Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Amalie (Málka) Bobková (Soprano) (Trnava 1874 - 1956 ?)

She was a pupil of the famous Czech singer and pedagogue Marie Sittová-Petzoldová in Prague. In 1900 she made her debut at the National Theater in Prague as Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ by C. Gounod. In 1901 she appeared there in the premiere of A. Dvořák’s ‘’Rusalka’’. Till 1911 she had in this most significant Czech opera theater a big career and she distinguished herself in Italian, German, French and Czech repertoire. She appeared with great success especially as a partner of the tenor Otakar Marák, who alos had a big success at that time in Prague. Her real star role was counted the Vendulka in ‘’Hubička’’ (‘’The kiss’’) by B. Smetana. Her other roles were Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’, Mignon of A. Thomas, Antonia in ‘’Hoffmanns Erzählungen’’, Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Susanna in ‘’Figaros Hochzeit’’, Juliette in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ by C. Gounod, Xenia in ‘’Dimitri’’ by A. Dvořák, Julia in ‘’Jacobin’’ of the same composer, Marie in ‘’Verkauften Braut’’ and Chrysothemis in ‘’Elektra’’ of R. Strauss. She married to Prager university professor F. Votruba and after her marriage lived together with her husband in Olomouc, where she appeared till 1920 at the theater there. She appeared at the National Theater of Prague in 1916 and 1918. Since 1934 she lived again in Prague and appeared there in 1936 again in a concert on the occasion of the homecoming of Czech tenor Otakar Marák from the USA.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Prague National Theater Faust (Marguerite)
1901 Prague National Theater Rusalka (First wood sprite)


G&T, Praha 1902
Hubička (Smetana): Ukolébavka 73190 103z
Prodaná Nevĕsta (Smetana): Arie Marenky – Kdybych se cos takového 73184  104z

Odeon, Praha 1906-05/08
Rusalka (Dvořák): Zpěv lěsni zinky X29077 Vx1750
Mignon (Thomas): Zda znáš-li ten kra (Romance)  X29078 Vx1751
Prodaná Nevěsta (Smetana): Kdybych se co takovéko X29079 Vx1752
Hubička (Smetana): Hlásej, ptáčku X29080 Vx1753

Odeon, Praha 1907-1909
Prodaná Nevěsta (Smetana): Sekstet with H. Feldenova, O. Valoušková, F. Sir, E. Burian and V. Kliment X51020 ZX448
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Là ci darem la mano with E. Burian (Cz) X29087 ZX449
Hubička (Smetana): Ukolébavka X48151 ZX470
Hubička (Smetana): Hlásej, ptáčku (Skrivánci pisen) X48129 ZX471
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Duet Tatjana-Olga with Valoušková X29088 ZX508

Albertine Dubois-Lauger (Mezzo-Soprano) (? 1874 - ?)

She received her education at the Paris Conservatoire and made her debut in 1894 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, to which she belonged till 1896. Then she appeared at the famous French provincial theaters and was engaged in the 1899-1900 season by the Théâtre de la Monnaie inBrussels. In 1910 she made her debut at the Grand Opéra in Paris and appeared here for about twenty years. At the Grand Opéra her repertoire included Venus in ‘’Tannhäuser’’, Brangäne in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’, Fricka in ‘’Walküre’’, Gertrude in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’, Anna in ‘’Les Troyens’’, Hérodias in ‘’Hérodiade’’, Grande Vestale in ‘’La Vestale’’. Between 1924 and 1933 she appeared regularly in opera performances of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo: as Taven in ‘’Mireille’’, Ortrud in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Maddalena in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Marcellina in ‘’Nozze di Figaro’’and Geneviève in ‘’Pelléas et Melisande’’. In 1925 she appeared at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in the premiere of M. Ravel’s ‘’L'Enfant et les sortilèges’’, the next year in A. Honegger’s ‘’Judith’’. In addition, she made guest appearances in many French theaters, but also abroad, thus in 1918 at the Opera in Rio de Janeiro. In 1936 she appeared in Monte Carlo as Marcellina in ‘’Nozze di Figaro’’ and in 1942 as Annina in ‘’Rosenkavalier’’. She was married to the tenor Gastone Dubois, who was engaged more than twenty years by the Grand Opéra in Paris and appeared there like in Monte Carlo together with his wife.

