Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnack (Tenor) (Duboutz, Ukraine 24. 7. 1895 † Munich, Germany 23. 1. 1960)





His real name was Orest Rusnak. He was of Ukrainian descent and took part in the First World War as an officer of the Austrian-Hungarian army. In 1917 he fell into Russian war. Here he excited sensation singing Ukrainian songs in camp evenings. After his dismissal he began in 1918 his education under Eugene Fuchs in Prague. He made his debut in 1923 at the Municipal Theater of Olmütz (Olomouc) as Rodolfo in ‘’La Bohème’’. In the 1924-1926 seasons he appeared at the Municipal Theater in Königsberg, from 1926 to 1927 at the Municipal Theater of Szczecin. After additional education with Jacques Stückgold in Berlin and with Lari in Milan he became a soloist of the Municipal Theater of Chemnitz (1928-1930). In the 1930-1931 season he was engaged by the Municipal Theater of Graz. Since 1931 he was a principal tenor of the Munich State Opera and started to appear under the name Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnak. He formed his artistic name Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnak from the name of his favorite hero, the Rudolf  in ‘’La Bohème’’ and the family name of his wife Elisabeth Gerlach. Till 1937 he remained a member of the Munich Opera, where he also performed in the premiere of the opera ‘’Lucedia’’ by Vittorio Giannini (1934). In 1938 he made guest appearance at the Vienna State Opera. In the 1941-1942 season he was engaged by the Municipal Theater in Bremen, in the 1942-1944 seasons he was a soloist of the  Municipal Theater in Innsbruck. In 1945 he joined again to the Munich Opera. After a cardiac infarction in 1946 he remained ill, however, undertook in the 1956-1957 season again a tour through Canada and the USA.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Olmütz Municipal Theater
1924-1926 Königsberg Municipal Theater
1926-1927 Szczecin Municipal Theater
1928-1930 Chemnitz Municipal Theater
1930-1931 Graz Municipal Theater
1931-1945 Munich State Opera

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HMV/Electrola, Berlin 1932-10-06
Trovatore (Verdi): Dass nur für mich dein Herz erbebt EG2636 (60-2068)
Trovatore (Verdi): Lodern zum Himmel (w. chorus) EG2636 (60-2069)
Tosca (Puccini): Und es blitzen die Sterne EG2637 (60-2070)
Tosca (Puccini): Wie sich die Bilder gleichen EG2637 (60-2071)

HMV/Electrola, Berlin 1932-10-31
Postillon de Longjumeau (Adam): Freunde, vernehmet die Geschichte EH811 (62-1017)
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Ha, welch ein reizendes Bild (Plus blanche) EG2698 (60-2154)
Martha (Flotow): Ach so fromm EH811 (62-1017)
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Wunderbares Land EG2698 (60-2155)

HMV/Electrola, Berlin 1933-09-28
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Du meiner Väter Hütte (Asile héréditaire) EG2886 (60-2412)
Fra Diavolo (Auber): Dorina, jene Kleine so jung und schön EG2887 (60-2414)
Alessandro Stradella (Flotow): Horch', Liebchen, horch' (Ständchen) EG2886 (60-2413)
Alessandro Stradella (Flotow): Tief in den Abruzzen EG2887 (60-2415)

HMV/Electrola, Berlin 1933-10-19
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön EG2910 (60-2448)
Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): Ich höre wie im Traume EG2910 (60-2449)


HMV/Electrola, Berlin 1933-10-20
Favorite (Donizetti): Engel so rein EG2911
Aida (Verdi): Einne Heerschaft tapferer Männer...Holde Aida EH849 (62-1065)
Bohème (Puccini): Wie eiskalt ist dies Händchen EH849 (62-1064)


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Blanche Hamilton Fox (Mezzo-Soprano) (Boston, USA ? - ?)





Born Blanche Hamilton Fox. She was a leading mezzo-soprano of the Boston Opera. First she studied at the Academy of Notre Dame in Rosbury, then continued her education at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Probably she made her debut in 1906 at the Teatro Cressoni of Como in G. Donizetti’s ‘’Favorita’’. In Italy she appeared on the stages as Bianca Volpini and made only two recordings there for Odeon.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Como Teatro Cressoni  Favorita (Leonora)
1907 Pisa Politeama Aida (Amneris)
1908 MantovaTeatro Sociale  Stagione
1909 New York Academy of Music Teatro Princess Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)

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Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1906-01-01
Il trovatore (Verdi): Stride la vampa! 37429 xM 791
Il trovatore (Verdi): Giorni poveri vivea 37444 xM 792


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Mathilde Saïman (Soprano) (Algiers 9 December 1891– Paris September 1940)




In 1914 she made her debut at the Paris Opéra-Comique in G. Charpentier's ‘’Louise’’ and remained at this opera house during the following seasons. In 1915 she appeared as Pierre in the première of the opera ‘’Les cadeaux de Noël’’ by X. Leroux. Two years later she performed there in the French premiere of A. Messager's ‘’Béatrice’’ (as Lélia, 1917). In 1923 she sang at the Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique of Paris in ‘’Quo vadis?’’ by Jean Nouguès.

