Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Rudolf Bernhardt (Baritone) (Poland, Warsaw ? 1865 - Poland, Warsaw 1905 ?)

First he received his education in Vienna, where he studied singing under Grün and Berensfeld. Later he completed his studies in Berlin under M. Padilla and with Francesco Lamberti in Milano. He made his debut in Cremona as Renato in G. Verdi's ''Ballo in maschera'' (1889?). In 1890 he appeared at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw again as Renato in G. Verdis ''Ballo in maschera''. In the 1891-1892 season he performed at the Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Then he undertook a tours, which brought him to the German theaters, where he sang with much success. He came back again to Poland and appeared during the following years at the opera houses of Warsaw andKrakow. In 1897 he made guest appearances in Italian opera theaters, then came back again toPoland and in 1900 did the first Russian tour with successful appearances in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In Russia he mostly sang under the artistic name Rodolfo Bernardi. In 1903 he did the third, less successful Russian tour. In 1904 he is to be found for the last time at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. Probably he died the next year. Bernardi also made guest appearances in Berlin (1895), Budapest, His stage repertoire included Enrico in ''Lucia di Lammermoor'', Count di Luna in ''Trovatore'', Renato in ''Ballo in maschera'', Rigoletto, Germont in ''Traviata'',  Tonio in ''Pagliacci'', also Nevers in ''Huguenots'',  Valentin in ''Faust'' and Janusz in ''Halka''. Today he is totally forgotten.

Chronology of some appearances

1890 Warsaw Grand Theatre
1891 Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet
1892 Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet
1893 Milano La Scala
1895 Berlin
1900 Moscow Theatre Hermitage
1901 Moscow New Theatre
1901 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1902 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1903 Moscow Theatre Hermitage
1903 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1904 Warsaw Grand Theatre


Berliner, -1-02
Carmen (Bizet): Votre toast 22789 1945 B

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Enrico Palmetto (Tenor) (Copenhagen, Denmark 1876 - Copenhagen, Denmark 1943)

His real name was Hartvig Mendel. He was born in Copenhagen of Spanish parents. He received his musical educationin Denmark and Paris . He was a concert singer, but episodically appeared also in opera performances. Only in   theUnited States he  gave a 600 concerts and recitals. He also made guest appearances in  Bahla, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Rhodesia, Belgium, Congo, Portugal, East Africa, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar.

Chronology of some appearances

1922 Sydney Fullers' New Theatre Pagliacci (Canio)


Columbia, New York 1915-06-21
Ak kæreste Hr Guldsmed (N W Gade) E2451 45798
Husker du i høst (Heise) E2451 45799

Columbia, New York 1915-06-22
Flyv, fugl, flyv (Hartmann) E2633 45812

Columbia, New York 1915-06-23
Sømandssang (Farvel) (Bechgaard) E2633 45817

Columbia, New York 1917-08?
Det er et yndigt land (Krøyer) E3551 58606
Kong Kristian stod ved højen mast (trad/Kuhlau) E3551 58607

Rosa Grünberg (Soprano) (Stockholm 4/1 1878 - Stockholm 11/4, 1960)

She was a pupil of pedagogues J. Jacobsson, Gillis Bratt and Signe Hebbe in Stockholm. In 1898 she made her debut at the Svenska Theater in Stockholm as Inga in ‘’Bröllopet på Ulvåsa’’, a few weeks later she sang at the Vasatheater of Stockholm in ‘’Opernball’’ by Heuberger. In the 1898-1902 seasons she appeared with great success at the Vasa Theater in Stockholm. In the 1902-1904 seasons she sang at Östermalmstheater in Stockholm and undertook a tour with the Ranfts Operetta troupe through the Scandinavian lands. Her repertoire also included the title part in J. Offenbach’s ‘’Schöner Helena’’ and Rosina in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’. In the 1906-1914 seasons she was a star of the Oscartheater in Stockholm. She was invited to appear at the Royal Opera inStockholm, and there in the 1914-1915 season she had a huge success as Leonora in ‘’Il Trovatore’’ and as Santuzza in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. She retired from the stage in 1916.

Chronology of some appearances

1898 Stockholm Svenska Theater
1898 Stockholm Vasatheater
1898-1902 Stockholm Vasa Theater
1902-1904 Stockholm Östermalmstheater
1906-1914 Stockholm Oscartheater
1914-1915 Stockholm Royal Opera


Gramophone, Stockholm 1911-10-16
Ro, ro, ögonsten (Sjögren) 283105 2084y
Rida ranka (Ekenberg) 283106 2085y

Knut Öhrström (Tenor) (Stockholm 17/6 1885 - Stockholm 17/9 1964)

First he studied singing under John Östergren in Stockholm, then with Vittorio Vanza in Milan. He made his debut in 1916 at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. Till 1924 he remained a member of this theater, where he appeared with success as Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Don José in ‘’Carmen’’, Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ and as Lohengrin. Together with the composer Hugo Alfvén he undertook a tour through the USA. In 1930 he withdrew from the stage and then worked as pedagogue in Stockholm.