Chronology of some appearances

1894-1896 Paris Opéra-Comique
1899-1900 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1910 Paris Grand Opéra
1925 Opéra de Monte-Carlo
1926 Opéra de Monte-Carlo
1936 Opéra de Monte-Carlo
1942 Opéra de Monte-Carlo


Odeon, Paris 1907
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Septuor, pt 1 with  Lise Landouzy, Gaston Dubois, Amelia Talexis, Gaston Régis, Lucien Rigaux and  Etienne Billot  56132 XP3642
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Septuor, pt 2 with Lise Landouzy, Gaston Dubois, Amelia Talexis, Gaston Régis, Lucien Rigaux and  Etienne Billot 56148 XP3643
Traviata (Verdi): Septuor with  Gaston Dubois, Gaston Régis, Lucien Rigaux, Etienne Billot,  Maletti and Lise Landouzy 56146 XP3644
Boheme (Puccini): Addio, dolce svegliare with Etienne Billot, Lise Landouzy and Gaston Dubois 56157
Boheme (Puccini): Part2 with Etienne Billot, Lise Landouzy and Gaston Dubois 56151
Rigoletto (Verdi): Quatuor  with Agustarello Affre, Lise Landouzy and Lucien Rigaux 86503 XXP3683
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Quatuor de la chambre with  Lise Landouzy, Lucien Rigaux and Etienne Billot 56135 XP3655

Homophone, Paris
Faust (Gounod): Trio with Gaston Dubois and Fournets 8392

Maria Bronzoni (Soprano)

She studied singing  in Milan under the pedagogue Cottone and probably appeared at the italian provincial opera houses.


Gramophone, Milano 1910-04-12
Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte 53581 143ah

Victor, USA 1910-04-23
Bohème (Puccini): Sono andati with Franco de Gregorio 45013-A

Adalgisa Giana (Soprano) (Milano 1888 - ?)

Probably she made her debut in 1908 at the Opera in New Orleans as a mamber of the Lombardi Opera Company.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 New Orleans Opera Stagione Compagnia Lambardi
1909 America Centrale Stagione Compagnia Lambardi
1912 Pollenza  Teatro Sociale Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1913 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Traviata (Annina)
1914 Reggio Emilia Teatro Municipale Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1915 Havana  Teatro Nacional Boheme (Musetta)
1916 Novara Teatro Coccia Boheme (Musetta)
1917 Lucca Teatro Del Giglio Boheme (Musetta)
1918 Monza Politeama Boheme (Musetta)
1919 Forlì Politeama Boheme (Musetta)
1920 Pisa Teatro Verdi Boheme (Musetta)
1921 Cremona Politeama Verdi Boheme (Musetta)
1922 Padova Teatro Verdi Boheme (Musetta)
1923 Lucca Teatro Del Giglio Boheme (Musetta)           
1924 Mestre Teatro Toniolo Boheme (Musetta)
1925 Milano Teatro Carcano Faust (Margherita)
1926 Ravenna  Teatro Mariani Boheme (Musetta)
1929 Pisa Teatro Rossi Boheme (Musetta)
1931 Piacenza Politeama Rigoletto (Maddalena)


Complete Gramophone, Milano 1917
Bohème (Puccini): with Gemma Bosini, Remo Andreini, Ernesto Badini, Aristide Baracchi and Vincenzo Bettoni 

Hans Melms (Baritone) (Berlin 1869 – 1941 ?)

