  Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1908 Philadelphia  Grand Opera Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio)
1908 New York  American Theater Carmen (Escamillo)
1908 Philadelphia  Grand Opera Carmen (Escamillo)
1908 Philadelphia  Grand Opera Pagliacci (Silvio)
1909 Philadelphia  Chestnut Theater Pagliacci (Silvio)
1909 Philadelphia  Chestnut Street Theater Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1909 Philadelphia  Chestnut Street Theater Carmen (Escamillo)
1909 Philadelphia  Chestnut Street Traviata (Germont)
1909 San Francisco  Princess Theater Carmen (Escamillo)
1909 San Francisco  Princess Theater Pagliacci (Tonio)
1909 San Francisco  Princess Theater Traviata (Germont)
1910 Brooklyn Majestic House  Boheme (Schaunard)
1910 New York  People's Theater  Boheme (Schaunard)
1911 New York  People's Theater Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1911 New York  People's Theater Pagliacci (Silvio)
1911 Syracuse  Wieting Theater Boheme (Schaunard)
1914  Augusta  Grand Theater Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1914  Augusta  Grand Theater Pagliacci (Tonio)
1914  Jacksonville  Teatro Duval Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1914  Jacksonville  Teatro Duval Pagliacci (Tonio)
1914 Norfolk  Teatro Wells Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1914 Norfolk  Teatro Wells Pagliacci (Tonio)
1914  Atlanta  Atlanta Theater Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1914  Atlanta  Atlanta Theater Pagliacci (Tonio)
1914 Knoxville  Staub's Theater Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1914 New York  Thalia Theater Tosca (Scarpia)
1914 New York  Thalia Theater Traviata (Germont)
1914 Richmond  Academy of Music  Tosca (Scarpia)
1914 Richmond  Academy of Music  Traviata (Germont)
1914 Memphis  Lyceum Theater Tosca (Scarpia)
1914 Memphis  Lyceum Theater Traviata (Germont)
1914   St.Louis Olympic Theater Tosca (Scarpia)
1915 London Covent Garden Lucia di Lammermoor (Lord Enrico Ashton)

Jan 26, 2018

Renzo Pigni (Tenor) (1908 - 3. 1. 1969)

Already in 1933 he sang at La Scala the part of Narraboth in ''Salome''. Here he appeared also as Pinkerton in ''Madama Butterfly'', Enzo in ''La Gioconda'', Maurizio in ''Adriana Lecouvreur'', Loris in ''Fedora'', Faust in ''Mefistofele'' of Boito, Osaka in ''Iris'', Walther von Stolzing and Lohengrin. he also appeared as guest at the other famous Italian opera theaters, among other things in the 1939-1940 season he performed at the Teatro dell'Opera in Roma (as Alfredo in ''La Traviata'' and Uberto in ''Margherita de Cortona'' of Licinio Refice). In 1937 he made successful guest appearance at Covent Garden in London. He continued his career till the fifties; thus he guested in 1951 at the Teatro Comunale in Firenze as Riccardo in G. Verdi's ''Ballo in maschera''.

Chronology of some appearances

1931 Catania  Arena Imperiale Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1931  Piacenza  Politeama Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1931  Piacenza  Politeama Traviata (Alfredo)
1934  Bari  Teatro Petruzzelli Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1937 Genova  Politeama Genovese Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1937 Genova  Politeama Genovese Traviata (Alfredo)
1938 Parma  Teatro Regio Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1938  Lugano  Teatro Apollo Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1938  Lugano  Teatro Apollo Traviata (Alfredo)
1939 Napoli  Arenaccia Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1939 Bari  Teatro Petruzzelli Traviata (Alfredo)
1939 Bari  Teatro Petruzzelli Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1940 Pisa  Teatro Verdi Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1940 Pisa  Teatro Verdi Traviata (Alfredo)
1940 Genova  Politeama Genovese Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1940 Genova  Politeama Genovese  Traviata (Alfredo)
1944  Rovigo  Teatro Sociale Mefistofele (Faust)

Jan 21, 2018

Domenico Russo (Tenor) (Messina, Italy 11 March 1874 - USA 28 September 1932)

He studied singing under Paccini and Rossi and made his debut in Italy as Manrico in G. Verdi’s  ‘’Trovatore’’ (1892). His special success was in USA, where he made his debut around 1900. He was a principal tenor of Tivoli Grand Opera Company. Married soprano Edith Helena (1876-1956).

