Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Mar 27, 2017

Enzo Baccante (Baritone) (Sulmona 1887 - New York 1938)

Artist and opera singer-Baccante's opera career probably started with his debut in 1909 at Faraggiana of Novara as Zurga in Pescatori di Perle. Performances by Baccante in Italy were traced from 1909 to 1914 in smaller Italian houses. He served in the Italian Army during the First World War and in 1922 emigrated to the U.S., at that point concentrating on a career as an painter and sculptor. He subsequently occasionally appeared in concerts and on the radio in the U.S. but was mostly active and recognized as a painter. He died of heart disease.

Chronology of some appearances

1909  Novara Teatro Faraggiana Pescatori di Perle (Zurga)
1910  Vercelli Politeama Facchinetti Faust (Valentino)
1912  Cerignola Teatro Mercadante Pescatori di Perle (Zurga)
1914 Novara Teatro Coccia Orma di C. Viscardini

He made four published records


Fonotipia, Milano 1913-01-01
Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari) Bacio di lama Fonotipia 110373 xM 1805

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Feb 11, 2017

Roman Hübner (Tenor) (Mělník, north of Prague, Czech Republic Nov. 21st, 1891 - Prague, Czech Republic June 30th, 1964)

First he studied singing privately in Prague under Václav Viktorin, then continued his education with professor Ulanovského. He went to Italy and perfected his vocal technique under Piccoli in Milan. From 1921 to 1938 he was a soloist, then also a director of Slovak National Theater in Bratislava. He excelled particularly in operas by Verdi and Puccini. During the occupation, he worked in the Prague radio. In the 1945-1947 seasons he appeared as soloist and Director of the Opera Theater in Liberec. Then he worked as vocal teacher in Prague.

Chronology of some appearances

1921-1938 Bratislava Slovak National Theater
1945-1947 Opera Theater in Liberec


Composer: Smetana, Work: Dalibor: Arie - O Zdenku

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Adam Dobosz (Tenor) (Żyraków, Poland 3 VIII 1885 - Warsaw, Poland 20 XI 1952)

He was trained by Horbowski in Warsaw. In 1908 he excited the first sensation when he sang in Warsaw Tenor-solo in Stabat Mater by G. Rossini. The same year he debuted at the opera house of Cracow as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. In the 1909-1914 seasons he was a member of the Lwów (Lvov) Opera. In 1914 he joined to the National Opera in Warsaw, where he had a huge success and appeared here till 1939. On 19. 6. 1926 he sang there in the premiere of the opera ‘’Krol Roger’’ by Karol Szymanowski as shepherd. In 1941-44 he was engaged by the Miasta-Theater in Warsaw. His repertoire included Belmonte in ‘’Entführung aus dem Serail’’, Almaviva in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, José in ‘’Carmen’’, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Eleazar in ’’La Juive’’, Pinkerton in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’, Lenski in ’’Eugene Onegin’’ and De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’. He was active as professor of vocal in Warsaw. Married the operetta singer Walerie Markowska.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Cracow Opera 
1909-1914 Lwów Opera
1914-1939 Warsaw National Opera
1941-1944 Warsaw Miasta-Theater


Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovksy) Więc gdzie, więc gdzie

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Jan 24, 2017

Salvatore Salvati (Tenor) (Naples, Italy 1885 - Olten, Switzerland 1959)

He made his debut in 1908 at Caserta (near Naples) as Almaviva in ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’. Then he had a significant career in Italian stages and appeared also in South America, among other things at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 1925 he guested at La Scala, Milan as Florindo in ‘’Le Donne curiose’’ of E. Wolf- Ferrari. He lived later in Switzerland where he appeared at the Municipal Theatre of Basel, but also in Zurich and in Bern as a guest. He was the founder of the Salvati-Vocal quartet (with Leni Neuenschwander, Paula Koelliker and Karl Theo Wagner) which gave concerts in numerous European towns. Approximately in 1930 he finished his stage career, but in 1941 again appeared on the stage (Municipal Theatre of Bern). Later He became a singing teacher first at the Salzburg Mozarteum, then at the Basel Conservatory.

