Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Theodore (Tobia, Vito) Kittay (Tenor) (near St. Petersburg 1887 - USA 1965)

                                                       with Giacomo Puccini

He was of jewish origin. Since 1902 he lived at St. Petersburg and in 1905 he studied singing at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under the pedagogue Stanislav Gabel. In 1912 together with his family he went to New York, where he additionally studied privately with Pasquale Amato. He appeared almost exclusively together with Japanese soprano Tamaki Miura (1884-1946), who undertook big tours in the 1924-32 seasons appearing in G. Puccini's ''Madama Butterfly''  and ''Iris'' of P. Mascagni. Already in 1917 he appeared opposite her at the Boston Opera in P. Mascagni's ''Iris''. When Tamaki Miura began in 1920 her big European tours, he sang as her partner at the Italian opera houses. Besides, he appeared in Europe under the pseudonym Vito. After his retirement he worked at the Chicago Conservatory.

Chronology of appearance

1917 Boston Opera House Iris (Osaka)


Columbia, New York 1917-11-09
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Love duet with Tamaki Miura 49265

Brunswick 1921
Meierke Mein Sohn  40000-B

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