Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Friday, May 31, 2013

Vittorio Fullin (Tenor) (Pola 1895 - ?)

He studied singing under Mandolini and made his debut at Politeama of Livorno as Pollione in ‘’Norma’’. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in ‘’Aida’’. It has happened in 1925. He sang the role of Radames at the Metropolitan Opera also in 1927. He retired from the stage approximately in 1940.

The new tenor, tall and thickset of build, ample of voice, and routined in action, did not altogether conceal his nervousness, which may have had something to do with traces of tightness and with his changing to a meaningless long "A" vowel, the final word on which occurs the high B Flat of this taxing air. Yet it was smooth and attractive singing and disclosed a voice of good volume and of musical quality. Later, in the Nile Scene, Mr. Fullin sang very attractive phrases and was generally quite successful with his music, despite a little of hoarseness on his top notes. There was every indication that Generalissimo Gatti-Casazza will be able to make good use of him in meeting the manifold requirements of the operatic repertoire.

He made ten records for Fonotipia

Chronology of some appearances

1921 Livorno Politeama Norma (Pollione)
1923 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)            
1925 Venezia  Teatro Malibran Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo)   
1927 New York Teatro Metropolitan Pagliacci (Canio)
1930 Venezia  Teatro Malibran Gioconda (Enzo)
1932 Modena  Teatro Municipale Otello (Otello)
1934 Torino Eiar Pagliacci (Canio)
1938 'S-Gravenhage Gebouw Voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen Otello (Otello)


Fonotipia, Milano 1927-10-18
Ernani (Verdi): Qual rumore with Giuseppe Nessi, Giulio Fregosi, Aristide Baracchi, Antonio Righetti, Tina Poli-Randaccio and Ida Mannarini 120071 XXPh6061
Ernani (Verdi): O sommo Carlo w with Giuseppe Nessi, Giulio Fregosi, Aristide Baracchi, Antonio Righetti, Tina Poli-Randaccio and Ida Mannarini 120071 XXPh6062

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-01-10
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba  168145 Pho6093

Monday, May 27, 2013

Eugenia Lopez Nuñes (Mezzo-Soprano) (Livorno 1883 - ?)

She made the debut in 1904 at Politeama Verdi of Carrara as Maddalena in ‘’Rigoletto’’. Since 1905 she appeared in different bigger theaters in the Italian province, thus in 1909 in the Teatro Regio of Parma as an Erda in ‘’Siegfried’’ and in Donizetti’s ‘’Maria de Rohan’’. At the height of her career she went in 1920 to Germany, married there and now appeared under the name Eugenie Heilbrunn. Still in 1932 she made under this name Ultraphon records on which she sings in German. Because she was a Jew, she had to finish her career (and probably also her stay) in Germany after 1933, however, nothing was to be brought about her other destiny up to now in experience.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Carrara Politeama Verdi Rigoletto (Maddalena)
1908 Alessandria Teatro Verdi Ballo in Maschera (Ulrica)
1909 Rimini Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Wally (Afra)
1910 Siena Teatro Della Lizza Zanetto (Zanetto)
1911 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Ballo in Maschera (Ulrica)


USA, Victor 1910-04-11
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Madrigale  45015-B

Edison 2-min cylinders
Trovatore (Verdi): Si, la stanchezza m'opprime Unpubl. 44560

Columbia, Milano 1914?
Faust (Gounod): Allor che lieve ebbrezza with  Gaetano Tommasini & Vincenzo Bettoni D4517 42063
Faust (Gounod): Permettereste a me with Gilda Dalla Rizza & Gaetano Tommasini D4517 42064
Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti): Per sua madre D4470  41899   
Aida (Verdi): Vieni sul crin E 1988 41988      
Aida (Verdi): O tu che sei d'Osiride with Vincenzo Bettoni E2025 41987

Jean (Iwan) Iwanzoff (Baritone) (? 1880 - ?)


He studied singing in St. Petersburg under N. Spasski, who trained him as bass. He took vocal lessons also from R. Nuvel-Nordi. From 1912 to 1916 he sang at the St. Petersburg Musical Drama and at the National House (1913—18). Appeared also in Moscow. In 1919 Iwanzoff went to Germany and during the 1920’s made guest appearances in Paris (Grand Opera, 1921), Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona (1921, 1922), on italian cities, Washington, D.C., New York. In 1930’s Iwanzoff lived in USA, where he started to sing with success as tenor in ‘’The Queen of Spades’’ of  P. Tchaikovsky and in other operas.