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Napoli Chiesa Cimitero Requiem di G. Morgini
1909 Prato Teatro Metastasio Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1911 Vicenza Teatro Eretenio Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1913 Genova  Politeama Genovese  Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1917 Malta Teatro Reale Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1920 Lecco Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1924 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1929 Milano Teatro Lirico  Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1943 Bologna Teatro Comunale La Passione Secondo Matteo di J. S. Bach


Gramophone, Milano 1911-07-29
Otello (Verdi): Questa e una ragna with Vittorio De Goetzen and Antonio Paoli 54451 1291ah
Otello (Verdi): Vieni, l'aula è deserta with Vittorio De Goetzen and Antonio Paoli 054330 356ai

Gramophone, Milano 1913-02-19
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Cercherò lontana terra 2-52840 2660ah
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Sogno soave e casto 2-52841 2661ah
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Numero quindici with Paolo Ferretti 54475 2662ah

Victor, USA 1913-03-08
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Verranno a te with Malvina Pereira 68454

Fonotipia, Milano 1926-10-28
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): All'idea di quel metallo with Fabio Ronchi  120010 XXPh 5807
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Numero quindici with Fabio Ronchi 120011 XXPh 5808

Tri-Ergon, Berlin 1929-1930
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah!, si ben mio TE 10018 2725
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba Te 10019 2732
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): No pagliaccio non son TE 10019 2733
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella TE 20001 2728
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile TE 20001 2731
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle TE 20002 2730
Tosca (Puccini):  Recondita armonia  TE 20002 2729
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso TE 10030 3239
Aida (Verdi): Se quel guerrier io fossi...Celeste Aida TE 10030 3240
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima TE10031 3228
Favorita (Donizetti): Spirto gentil TE10031 3244

Artiphon, Berlin 1929-1930
Mignon (Thomas): Addio Mignon  08236 8236
Traviata (Verdi):  Brindisi  08239 8239

O sole mio (Di Capua) Nr. T 9165
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): O Colombina  M9135
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba  M9136
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle M9129
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia M9130
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si, ben mio MD9172
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso MD9171
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 9124
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 9124

Deutsche Buch Gemeinschaft
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 3014  3239
Aida (Verdi): Se quel guerrier io fossi...Celeste Aida 3014 3240

Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina 2724 22
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si ben mio 2725 22

Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 7375 30
Marechiare (Tosti) 7427 30
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 3240 12

Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile  4021 2731
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella  4021 2728

Phonycord Flexible
Favorita (Donizetti): Una vergine un angiol di dio  151 8235
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni):  Brindisi 151 8241

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Jan 9, 2017

Guido Agnoletti (Tenor)

In 1920 he appeared at the Politeama Reinach in Parma in operettas ‘’Eva’’ (Franz Lehar), ‘’La vedova allegra’’ (Franz Lehar), ‘’La rosa di Stambul’’ (Leo Fall), ‘’Amore in maschera’’ (Ivan Darclée), ‘’Finalmente soli!’’ (Franz Lehar) and  ‘’La favola dei lillà’’  (Bruno Grani). In 1931 he again performed at the same theatre, this time in operettas ‘’L'isola verde’’ (Giuseppe Pietri), ‘’Miss Italia’’ (Alfredo Cuscinà), ‘’Lo zarevich’’ (Franz Lehar) and ‘’Crema di chic’’(Carlo Lombardo).

Chronology of some appearances

1919    Roma  Teatro Nazionale Traviata (Alfredo)
1920    Novara Teatro Coccia Traviata (Alfredo)
1932    Roma  Eiar La Rondine (Prunier)
1933    Roma  Teatro Argentina La Corsaresca di P.La Rotella (Dauro)
1935    Roma  Eiar Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo)


Columbia 1930
Invano  CQ 150 WB 3336 

Edison Bell, London?
Si (Mascagni): I tasti saltellanti in fila with Amelia Armolli X549 X1829
Si (Mascagni): M'amassi tu with Amelia Armolli X549 X1830

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Jan 8, 2017

Anna De Revers (Soprano) (Vilnius, Lithuania 1880 - ?)