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Paris Opéra-Comique Louise (Grisette)
1915 Paris Opéra-Comique Les cadeaux de Noël (Pierre)
1917 Paris Opéra-Comique Béatrice (Lélia)
1923 Paris Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique Quo vadis

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Pathé, Paris 1917?
Manon (Massenet): Adieu, notre petite table 0168 3083 
Fille du Régiment (Donizetti): Salut à la France 0168 3084


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dolorès de Silvera (Contralto)




In 1920's she appeared at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Probably she had a short career. She made a few records for Columbia.

Chronology of some appearances

1921 Théâtre du Châtelet Concerts Colonne
1924 Paris Opéra-Comique Werther (Charlotte)

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Columbia, Paris 1928-02-25
Werther (Massenet): Larmes D12043 L934
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix D12043 L1190


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Marius Jørn-Nielsen (Tenor) (Denmark, Copenhagen 20. 5. 1881 - Denmark, Copenhagen 8. 11. 1934)




The Son of butter trader he studied singing under Poul Bang. He made his debut at the Royal Danish Opera House on 17. 01. 1909 as Turridu  in "Cavalleria Rusticana". Later he sang here the part of Don José in "Carmen", Canio in "Pagliacci" and Faust. In the 1912-1913 season he appeared at the ‘’Casino’’. From 1923 he worked at the Royal Danish Opera House as reserve prompter. During his career he also sang in operettas.

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Copenhagen Royal Danish Opera House
1912-1913 Copenhagen Casino


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Dansk Fonograf Magasin - Pathé cylinders & discs, København 1910?
Carmen (Bizet): Don José's romance 100893

Columbia
Bohème (Puccini): Saa kold den lille haand er D8036


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Manuel Romero Malpica (Baritone) (Puebla City, Mexico 10. 05.1874 - Mexico City, Mexico 1939)





First he studied with his father José Romero Malpica, who was the director of military bands and with his mother, actress and an opera singer. He continued his vocal training under Lion and Carnelli and on January 29, 1902 made his debut in G. Verdi’s ‘’Il Trovatore’’ at the Teatro María Guerrero of his hometown. He appeared in Mexico until 1905 and the next year went to USA. He became a member of several opera companies, included Boston Opera Company and San Carlo Opera Company. Later he appeared in Italy, France and Spain, made successful guest appearances in Central and South America. He returned to Mexico, where continued his career. In 1938 he sang the part of Rigoletto at the Palacio de Bellas Artes  in Mexico City. Shortly before his death he made his final appearance Teatro María Guerrero, where he and started his career. He was called ‘’Mexican Titta Ruffo’’. He could sing also parts of tenor, which he once done by replacing tenor Agnadi in USA. He made records for Columbia, Victor and Edison.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Puebla Teatro María Guerrero Trovatore (Count di Luna)
1914 Mississippi Greenwood Theatre Faust (Valentine)
1914 Ashland Vining Theatre Faust (Valentine)
1938 Puebla Teatro María Guerrero Rigoletto (Rigoletto)

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Victor, 1907-07-22
No lo diré (A. Pacheco) 62277-B
Mi morenita mía (Cancion) 62348-A

Columbia, Mexico City 1908-9
Perjura (Lerdo de Tejada) C 300 5851 

Edison 4-min cylinders, Spain? 1910?
La Bruja (Chapí): Jota (w. Jiménez) 22019
El Puñao de Rosas (Chapí): Dúo (w. Herrera) 22033


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Ferdinando Avedano (Tenor/Baritone) (Cuneo, Italia 1863 - San Francisco, USA after 1915)




He studied singing at the Liceo Musicale in Torino and made his debut in 1890 at Teatro Comunale of Vicenza as Pollione in ‘’Norma’’. In 1899 he went to USA and became a famous dramatic tenor, often appearing with Gaudenzio Salassa, a fine baritone. Probably in 1906 he changed to baritone, but mostly appeared in concerts. After his retirement,  he taught singing in San Francisco and often organized concerts of his pupils. He made a few records for Edison.