Chronology of some appearances

1912-1916 St. Petersburg Musical Drama 
1913—1918 St. Petersburg National House  


Gramophone, St Petersburg 1913-10-23
Tosca (Puccini): Se la giurata 4-22624 18014b

VoxBerlin 1922-09?
Traviata (Verdi) Di Provenza 03175 591A
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) Largo al factotum 03175 590A
Ballo in maschera (Verdi) Eri tu 03276 595A
Aida (Verdi) Anch'io pugnai 03276 594A
Africaine (Meyerbeer) Dir Königin (It) 03226 705A
Africaine (Meyerbeer) Hei! Adamastor (It) 03226 706A
Otello (Verdi): Credo in un dio crudel 03165 586A
Faust (Gounod):  Dio possente 03165 587A
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Finch'han dal vino 03227
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Deh vieni alla finestra 03227
Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): Del tempio al limitar with Bjørn Talén 04024 613A 
Bohème (Puccini): Ah, Mimì with Bjørn Talén 04024 614A

Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Bjørn Talén 07002A
Otello (Verdi):  Si, pel ciel with  Bjørn Talén 07002B

Domenico Viglione Borghese (Baritone) (Mondovi 1877 – Milan 1957)


He studied at the Conservatorio Rossini in Pesaro and under Antonio Cotogni in Rome. He made his debut in 1899 at the Teatro Verdi as the King's Herald in ''Lohengrin''. during of two years he sang in different Italian stages and in 1901 emigrated to North America. Then in San Francisco he lived as a railroad worker and docker, nevertheless, took wide singing lessons. On a recommendation of Enrico Caruso impresario Scognamillo engaged there him in his opera troup, which also belonged Luisa Tetrazzini and with which he travelled in the 1905-06 season Mexico, the Caribbean islands, the Antilles and Venezuela. During this tour he had big success. Then he returned in 1906 to Italy. Here he debuted in 1907 at the the Teatro Regio of Parma as Amonasro in ''Aida'' since then he performed in the big Italian stages with great success. He sang regularly at La Scala and at the Teatro Costanzi of Rome, where he also appeared in 1910 in the premiere of  Leoncavallo's ''Maia''. In 1914 he appeared at the Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa in the Italian première of E. Wolf  Ferrari's ''I Gioielli della Madonna''. In 1913 he sang at the Teatro Reale of Madrid, in 1914 at the Arena di Verona. Still during the 1930's he appeared in the Italian broadcasting company and guested in the Italian opera houses of Turin and Palermo. His star role was the Jack Rance in Puccini's opera ''La Fanciulla del West''. Puccini called him jokingly 'Il principe degli sceriffi'. In 1919 he guested at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. He also appeared as a guest in Paris and Warsaw. In 1925 he appeared at the Teatro Regio, Turin in the Italian première of Rimsky-Korssakov's 'The golden cock''. Still in 1938 he has appeared as a guest at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels. His repertoire enclosed more than 70 roles. Only in 1940 he retired from the stage and then lived as a pedagogue in Milan. His repertoire was basically Verdi and verismo. The voice was really good, with an sickly sweet timbre, but also powerful and imperious, as needed. A true dramatic baritone. However, his technique is not really as refined as Battistini's or some other baritones we have already discussed in the thread. More like the verismo school. Instead of singing the aria, sometimes he just battled it to submission.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Caracas Teatro Municipal Boheme (Marcello)
1907 San Paolo Politeama Boheme (Marcello)
1909 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1909 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Boheme (Marcello)
1909 Valparaiso  Teatro Victoria Boheme (Marcello)
1909 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Coliseo Carmen (Ecamilio)
1912 Budapest Volgsopera Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
1913 Treviso  Teatro Sociale Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
1915 Madrid  Teatro Reale Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1916 Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Amica (Rinaldo)
1918 Firenze Teatro Della Pergola Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1918 Brescia  Teatro Sociale Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
1919 Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1921 Reggio Emilia  Teatro Municipale Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1923  Il Cairo  Teatro Khediviale Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1924 Torino  Teatro Regio Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1926 Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1927 Milano  Teatro Carcano Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1928 Bologna  Teatro Comunale Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1930 Milano  Teatro La Scala Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1932  Genova  Teatro Carlo Felice Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1935 Milano  Teatro Lirico Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1937 Bologna  Teatro Del Corso Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1939  Brescia  Teatro Grande Fanciulla del West (Rance)
1940 Milano  Teatro Lirico Fanciulla del West (Rance)