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Galveston  Grand Opera House Rigoletto (Duca)
1900 San Francisco  Tivoli Opera House Almaviva (Barbiere di Siviglia)
1900 San Francisco  Tivoli Opera House Rigoletto (Duca)
1900 San Francisco  Tivoli Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1901 Salt Lake City Teatro Salt Lake Carmen (Don Jose)
1901  San Francisco  Tivoli Opera House Rigoletto (Duca)
1902 San Francisco  Tivoli Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1907 San Francisco  Central Theater Rigoletto (Duca)
1911 Washington  National Theater Carmen (Don Jose)
1911 Boston  Opera House Trovatore (Manrico)

Jan 5, 2018

Joseph Farrington (Bass-Baritone)

Chronology of some appearances

1924 London Covent Garden Savitri (Holst)
1925 London The Old Vic Theatre The Magic Flute (Mozart)
1925 London Queen’s Hall Messiah (Mendelssohn)
1926 Edinburgh  Opera Tannhäuser  (Wagner)
1927 London Queen’s Hall Macbeth (Collingwood)
1931 London Queen’s Hall Messiah (Mendelssohn)
1936  Glasgow Theatre Royal Roméo et Juliette (Gounod)


The Magic Flute (Mozart): Saratro song 5094 3885
The marriage of Figaro (Mozart): Say goodby Figaro song 5094 3884

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Erik Ole Bye (Baritone) (Drammen, Norway 20 March 1883 – Oslo, Norway 17 May 1953)

He began his education with Morgenstierne in Oslo, then continued under zur Muhlen in London and completed his studies with R. Wiliani in Paris. Additionally he perfected his vocal also in Italy and Germany. In 1913 he made his debut as an opera singer at the National Opera in Oslo as Don Basilio in ‘’Il Barbiere di Sivigilia’’, later he changed to baritone. In the 1914-1917 seasons he was engaged by the Opera House in Wroclaw (beginning part: Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’). In 1917 he made his debut at the Opéra Comique in Paris. In November 1918 he sang the role of the High Priest in Camille Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila for the opening of the new opera house in Oslo. In 1921 he went to North America, where he appeared as an opera singer and sang till 1932, then he came back again in his Norwegian native country.

Chronology of some appearances

1913 Oslo National Opera Barbiere di Sivigilia (Don Basilio)
1914-1917 Wroclaw Opera House Aida (Amonasro)
1917 Paris Opéra Comique
1921-1932 North America


Gramophone, Kristiania 1915-07-08
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prologen 082096 304z

Gramophone, Kristiania 1915-07-09
Faust (Gounod): Valentins bøn (Avant de quitter) 082097 307z

Gramophone, Kristiania 1919-08-12
Trovatore (Verdi): Solens glans paa himlens høie 7-82055 5875ak 

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Jan 4, 2018

Phyllis Archibald (Mezzo-Soprano)

She was a pupil of Blanche Marchesi. In 1908 she appeared in the performances of Nibelungenrings at the London Covent Garden Opera under Hans Richter. Then she became known as a member Carl Rose Opera Company. As a member of this troupe she travelled around England. There she sang from 1914 to 1920. Later she sang with British National Opera in London. Early she had fallen ill with an incurable nervous suffering and forced to give up her career. She lived in a sanitarium like Lina Bruna Rasa and Jeanne Gordon. Her repertoire included Carmen, Amneris in ''Aida'', Dalila in ''Samson et Dalila''of  C. Saint-Saëns, Marthe in ''Faust'' of C. Gounod, Brangäne in ''Tristan und Isolde'', Fricka in the Nibelungenring and Kundry in ''Parsifal''.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 London Covent Garden
1914-1920 England Carl Rose Opera Company


Carmen (Bizet) Habanera K-05196 04062
Prophète (Meyerbeer) Ah mon fils K-05196 04061

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Halfdan Rode (Baritone) (Porsgrunn, Norway 20 June 1870 - ? April 1945)


He studied singing under W. Kloed in Oslo and completed his education in Berlin, London and Milan. First he made his debut in 1894 in concert. His opera debut was happened in 1900. During the following years (1907-1917) he sang at the Norwegian National Theater in Oslo and appeared there as Don Giovanni, Escamillo in ''Carmen'', Sharpless in ''Madama Butterfly'', Lothario in ''Mignon'' and Mefistofele in ''Faust''. After his retirement he taught singing  in Oslo.

Chronology of some appearances

1907-1917 Oslo National Theater


G&T, Kristiania 1904-12
Hytten er lukket (Kjerulf) 72313 739d

G&T Kristiania 1906 (Autumn)
Aftenen er stille (Backer-Grøndahl) G&T 282223 4685L
Over de høje fjelde (Kjerulf) 282226  4689L 

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Dec 14, 2017

Jean Bourbon (Baritone) (1875-1948)