Chronology of some appearances

1890 Vicenza Teatro Comunale Norma (Pollione)
1891 Genova Politeama Genovese Due Foscari (Jacopo)
1893 Palermo Politeama Norma (Pollione)
1895 Milano Teatro Alhambra Trovatore (Manrico)
1898 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Aida (Radames)
1904 San Francisco Alhambra Theater Concert
1909 San Francisco Turner Hall Concert (Sang Si puo? from ‘’Pagliacci’’)
1912 San Francisco Concert of his pupils

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Edison 4-min cylinder
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell'amore with Oddo, Martinez & Colombati 7502 BA 22423
























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Thursday, June 15, 2017

M. J. Amani (Baritone)



Baryton du Théâtre royal d'Anvers


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Columbia
Le Pardon de Ploermel (Meyerbeer): Romance de Hoël D14210 LX159
Mireille (Gounod): Air d'Ourrias  D14210 LX160



















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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nelly Martyl (Soprano) (1884 - 1953)




Born Nelly Adèle Anny Martin. She studied singing at the Conservatoire National de Paris under Martini and Isnardon. In 1906 she won a price and made her debut in 1907 at the Grand Opéra in Paris as Naiade in ‘’Armide’’ of Gluck. Then she sang there the part of Rafaële in ‘’Patrie’’ by Paladilhe and also appeared in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Catalane’’ of Le Borne (24. 5. 1907). In 1909 she joined to the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Here she sang many parts and performed also in several premieres.  In 1912 she participated there in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Sorcière’’ by Camille Erlanger (as Juana). Her repertoire included Rosenn in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’ of E. Lalo, Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’, Sophie in ‘’Werther’’ of J. Massenet, Fatima in ‘’Le Caïd’’ of A. Thomas, Laurette in ‘’Richard Coeur-de-Lion’’ of Grétry, Cupid in ‘’Orpheus’’ of Gluck and Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’. Beyond the French metropolis she appeared also in French provincial theaters and made guest appearances at the Opéra Monte-Carlo (among other things in 1922 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Amadis’’ of J. Massenet) and undertook a tour through Romania. Married the known painter Georges Scott Plagnolles (1873-1942).

Chronology of some appearances

1907 Paris  Grand Opéra
1909 Paris  Opéra-Comique

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Gramophone, Paris  13-7-11
Mireille (Gounod): O Magali, ma bien-aimée with E. Tirmont 034106 01992v


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Niny Roussel (Soprano)


                                                                 with Yvonne Brothier


In 1920's she appeared with success at the Paris Opera-Comique.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Paris Opera-Comique Lakmé (Lakmé) with Miguel Villabella, Julien Lafont and Andre Goavec
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Le barbier de Séville  (Rosina) with Maurice Capitaine, M. Guenot, M. Bourbey and M. Vigneau
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Mireille (Mireille) with M. Farini, M. Vigneau and M. Guenot
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Carmen (Micaela) with M. Marcelin, M. Vigneau and Lyse Charny
1931 Paris Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique Ciboulette (Ciboulette) opérette by Robert dc Flers and Francis de Croisset

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Pathé, Paris 1929?
Lakmé (Delibes): Air des clochettes 7176 N201650
Mireille (Gounod): Valse 7176 N201650


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Monday, March 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

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He made four published records

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Fonotipia, Milano 1913-01-01

Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari) Bacio di lama Fonotipia 110373 xM 1805


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Madeleine Sibille (Paris, France February 25, 1895 – Paris, France July 19, 1984)




She studied under Engel in Paris and made her debut in 1919 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. For more than twenty years she remained a member of this opera house and had her most important success in dramatic repertoire. At the Opéra-Comique she appeared in several operatic premieres: ‘’Lorenzaccio’’ of Ernest Moret (19. 5. 1920),  ‘’L'Appel de la Mer’’ by Henri Rabaud (10. 4. 1924), ‘’Le pauvre matelot’’ of Darius Milhaud (16. 12. 1927), ‘’Le Peau de Chagrin’’ by Charles Lavadé (24. 4. 1929). In 1939 still there she appeared as the first dramatic soprano. Her repertoire included Santuzza in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, Charlotte in ‘’Werther’’ of  J. Massenet, Carmen, Margared in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’ of E. Lalo and Tosca. Later she taught singing in Paris.

Chronology of some appearances

1919-1939 Paris Opéra-Comique

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Pathé, Paris 1926 - 1931
Tosca (Puccini): D'art et d'amour 0667 N201425-1-R
Roi d'Ys (Lalo): Air de Margared 7150 N201291-1
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Romance de Santuzza 7150 N201290-1
Thérèse (Massenet): Jour de juin 3411 N201971-A-1
Carmen (Bizet): Habanera 7133
Marche Lorraine (Ganne) 3454 N202410
Roi d'Ys (Lalo): Margared, ô ma soeur with Vallin 7233
Roi d'Ys (Lalo): En silence, pourquoi souffrir with Vallin 7233
Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): Barcarolle with Vallin 2622

Pathé, Paris 1932-07
Fille de Mme Angot (Lecocq): Jours fortunés with Ninon Vallin X90058 250286-MC1

Pathé, Paris 1932?
Bohème (Puccini): Quatuor, act 3 with Vallin, Villabella & Baugé X90056 N250274


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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

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Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovksy) Więc gdzie, więc gdzie


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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

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


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