Fonotipia Milano, 03-12-09
Herodiade (Massenet):  Visione fuggitiva 92646 xPh 4221   
Gioconda (Ponchielli) : O monumento 92650 xPh 4222     
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Son sessant'anni 92647 XPh4218

Fonotipia Milano, 04-12-09
Tosca (Puccini): Ha piu forte sapore la conquista violenta 92645 xPh 4217      
Vill (Puccini):  Anima santa 92649 xPh 4220
Wally (Catalani):  Sei te che domandasti with Giannina Russ 92843 xPh 4225          
Wally (Catalani): L’Hagenbach qui with Giannina Russ 92844 xPh 4226     
Andrea Chénier (Giordano): Un dì m'era di gioia 92648 XPh4223

Fonotipia, Milano 1910-10-08
Thaïs (Massenet): Ecco dunque, l'orribil città 92781 XPh4362

Fonotipia, Milano 1910-10-11
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Mario Gilion  92663 XPh4367
Trovatore (Verdi): Tace la notte... Deserto sulla terra with Mario Gilion 92664 XPh4368

Fonotipia Milano, 11-10-10
Forza del Destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora  with Mario Gilion  92663 xPh 4367
Germania (Franchetti): Tu, m'eri innanzi 92671 xPh 4374       
Aida (Verdi): Di Napata le gole with Icilio Calleja, Ester Mazzoleni and  Laura del Lungo 92673 xPh 4366

Fonotipia Milano, 12-10-10
Germania (Franchetti): Ascolta, io moriro 92672 xPh 4370      
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): Ai miei rivali cedere 92783 xPh 4373      
Germania (Franchetti): Ferito, prigionier! 92782 XPh4372

Fonotipia Milano, 12-10-10
Thais (Massenet): O Alessandria! 92781 xPh 4362          
Germania (Franchetti): Ferito prigionier  92782 xPh 4372

London   -05-1911, Edison Unpubl.
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Alzati, la tua figlio…Eri tu 1146-A       

Polydor,  Germany 1924?
Rigoletto (Verdi): Pari siamo 72937
Carmen (Bizet): Con voi ber J 22036
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Pescatore Affonda L'esca J 22038  643AZ
Otello (Verdi): Credo J22044 675 AZ
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo):  Si puo? J 22045
Rigoletto (Verdi): Cortigiani vil razza 72937 641AZ
Zaza (Leoncavallo): Zaza, Piccola Zingara 72938
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Il cavallo scalpita 72941

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dolores Frau (Mezzo-Soprano) (Barcelona 1882- ? 1964)




She studied with the baritone Eugenio Laban and made her debut in 1905 at Bosque of Barcellona in ‘’Aida’’. She spent the period of the Great War in Greece where she perfomed on many Greek stages. After her withdraw, which happened in 1934, she devoted herself to teaching and Victoria De Los Angeles was her pupil. In 1908 the composer Attilio Morandi wanted to devote her the romance "Ave Spes".

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Venezia  Teatro Rossini Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)
1907 Lecce Politeama Principe di Napoli Aida (Amneris)
1910 Bogotà Teatro Colon Aida (Amneris)
1913 Forlì Teatro Comunale Lohengrin (Ortruda)
1915 Vicenza  Teatro Eretenio Carmen (Carmen)
1918 Salonicco Teatro Tour Blanche Favorita (Leonora)
1921 Malta Teatro Reale Stagione
1923 Novara Teatro Coccia Carmen (Carmen)
1926 Asti Teatro Alfieri Favorita (Leonora)
1931 Buenos Ayres Teatro Marconi Aida (Amneris)
1933 Buenos Ayres Teatro Marconi Aida (Amneris)