She was born into polish family. She studied singing in Warsaw and continued her education in Italy under Crisp. Her Italian debut was happened in 1900 at the Teatro Sociale of Colorno in ‘’Maria di Rohan’’. In 1928 she went to USA.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 07 Colorno Teatro Sociale Maria dI Rohan (Maria)
1902 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Aida (Aida)
1903 01 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Boheme (Mimi)
1905 01/02 Cagliari Teatro Civico Ernani (Elvira)
1906 01 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1908 01 Syra Teatro Apollo Aida (Aida)
1910 Caracas Teatro Municipal Trovatore (Leonora)
1912 Mantova Teatro Sociale Ernani (Elvira)
1916 Melbourne Teatro Princess Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1917 Auckland His Majesty's Tosca (Tosca)
1919 Costantinopoli Teatro Noveau  Trovatore (Leonora)


Favorite, Verona
Faust (Gounod): Morte di Valentino with Ernesto Badini Laura Mellerio 
Ernani (Verdi): Ernani involami 1-36068
Traviata (Verdi) Prendi questa è l'immagine with Mario Matroiani, Attilio Giuliani & Ernesto Badini Favorite 2-39025

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Dec 10, 2016

Berthe Lowelly (Soprano) (Paris, France 1884 - ?)

Originally she wanted to become violinist for which she studied until M. Berthelier at the Conservatoire National de Paris until her singing voice was discovered. She began vocal training Mme Pierron-Danbé and made her debut in 1908 at the Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique in Paris as Anna in "La Dame blanche" of Boieldieu. Her appearance was so successful, that she was engaged by this theater to perform next three seasons. Here among other things her repertoire included Lucia di Lammermoor, Queen Marguerite in ‘’Huguenots’’, Françoise in ‘’L'Attaque du moulin’’, parts in ‘’Quo vadis?’’, ‘’La Vivandière’’ and ‘’L'Africaine’’. She married the baritone Raymond Boulogne who also appeared at the Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique. After successful appearances in Toulouse and Aix-les-Bains she joned in 1913 to the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where she had a shining debut as Philine in ‘’Mignon’’. She remained at this opera house many seasons and guested among other things in 1924 at the Opera House in Ghent as Marguerite de Valois in ‘’Huguenots’’. After her retirement she worked as pedagogue in Paris.

Chronology of some appearances

1908-1911 Paris Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique
1913 Paris Opéra-Comique
1924 Ghent Opera House 


Edison 2-min cylinder, Paris 1908?
Fille du Régiment (Donizetti): Salut à la France 18033
Noces de Jeannette (Massé): Cours mon aiguille 18053

Edison 4-min cylinder, Paris 1909?
Manon (Massenet): Je suis encore tout étourdie 17037 BA 27029
Rigoletto (Verdi): Air de Gilda 17062 BA 27050

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Dec 9, 2016

Iris Adami Corradetti (Soprano) (Milano 14. 3. 1903 - Padova 26. 6. 1998)

She studied singing under her mother Bice Adami, a famous soprano. Her father was also very popular baritone Ferruccio Corradetti. She made her debut in 1927 at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milano as Rosalina in F. Vittadini’s opera ‘’Anima allegra’’. She retired from the stage in 1948. She became a highly respected vocal pedagogue. First she taught in Trieste, then since 1959 she was as a professor of the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, last in Padua. She was among other things the teacher of Katia Ricciarelli, Margherita Roberti and Katharina Ikonomou.

Chronology of some appearances

1926 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Anima allegra (Carolita)
1927 Milano La Scala Sly (Rosalina) (Debut)
1929 Milano La Scala The Tale of Tsar Saltan di N. Rimsky-Korsakov (-) (Premiere)
1931 Milano La Scala Bacco in Toscana M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco (-) (Premiere)
1931 Milano La Scala La Notte di Zoraima di I. Montemezzi (-) (Premiere)
1936 Milano La Scala Il Campiello di E. Wolf-Ferrari (Lucieta) (Premiere)
1938 Milano La Scala Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)
1939 Roma Opera Monte Ivnor (-) di L. Rocca (Premiere)
1942 Firenze Teatro Comunale Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)


Cetra, 1940-05-24 
Lodoletta (Mascagni): Flammen, perdonami CC2174 CB20265
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Un bel dì, vedremo CC2174 CB20265

Cetra, 1940-05-29?

Francesca da Rimini (Zandonai): Paolo, datemi pace TI7014 50499

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Siegfried Adler (Tenor) (Kosova Hora, Czech Republic 21. 2. 1873 – ?)