He studied singing at the Conservatoire National de Paris under Lhérie and Melchissèdec and made his debut 1901 at the Paris Opéra-Comique as Richard in the premiere of ‘’L'Ouragan’’ by Alfred Bruneau. In 1902 he appeared there also in the premiere of ‘’La Carmélite’’ by R. Hahn. Since 1904 he was a solist of the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, where he had a huge success till 1910. He made appearances in the Brussels premières of the operas ‘’Le Jongleur de Notre Dame’’ (1904), ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’ of Debussy (1907, as Golo), ‘’Le Chemineau’’ of  Xavier Leroux (1908) and ‘’Monna Vanna’’ by Henri Février (1909, as Guido Colonna). On 22. 11. 1919 he participated in the premiere of the opera ‘’Taras Bulba’’of Marcel Samuel-Rousseau (Théâtre Lyrique de Vaudeville, Paris). In 1912 he appeared at La Scala as Ramon in the opera ’’La Habanera’’ of  R. Laparra. He achieved great success also during of guest performances at the Covent Garden in London: In 1909 as Golo in the English première of ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’ and as Valentin in C. Gounod’s ‘’Faust’’.  In 1910 he sang also in the première of the opera ‘’La Habanéra’’  by Raoul Laparra. At the Opéra de Monte-Carlo he performed as Figaro in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Escamillo in ‘’Carmen’’, Hérode in ‘’Hérodiade’’ , Wolfram in ‘’Tannhäuser’’. On 4. 3. 1913 he sang there in the premiere of the opera ‘’Pénélope’’ of Gabriel Fauré as Eumée. On 21. 3. 1914 he appeared in the premiere of Messager’s ‘’Béatrice’’. In 1911 he participated in the première of the opera ‘’Ivan le Terrible’’ of Raoul Gunsbourg (Théâtre Lyrique de la Gaîté, Paris). In 1914 he sang at the Paris Grand Opéra the part of Guido in ‘’Monna Vanna’’ and also performed in ‘’Les Burgraves’’of Léo Sachs. In 1921 he appeared in Rio de Janeiro as Clavaroche in ‘’Fortunio’’ of A. Messager. In 1929 he was a member of the cast in Strasbourg in performances of the Nibelungenrings (as Alberich). By the end of his career he was active in Southern French operatic stages.

Chronology of some appearances

1901 Paris Opéra-Comique L'Ouragan (Richard)
1902 Paris Opéra-Comique La Carmélite
1904 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie  Le Jongleur de Notre Dame
1907 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Pelléas et Mélisande
1908 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Le Chemineau
1909 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Monna Vanna
1909 London Covent Garden Pelléas et Mélisande
1910 London Covent Garden La Habanera (Ramon)
1911 Paris Théâtre Lyrique de la Gaîté Ivan le Terrible
1912 Milano La Scala La Habanera (Ramon)
1913 Opéra de Monte-Carlo  Pénélope
1914 Opéra de Monte-Carlo  Béatrice
1919 Paris Théâtre Lyrique de Vaudeville

Dec 10, 2017

Marcello Barberis (Tenor)

                                         1922 Trento  Teatro Gustavo Modena Rigoletto (Duca)

Adele Botti (Soprano)

Chronology of some appearances

1899 Buenos Ayres  Politeama Argentino Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1900  Buenos Ayres  Politeama Argentino  Boheme (Mimi)
1900  Buenos Ayres  Teatro San Martin Ugonotti  (Valentina)
1901 Codogno  Sociale Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1902 Portogruaro Teatro Sociale Ernani (Elvira)
1902 Valencia  Teatro Apollo Trovatore (Leonora)
1903 Bucarest Teatro Nazionale Ernani (Elvira)
1903 Costantinopoli  Teatro Concordia  Trovatore (Leonora)
1904 Forlì  Teatro Comunale Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1908 La Valletta/Malta  Teatro Reale Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1908 Napoli  Teatro Bellini  Trovatore (Leonora)
1910 Bucarest  Teatro Nazionale Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)

Amalia Colombo (Mezzo-Soprano)

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Firenze  Teatro Della Pergola Rigoletto  (Maddalena)
1910  Caracas - Teatro Municipal  Rigoletto (Maddalena)
1911  Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal  Amica (Margherita)
1911  Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal  Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)
1911 Montevideo  Teatro  Solis  Amica (Margherita)
1911 Montevideo  Teatro  Solis  Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)
1911 Rosario di Santa Fè  Teatro Coliseo  Amica (Margherita)
1911 Rosario di Santa Fè  Teatro Coliseo  Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)
1911 San Paulo  Teatro Colombo  Amica (Margherita)
1911 San Paulo  Teatro Colombo  Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)
1911 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)
1911 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal  Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)
1911 Valparaiso  Teatro Victoria Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)

Dec 7, 2017

Emma Decima (Soprano)

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Pisa  Politeama Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1895 Vicenza  Teatro Eretenio Pagliacci (Nedda)
1898 Casalmaggiore  Teatro Sociale Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1899 Venezia  Teatro Rossini Rigoletto (Gilda)
1900 Badia Polesine Politeama Piana Boheme (Mimi)
1900 Carrara Politeama Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1905 Monza Teatro Sociale Ballo in maschera (Ulrica)
1905 Siena  Teatro Dei Rinnovati Trovatore (Leonora)
1908 Trani  Teatro Comunale Trovatore (Leonora)
1911 Comacchio  Teatro Sociale Ballo in maschera (Ulrica)
1914 Garlasco Teatro Martinetti  (Ulrica)

Dec 2, 2017

Galileo Gasparri (Tenor) (Florence, Italy 1875 - ?)