Edison 2-min cylinders, 1912?
Don Carlo (Verdi): O mia regina Unpubl. 44597

Favorita (Donizetti) O mio Fernando  J754
Trovatore (Verdi) Stride la vampa J750

Columbia, Milano 1912/1914?
Aida (Verdi): Quest'assisa ch'io vesto with Egidio Cunego, Cesare  Formichi, Lia Moglia and Giovanni  Martino  5566
Aida (Verdi) Finale Act II Part 2 with Giovanni Martino, Cesare  Formichi, Lia Moglia  and Egidio Cunego  D4415 11495
Aida (Verdi) Finale Act II Part 1 with Giovanni Martino, Cesare  Formichi, Lia Moglia  and Egidio Cunego 11494 D4415
Faust (Gounod): E che sempre sola with Angelo Bendinelli, Ida Cattorini and Giovanni Martino D5543 11446
Aida (Verdi): Gloria All'Egitto with Egidio Cunego, Lia Moglia and Giovanni Martino 11494

Ettore Brancaleoni (Bass) (Ferrara 1860 - ?)

He made his debut in 1883 at Tosi Borghi of Ferrara in ‘’Favorita’’. In 1903 he founded the Theatrical Association G.Verdi to represent some artists. He retired around 1910.

Chronology of some appearances

1884 Como Teatro Sociale Dolores di S.Auteri Manzocchi (Eremita)
1887 Chioggia Teatro Garibaldi L'Innominato di L.Taccheo (Innominato)
1892 Milano    Teatro La Scala Wally (Stromminger)
1895 Modena Teatro Storchi Lohengrin (Re Enrico)
1901 Milano    Teatro Lirico    Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio)
1904 Vicenza   Teatro Eretenio Manon (Conte)
1909 Crema    Teatro Sociale Adriana Lecouvreur (Principe)


Zonophone, Milano 1901-11/12
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): La calunnia X-184

Zonophone, Milano 1902-09?
Ernani (Verdi) Terzetto with Oreste Mieli & Ettore Brancaleoni X-1846
Ernani (Verdi): Infelice e tu credevi  X 1791               
Mignon (Thomas): Delsuo cuor calmai le pene X 1792 
Aria di chiesa (Stradella) X-1823

Zonophone, Milano 1902-03/04
Puritani (Bellini): Suoni la tromba with Giovanni Milani X-412

Columbia, Milano 1904?
Forza del destino (Verdi): Maledizione 10208



Saturday, May 25, 2013

Anafesto Rossi (Baritone) (Venice 1883 - Limbiate 1933)


He studied at the Liceo Musicale Benedetto Marcello of Venice, from where he graduated in 1902 as bass. Then additionally he trained at Saffo Bellincioni school under Lelio Casini and Schneider. Rossi made his debut in 1906 at the Sociale Broni in ‘’Traviata’’. He retired from the stage in 1926 and died at mental hospital.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Broni Teatro Sociale Traviata (Germont)
1909 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Forza Del destino (Carlo)
1913 Boston  Opera House Pagliacci (Tonio)
1915 Sanremo Teatro Del Casinò Manon Lescaut (Lescaut)
1920 Volterra Teatro Persio Flacco  Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1925 Trieste Teatro Verdi Gianni Schicchi (Schicchi)
1926 Cremona Teatro Ponchielli Gianni Schicchi (Schicchi)


Fonotipia, Milano 1923-06-23
Tabarro (Puccini): Scorri, fume eterno! 152564 Pho5352
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini): Si corre dal notaio 152565 Pho5353
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) Largo al factotum 74233 XXPh5351
Donna, vorei morir (Tosti) 152568 Pho5356
Falstaff (Verdi) Alfin t'ho colto with Carmen Roccabella 74234 XXPh5350
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) Si corre dal notaio 152565 Pho5353
La mia canzone (Tosti) 152569 Pho5358

Ivan Gryzunov (Baritone) (Moscow 1879 – Moscow 1919)



Trained as a church chorister he studied singing privately while employed in a bank. After a debut in operetta, he sang first with the opera company at the Solodovnikov Theatre in 1903 before joining the Bolshoi, where he sang in the seasons 1904-1915. In 1908-9 and 1915-17, he sang with the Zimin company, Moscow, as well as in recitals. In 1907 Gryzunov with great success appeared at La Scala.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 Moscow  Solodovnikov Theatre
1904-1915 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1908-1909 Moscow S. Zimin's Opera House
1915-1917 Moscow S. Zimin's Opera House