He made his debut in 1892 at the Hoftheater in Altenburg, Thuringia. In the 1893-1894 season he appeared at the Stadttheater in Wurzburg, then from 1894 to 1895 season at the Stadttheater in Olmütz. In the 1895-1897 seasons he sang at the Stadttheater in Chemnitz, from 1897 to 1898 at the Opernhaus in Cologne. In the 1898-1902 seasons he performed at the Stadttheater in Magdeburg, in the 1902-1904 seasons he appeared at the Hofoper in Vienna (beginning role: Tonio in ''Pagliacci''). In the 1904-1905 season he sang at the Nationaltheater in Berlin, then from 1905 to 1907 at the Volksoper in Vienna. From 1907 to 1909 seasons he appeared once more at the Hofoper in Vienna, then in the 1909-1910 sang at the Volksoper  in Vienna. From 1910 to 1914 he again performed at the Hofoper in Vienna. Since 1917 he lived in Berlin. later he appeared in films. During his career he appeared as a guest at the Opernhaus in Leipzig (1900), at the Hofoper in Munich (1901) and at the Deutschen Theater in Brünn (1903). His repertoire included Pizarro in ''Fidelio'', Hans Heiling in the opera of the same name by H. Marschner, hunter in "Nachtlager von Granada" by C. Kreutzer, Telramund in ''Lohengrin'', Wotan in "Walküre", Kurwenal in ''Tristan und Isolde'', Rigoletto, Count di Luna in ''Trovatore'', Nelusco in ''Africaina'',  Valentin in ''Faust'' and Wolfram in ''Tannhäuser''.

Chronology of some appearances

1892 Altenburg Hoftheater
1893-1894 Wurzburg Stadttheater
1894-1895 Olmütz Stadttheater
1895-1897 Chemnitz Stadttheater
1897-1898 Cologne Opernhaus
1900 Leipzig Opernhaus
1901 Munich Hofoper
1898-1902 Magdeburg Stadttheater
1903 Brünn Deutschen Theater
1902-1904 Vienna Hofoper
1904-1905 Berlin Nationaltheater
1905-1907 Vienna Volksoper
1907-1909 Vienna Hofoper
1909-1910 Vienna Volksoper
1910-1914 Vienna Hofoper


Odeon, Wien 1906/1907 Carmen (Bizet): Torerolied 38347Africana (Meyerbeer): Ballade des Nelusco 38353
Traviata (Verdi): Di Provenza 22016
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Wohl wusst' ich 51441
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Terzett with Georg Maikl and Wilhelm Wissiak 38357

Pathé, Wien 1907?
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Ballade des Nelusko 38265

Pathé, Wien 1908?
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Wohl wusst' ich 38665
Trovatore (Verdi): Befreit, o welche Seligkeit with Maria Jeritza 38656
Mignon (Thomas): Schwalbenduett with Maria Jeritza 38666

Gramophone, Wien 1908
Traviata (Verdi): Hat dein heimatlches land 22853 12839u
Trovatore (Verdi): Ihres Auges 228541 2835u

Zonophone, Wien 1908
Tannhäuser (Wagner): O kehr' zurück X-22843
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Dir hohe Liebe X-22844

Lia Moglia (Soprano)

Probably she appeared at the italian provincial opera houses.


Columbia, Milano 1912?
Aida (Verdi): Quest'assisa ch'io vesto with Egidio Cunego, Cesare  Formichi, Giovanni Martino and Dolores Frau    D5566 11198
Aida (Verdi) Finale Act II Part 2 with Giovanni Martino, Cesare  Formichi, Egidio Cunego and Dolores Frau  D4415 11495
Aida (Verdi) Finale Act II Part 1 with Giovanni Martino, Cesare  Formichi, Egidio Cunego  and Dolores Frau 11494 D4415
Faust (Gounod): Scena della chiesa P1 with Giovanni Martino D4395 11496
Faust (Gounod): Scena della chiesa P2 with Giovanni Martino D4395 11497
Aida (Verdi): Gloria All'Egitto with Egidio Cunego, Giovanni Martino and Dolores Frau 11494
Aida (Verdi): Di Napata le gole with Egidio Cunego and Cesare Formichi D5571 11498

Jolanda Mazza (Soprano)

In 1929 at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari she appeared as Micaela in ''Carmen''.