His full name was Galileo Ainor Gasparri. He made his debut very young (1892). He spent his career mostly at the provincial Italian operatic stages. He made successful guest appearances in Sydney and Kiev. His wife was the legendary French soprano Emma Calvé. He retired from the stage in 1910. Gasparri never made records.

Chronology of some appearances

1893 Bergamo  Politeama Civoli Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1903 Napoli  Teatro Verdi Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1904 Grosseto  Teatro Degli Industri Boheme (Rodolfo)
1904 Lanciano  Teatro Fenaroli Pagliacci (Canio)
1905 Rimini  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Boheme (Rodolfo)
1905 Cuneo  Teatro Toselli Rigoletto (Duca)
1905 Cuneo  Teatro Toselli Mefistofele (Faust)
1905 Torino  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Rigoletto (Duca)
1906 Kiev  Teatro Solodownikoff Rigoletto (Duca)
1906 Salerno  Teatro Verdi Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1906 Casale Monferrato  Politeama Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1907 Fermo  Teatro Dell'Aquila Boheme (Rodolfo)
1907 Riva del Garda  Politeama Perini Pagliacci (Canio)
1907 Massa  Teatro Guglielmi Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1907 Rovereto  Teatro Sociale Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1908 Rovigo  Teatro Sociale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1908 Rovigo  Teatro Sociale Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1908 Bergamo  Teatro Sociale Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1908 Biella  Teatro Sociale Mefistofele (Faust)
1908 Suzzara  Teatro Sociale Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1909 Pistoia  Politeama Mabellini Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1909 Cremona  Teatro Ponchielli Loreley (Walter)
1909 Savona  Teatro Chiabrera Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1909 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Tosca (Cavaradossi)

Nov 25, 2017

Nice Barbareschi (Soprano)


She made her debut around 1890. In 1901 she made successful guest appearances at the Tivoli Theater in San Francisco. Sang opposite tenors Oreste Mieli, Francesco Fazzini, Amedeo Alemanni. She never made records.

1891 Santader  Teatro Principal Carmen (Carmen)
1891  Gorizia  Teatro Sociale Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1891 Bilbao  Teatro Arriaga Ugonotti (Margherita)
1891 Saragozza  Teatro Pignatelli Ugonotti (Margherita)
1898 Padova  Teatro Verdi Loreley (Loreley)
1900 Città del Messico  Teatro Principal Boheme (Mimi)
1900 San Francisco  Tivoli Opera House Traviata (Violetta)
1901 San Francisco  Teatro Tivoli Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1901 San Francisco  Teatro Tivoli Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1901 San Francisco  Teatro Tivoli Ernani (Elvira)
1901 San Francisco  Teatro Tivoli Otello (Otello)
1902 San Paulo Teatro Santana Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1903  Novi Ligure  Teatro Carlo Alberto Carmen (Carmen)
1903 Terni Politeama Ternano Ernani (Elvira)
1903  Faenza  Teatro Masini Tosca (Tosca)
1903 Cento  Teatro Comunale Tosca (Tosca)
1904  Reggio Emilia  Teatro Municipale Tosca (Tosca)

Rosa De Vila (Soprano)

Chronology of some appearances

1903 Varsavia Teatro Imperiale Ernani (Elvira)
1903 Gilbilterra Teatro Principal Otello (Desdemona)
1903 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Ugonotti (Margherita)
1903 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Boheme (Mimi)
1903 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1903 Vilna  Grand Theatre Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1904 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Ballo in maschera (Amelia)
1904 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Tosca (Tosca)
1904  Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1904 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Boheme (Mimi)
1904 Oviedo  Teatro Campoamor  Ballo in maschera (Amelia)
1904 Oviedo  Teatro Campoamor  Trovatore (Leonora)
1905 Bilbao  Teatro Arriaga Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1905 Bilbao  Teatro Arriaga Pagliacci (Nedda)
1905 Bilbao  Teatro Arriaga Tosca (Tosca)
1905 Logrones  Teatro Herres Pagliacci (Nedda)
1906 Oviedo  Teatro Campamor Boheme (Mimi)
1906 Oviedo Teatro Campamor Tosca (Tosca)
1906 Gjion Teatro Diudurra Tosca (Tosca)
1906 Valencia Teatro Principal Tosca (Tosca)