Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Elza Szamosi (Soprano) (Budapest 1884 – Budapest 1924)

Her real name was Elza Szamek. She was a pupil of the pedagogue Quirino Merli. In 1904 she sang at the Budapest National Opera the role of Dalila in the première of the opera ‘’Samson et Dalila’’of Saint-Saëns and had a shining success. The next year in this opera house she appeared as Carmen. Already in 1906 she began to take over soprano parts; thus she sang in 1906 at the Budapestpremière in Puccini’s ‘’Madama Butterfly’’ in the title role. In 1904 and 1905 she was staying at the Vienna  Court Opera. In 1906 she took part in a tour through North Americawith the Savage Opera Company. In 1906 with this opera troupe she appeared in the première of Puccini’s ‘’Madama Butterfly’’ also in North America and Washington. Her last big role which she interpreted in Budapestwas the Martha in ‘’Tiefland’’of E. d'Albert. Already in 1913 she retired from the stage.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Budapest National Opera Samson et Dalila (Dalila)
1905 Budapest National Opera Carmen (Carmen)


Da Capo, Budapest 1908?
Carmen (Bizet): Habanera 3604

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