Gramophone, Moscow 22-1-10
Blow, blow, foul weather (Russian folksong) 4-22086 14126   
Christ is risen, Romance Romans Op 26 No 6 (Rakhmaninov) 4-22062 14125½b

Gramophone, Moscow 24-1-10
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Eugene Onegin: Should I decide on domesticity 022141 1916c
Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov): Song of the Varangian guest 022152   1917c
The Prisoner in the Caucasus: The sun was brightly shining in the sky 022153 1918c

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ines-Maria Ferraris (Soprano) (Turin 1882 – Milan 1971)


First she studied piano under Antonio Quartero in Turin and appeared already in 1894 publicly as a pianist. Then she also been active as an actress and as a concert singer. her debut as an opera singer occurred in 1908 in Bologna as Philine in ‘’Mignon’’ of A. Thomas. In 1911 she performed at La Scala (beginning role: Carolina in ‘’Il matrinonio segreto’’ of Cimarosa). In 1911 she sang at La Scala in the première  of  ‘’Der Rosenkavalier’’ of  Richard Strauss the role of Sophie. The same part brought her in 1914 to appear at  Rome Opera. At La Scala she appeared  also in 1913 as Colombina in ‘’Le donne curiose’’ of E. Wolf-Ferrari. Arturo Toscanini admired her voice very much. At the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires she sang in the première of E.Wolf-Ferrari’s ‘’Il segreto di Susanna’’, also in Verdi’s ‘’Ballo in Maschera’’ and in ‘’La Wally’’ of Catalani. In 1916 she made guest appearance at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo in ‘’Traviata’’, then in 1920 as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’, in  the 1920-21 season and in 1924 at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples. At La Scala she sang among other things in 1925 in ‘’Hansel and Gretel’’ and in 1927 in ‘’Rosenkavalier’’ of R. Strauss together with Spanish Mezzo-soprano Conchita Supervia with whom she was connected friendly. On 27.3.1917 she perfomed at the opera house of Monte Carlo in the premiere of Puccini’s ‘’La Rondine’’ as Lisetta. In 1924 she sang there in the premiere of Chabrier’s new opera  ‘’Une Éducation of manquée’’. Nevertheless, her career with her appearances reached the climax at La Scala After her retirement from the stage in 1934 she worked at the conservatory of Venice, then at the conservatory of Bologna and at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena; later she was active as a pedagogue in Milan.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Ascoli Piceno  Teatro Ventidio Basso Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1906 Trieste  Anfiteatro Minerva Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1906  Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Carmen (Micaela)
1906 Ascoli Piceno  Teatro Ventidio Basso Don Pasquale (Norina)
1907 Genova  Politeama Genovese Don Pasquale (Norina)
1908 Firenze  Teatro Verdi Don Pasquale (Norina)
1908 Lucera  Teatro Garibaldi Rigoletto (Gilda)
1909 Mogliano  Politeama Mafalda Don Pasquale (Norina)
1909 Pesaro  Teatro Rossini Don Pasquale (Norina)
1909 Bologna Teatro Verdi Mognon (Filina)
1910 Il Cairo Teatro Kedivhiale Loreley (Anna)
1912 Rovigo  Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1912 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Musetta)
1912 Brescia  Teatro Sociale Don Pasquale (Norina)
1913 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1913 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Loreley (Anna)
1914 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1914 Bologna  Teatro Verdi Boheme (Musetta)
1915 Forlì  Teatro Comunale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1915 Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1916 Udine  Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1919 Trieste  Politeama Rossetti Boheme (Musetta)
1924 Milano  Teatro La Scala Boheme (Musetta)
1925 Milano  Teatro La Scala Ballo in maschera (Oscar)


Columbia, Milano 1908?
Fra Diavolo (Santini): Quell'uom dal fiero aspetto with Angelo Santini C533 10725
Ernani (Verdi): Vieni meco with Michele De Padova and Cesare Preve D16253 74704
Ernani (Verdi): O sommo Carlo with Angelo Santini and Michele De Padova D16253 74705
Rigoletto (Verdi): Lassù in cielo with Michele De Padova 10739 D428
Rigoletto (Verdi): Sì, vendetta with Michele De Padova 10733 C522