He was born into a jewish family. First he was active as an officer, then he studied singing under Wallerstein in Prague and continued his education with Kroupa in Munich. In 1893 he made his debut at the Theater in Pilsen as Manrico in ‘’Trovatore’’,  then  in the 1894-1895 season he sang at the Municipal Theater in Ulm. From 1895 to 1897 he appeared at the Theater in Teplice, in the 1897-1898 season made guest appearances at the Theater in Vienna, where completely sang operetta repertoire. From there he joined to the Munich Theater (1898-1901). In the 1901-1903 seasons he was a soloist of the Berlin West Theater, where he was to be heard again in opera parts. In 1903-04 he performed at the Municipal Theater of Frankfurt a. M., in the 1904-1905 season he sang at the New Operetta Theater of Hamburg. In the 1907-1908 season he made guest appearances at the Rembrandt-Theater in Amsterdam, in the 1909-1910 season at the Apollo-Theater in Vienna, 1910-1911 season again at the Theater in Vienna. During of Russia tour he joined to the Viennese operetta ensemble. Numerous guest performances followed in German and Austrian operetta stages, for a short time he appeared at the theater in Wroclaw. Then he lived in Munich and undertook guest performances. His repertoire included Tamino in ‘’Zauberflöte’’, Wilhelm Meister in ‘’Mignon’’, Bellamy in ‘’Glöckchen des Eremiten’’, Lohengrin and many other parts. It's unknown where he died. He made a few records for Edison, Kalliope and Gramophone, which are very rare.

Chronology of some appearances

1893 Pilsen Theater
1894-1895 Ulm Municipal Theater
1895-1897 Teplice Theater
1897-1898 Vienna Theater
1898-1901 Munich Theater
1901-1903 Berlin West Theater   
1903-1904 Frankfurt a. M. Municipal Theater
1904-1905 Hamburg  New Operetta Theater
1907-1908 Amsterdam  Rembrandt-Theater
1909-1910 Vienna Apollo-Theater
1910-1911 Vienna Theater


Edison 2-min cylinder, Berlin 1905
Verlorenes Glück (Sprohwacker) 12253

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Bice Adami (Soprano) (Sandona 1875 - Padova 1969)

From an early age she came to Argentina and studied in Buenos Aires with the pedagogue Stiattesi. She made her debut in 1896 at Politeama Argentino of Buenos Aires in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ and ‘’Pagliacci’’. Already in 1898 she was engaged to sing in the italian opera in Amsterdam. She appeared there in ‘’Pagliacci’’, ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’ and ‘’Manon Lescaut’’. In Netherlands she met her husband, the baritone Ferruccio Corradetti. After the turn of the twenth century Adami sang primarily in Italian opera houses, among other things in Trieste, Venice, Catania and Rome. She sang also in the premiere of P. Mascagni’s ‘’Le Maschere’’ (Rome. Teatro Costanzi, 1901). After her retirement, she lived as a pedagogue in Padua and Alba Damonte belonged to her pupils. Her daughter, Iris Adami-Corradetti, was known as a successful opera singer.

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Buenos Aires Politeama Argentino Cavalleria rusticana (Santuzza)
1901 Rome Teatro Costanzi Le Maschere (Colombina)
1903  Venezia Teatro Fenice Cendrillon (Cendrillon)
1905 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Boheme (Musetta)
1908 Sassari Politeama Verdi Adriana Lecouvreur (Adriana)
1910 Castiglione delle Stiviere Teatro Sociale Tosca (Tosca)
1916 Milano Teatro Carcano Adriana Lecouvreur (Adriana)


Berliner, Milano 1901-07
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with Giovanni Cesarani 54511 3261a

Berliner, Milano 1899-07
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Voi lo sapete 53163 2681
Faust  (Gounod): Aria die Gioielli 53165 2700
Educande di Sorrento (Usiglio):  Un bacio rendimi with Ferruccio Corradetti  54120 2886
Bohème (Puccini) Quando me'n vo' 53117 3349a

Odeon, Milano 1905/1906
Boheme (Puccini): Mimi pinson 7122  M398
Boheme (Puccini): Valzer di Musetta 37309 xM 399
Traviata (Verdi): Dite alla giovine with Ferruccio  Corradetti 37210 Xm446

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