Chronology of some appearances

1916-1924 Stockholm Royal Opera


Ekophon, Stockholm 1923-04
Folkvisa (Merikanto) NS1823 51748
Jungfrun under lind (Peterson-Berger) NS1823 51749

Wallin's Svenska Records, Chicago 1924/1925
Carmela (Ibland blommor och grönskande lundar) (de Curtis)  114 9039
Ingalill (Lejdström?) 114 9040
Stjärnor i kronan (Hultman) 115 9064
Jag är en pilgrim (Hultman) 115 9065

Johannes Scheurich (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

Jan. 24. 1920 Deutsche OperBerlin Undine (Ritter Hugo von Ringstetten)
Nov. 8. 1920 Deutsche OperBerlin Das Rheingold (Froh)
Nov. 6. 1921Deutsche Oper, Berlin  Der Troubadour (Manrico)
Mar. 3. 1922 Deutsche OperBerlin Hoffmanns Erzählungen (Hoffmann)
Feb. 3. 1923 Lyric Theater, Baltimore Tannhäuser (Walther)
Feb. 12. 1923 Manhattan Opera House, New York  Die Meistersinger (Zorn)
Feb. 24. 1923 Manhattan Opera House, New York Der fliegende Holländer (Steersman)
Mar. 7. 1923 Manhattan Opera House, New York Der fliegende Holländer (Steersman)
Mar. 31. 1923 Lexington TheatreNew York Concert
Apr. 3. 1923 Opera House, Boston Tannhäuser (Walther)
Apr. 6. 1923 Opera House, Boston Der fliegende Holländer  (Steersman)
Apr. 11. 1923 Opera House, Boston Das Rheingold  (Froh)
Apr. 16. 1923 Lyric Theater, Baltimore Das Rheingold (Froh)
Apr. 20. 1923 Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia Das Rheingold  (Froh)
Apr. 28 . 1923 Schenley Theater, Pittsburgh Der fliegende Holländer (Steersman)
Apr. 30. 1923 Orchestra Hall, Detroit Tannhäuser (Walther)
May 6. 1923 Metropolitan Theatre, Cleveland Tannhäuser (Walther)


Artiphon, Berlin 1919-11-08
Carmen (Bizet): Ich seh die Mutter dort with Seinemeyer 666
Trovatore (Verdi): Ins unsre Heimat with Weber 668

Die Schwätzerin von Saragossa (Offenbach): Spanisches Lied P. 1069-II 2527

Gunnar Grip (Baritone) (Norrtälje 29/6, 1887 - Stockholm 26/3, 1965)

From 1919 to 1921 he studied singing under Mattia Battistini in Rome, Vittorio Vanzo in Milan and W. Beck in Paris. In 1921 he made his debut at the Köiglichen Oper in Stockholm as Figaro G. Rossini's ''Il Barbiere di Siviglia''. The next 20 years he had a significant success in this famous Swedish opera house like at guest performances in the northern and the Baltic states. As a concert singer he gave a successful recitals in BerlinDresdenRomeParisBrussels andLondon. In 1925, during the first Swedish broadcasting performance, he sang the title role in P. Tchaikovsky’s ‘’Eugene Onegin’’ under the direction of Nils Grevillius. His famous parts included Count di Luna in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, Tonio and Silvio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and Scarpia in ‘’Tosca’’. Later he also became known as the publisher of music-critical magazines (''Scenen'', 1934; ''Jorden Runt'', 1933-60).

Chronology of some appearances

1921-1941 Stockholm Köiglichen Oper


HMV, Stockholm 1923-05-28
Amarilli (Caccini) X1838 (18-282055)

HMV, Stockholm 1923-09-08
Zazà (Leoncavallo): Zazà, bruna zigenerska X1838 (18-282056)

Guillon-Brasseur (Contralto)

Contralto de l' opéra de Nice.


Berliner, Paris 1901
Mignon (Thomas): Connais-tu le pays  33225 3719½G

Henri Stamler (Baritone)

Chronology of some appearances

1896-1897 l’Opéra de Nice Thaïs (-)
1903 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) L'étranger (vieux pêcheur/contrebandier)
1905 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Armide (2°officier)
1906 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Ariene (Phéréklos, le Pilote)
1907 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Ariene (Phéréklos, le Pilote)
1907 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Thamara (officier)


Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1905?
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Fille des rois 17089
Hamlet (Thomas): Chanson à boire 17090
Hérodiade (Massenet): Vision fugitive 17096
Benvenuto Cellini (Diaz): Arioso 17097
Le biniou (Durand) 17132
Patrie (Paladilhe): Cantabile de Rysoor 17102
Coupe du Roi de Thulé (Diaz): Récit et arioso 17101 
Pauvre France (Faure) 17134
Sanctus (Beethoven) 17177
Chanson des peupliers (Doria) 17135
Pie Jesu (Stradella) 17173
Stances (Flégier) 17109

Romain (Leon) Carbelly (Bass/Baritone) (18.Saint-Amand, 21 juillet 1877 – ?)

He made his debut as Gunther in E. Reyer’s ‘’Sigurd’’ at the Paris Grand Opera (1906).

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Paris Grand Opera Sigurd (Gunther)
1908 Paris Grand Opera Le Prophète (Mathisen)
1908 Paris Grand Opera Roméo et Juliette (Capulet)
1908 Paris Grand Opera Guillaume Tell (Guillaume Tell)
1921 Paris Grand Opera Herodiade (Vitellius)
1922 Paris Grand Opera Faust (Valentin)
1922 Paris Grand Opera Boris Godounov (Héraut)
1922 Paris Grand Opera Samson et Dalila (Grand Prêtre)
1923 Paris Grand Opera Les Maitres Chanteurs de Nuremberg (Kathner)
1923 Paris Grand Opera Rigoletto (Monterone)
1923 Paris Grand Opera Aïda (Amonasro)
1923 Paris Grand Opera La Walkyrie (Wotan)
1924  Paris Grand Opera Sigurd (Grand Prêtre d'Odin)
1924  Paris Grand Opera Antar (Amarat)
1925 Paris Grand Opera Le Crépuscule des dieux (Gunther)
1925 Paris Grand Opera Tannhäuser (Biteroff)
1926 Paris Grand Opera Salomé (un Soldat).
1926 Paris Grand Opera Les Burgraves (Platon-Jassius)


Homophone, Paris 1906?
Les Gars d'Irlande (Holmès) 8841
Le Credo du Paysan (Goublier) 8383