Chronology of appearance

1929 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli


Fonotipia, Milano 1929-12-10
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): Comprendi quello che ho fatto with Attilio Barbieri  172098 XXPho6514 
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): Avrai nella mia mamma with Attilio Barbieri  172098  XXPho6517

Eugenio Perna (Baritone)

He studied singing at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the pedagogue Enrico Rosati and made his debut in Rome in 1912 at the Teatro Adriano in ‘’Traviata’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1913 Roma Teatro Adriano Boheme (Marcello)
1914 Brescia Teatro Grande Loreley (Herman)
1915 Torino Teatro Alfieri Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1917 Udine Ricreatorio Festivo Concerto
1918  Lugo Teatro Rossini Boheme (Marcello)
1919 Cento Teatro Sociale Boheme (Marcello)
1919 Cento Teatro Sociale Boheme (Marcello)
1920 Pisa Teatro Verdi Tosca (Scarpia)
1921 Torino Teatro Scribe Tosca (Scarpia)


Gramophone, Milano 1915
Complete Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): with Franco Tuminello and Giorgina Ermolli

Cäcilie Rüsche-Endorf (Soprano) ( Dortmund 1873 - Leipzig 1939)

She studied at the conservatoire in Cologne and with Alberto Selva in Milan. She made her debut in 1894 at the Stadttheater in Zurich as Agathe in ‘’Freischütz’’. In the 1896-1902 seasons she was a member of the Opernhauses in Cologne, where she appeared in 1902 in the premiere of the opera "Die Pompadour"  by Emanuel Moor. In 1898 she married the opera singer Hermann Endorf. In the 1904-1905 season she was engaged by  the Stadttheater in Elberfeld, from 1905 to 1910 she sang at the Opernhaus in Hannover. In the 1910-1915 seasons she appeared with great success at the Opernhaus in Leipzig. Here she sang in 1914 the the of Kundry in the première of ‘’Parsifal’’ as a partner of Jacques Urlus. She sang at the Bayreuth Festival from 1906 to 1909. She made guest appearances at the Hofoper in Berlin (1907-1909), at the Hofoper in Munich (1910-1918), at AmsterdamRotterdam (1910), at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (1913, 1914), at the Deutschen Theater in Prague (1911), at the Stadttheater in Zurich and at the Hofoper inDresden (1911). In 1908 and from 1911 to 1914 she guested at the Covent Garden in London in R. Wagner’s operas. Later she lived in Leipzig and worked there as vocal pedagogue. Her stage repertoire included Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Eva in "Meistersingern", Elisabeth in ‘’Tannhäuser’’, Desdemona in ‘’Otello’’, Pamina in "Zauberflöte", Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ and the title role in"Königin von Saba".

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Zurich Stadttheater
1896-1902 Cologne Opernhauses
1904-1905 Elberfeld Stadttheater
1905-1910 Hannover Opernhaus
1906-1910 Bayreuth Festival 
1907-1909 Berlin  Hofoper
1908 London Covent Garden
1910-1915 Leipzig Opernhaus
1911 London Covent Garden
1911 Prague Deutschen Theater
1911 Zurich Stadttheater
1911 Dresden Hofoper
1912 London Covent Garden
1913 London Covent Garden
1913 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1914 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1914 London Covent Garden
1910-1918 Munich  Hofoper


Gramophone, Hannover 1907-12?
Freischütz (Weber): Und ob die Wolke (Cavatine) 2-43056 4010r
Nozze di Figaro (Mozart): Heil'ge Quelle 2-43057 4011r

Gramophone, Berlin 1909-10-29
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Dich teure Halle 2-43314 1828ab
Lohengrin (Wagner): Einsam in trüben Tagen 2-43316