Columbia, Milano 1914?
Complete Carmen (Bizet) with Luigi Bolis, Fanny Anitua and Cesare Formichi
Complete Rigoletto (Verdi) with Giuseppe Taccani, Cesare Formichi and Vincenzo Bettoni

Fonotipia, Milano 1926-04-02
Ballo in maschera: La rivedro with Aureliano Pertile, Luisa Bertana, Antonio Righetti, Cesare Baromeo & chorus 74973 xxPh 5680
Ballo in maschera: E scherzo with Aureliano Pertile, Luisa Bertana, Antonio Righetti, Cesare Baromeo & chorus 74974 xxPh 5666

Fonotipia, Milano 1928-06-20
Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck): Dance duet, pt 1, pt 2 with Conchita  Supervia 120166 xxPh6328
Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck): Dance duet pt 2 with Conchita  Supervia 120166 xxPh6329

HMV, Milano
Mai Pu, Mai Pu (G Pascoli/G Farina) 100-2432

Odeon, Milano
Rondine (Puccini): Chi il bel sogno di Doretta  B15002 Mo3411


Eleonora De Cisneros (Mezzo-Soprano) (New York 1878 – New York 1934)


Born in New York City as Eleanora Broadfoot, she received her earliest education at St. Agnes Seminary in Brooklyn. She studied singing under Mme. Murio Celli in New York, and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1899. In 1901 she married Count François G. de Cisneros, a Cuban journalist. Between 1900 and 1906 she sang in more than 40 operatic roles in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Lisbon, Vienna, St. Petersburg, London, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Melbourne. In 1907 she was Oscar Hammerstein's leading mezzo soprano at the Manhattan Opera House, New York. In 1910 she joined the Chicago Opera Company. During World War I she was a major promoter of liberty bonds.

Chronology of some appearances

Amneris 1/20/1911, 1/27/1911, Azucena 1/28/1911, Amneris 2/15/1911, Azucena 2/27/1911, Amneris 3/4/1911, role unknown 3/25/1911, Brangäne 2/23/1912, Ortrud 2/29/1912, Amneris 3/8/1912, Ortrud 3/15/1912, Brangäne 3/22/1912, Amneris 3/25/1912, 10/31/1912, 11/8/1912, 11/11/1912, La reine Gertrude 11/13/1912, 11/19/1912, Brangäne 11/20/1912, Fricka 2/13/1913, Marion 2/21/1913, 2/24/1913, 2/25/1913, Ortrud 12/10/1921, 12/1/1922 (in Filadelfia)


Pathé, Milano 1907?
Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri monti with Carlo Albani  84512
Aida (Verdi): Ah, tu de' vivere with Carlo Albani 84514

Edison, New York 1913?
Carmen (Bizet): All'udir del sistro il suon 82520          
Semiramede (Rossini): Ah, quel giorno 82521  

Columbia, New York 1914-10/11
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Nobil signori A5626 37078

Pathe, New York 1916?
Walküre (Wagner): Ho-jo-to-ho 59016 025073A
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Wachtlied 59016 025073B
Faust (Gounod): Faites-lui mes aveux 62009    


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Margherita Simonetti (Soprano)

She studied in Paris under Blanche Marchesi and made her debut in 1906 at the Politeama Corino of Alba in Donizetti’s ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’.

Chronolgy of appearance

1906 Alba Politeama Corino Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia)


HomokordBerlin 1907-
Traviata (Verdi): Aria  1471
Rigoletto (Verdi): Caro nome  1472
Mignon (Thomas): Io son Titania 1475

HomokordBerlin 1907-03-20
Villanella (dell'Acqua) 1473

HomokordBerlin 1907-05-16
Traviata (Verdi): Sempre libera 1477

Traviata (Verdi) Un dì felice eterea with Salvatore Giordano 2156
Carmen (Bizet) Mia madre vedo ancora with Salvatore Giordano 2155
Traviata (Verdi) Parigi o cara with Salvatore Giordano 2157

Homokord, Milano 1913-02-01
Rigoletto (Verdi): Il sol dell'anima with Mario Matroiani 2341
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere  with Mario Matroiani 2338