Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pierre Lamy (Tenor)

Ténor du Grand théâtre de Monte-Carlo.


Pathé, Paris 1919 - 1925
Postillon de Longjumeau (Adam): Ronde du postillone, act 1 0347

James Johnston (Tenor) (Belfast 11 August 1903 - Belfast 17 October 1991)

He studied singing under the pedagogue John Vine and made his debut in 1940 at the Opera of Dublin as Duke in G. Verdi’s ‘’Rigoletto’’. He remained till 1945 in Dublin and still continued his butcher business. Then he sang in different English opera theaters, among other things in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. In the 1945-1951 seasons he performed with the Sadler's Wells Opera in London in many parts, among other things as Hans in B. Smetana’s "Verkaufter Braut", Rodolfo in ‘’La Bohème’’, Pinkerton in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’, Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’, Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, Faust, José in ‘’Carmen’’, Radames in ‘’Aida’’, and Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’. In the 1949-1958 seasons he sang at Covent Garden in London (debut as Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’ opposite Elisabeth Schwarzkopf). In this opera house he took over on 29. 9. 1949 in the premiere of the opera ‘’The Olympians’’ by Arthur Bliss in the part of Hector. In 1948 he appeared in the English première of G. Verdi’s ‘’Simon Boccanegra’’ at the Sadler's Wells Opera as Gabriele Adorno. In 1958 he returned to Belfast and was active as businessman. 

Chronology of some appearances

1945 Dublin Opera
1945-1951 London Sadler's Wells Opera
1949-1951 London Covent Garden


Columbia  1948-06-23
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Morgenlich leuchtend DX1506 CAX 10291 

Clementine de Vere Sapio (Soprano) (Paris 14. 12. 1864 † New York 19. 1. 1954)

She made her debut in Florence, and also sang in France and Germany. Her extensive American career included a period from 1895 to 1900 when she appeared regularly at the New York Met. Her roles there included Verdi (Violetta, Gilda); Bizet (Micaëla); Wagner (Elsa) and Halévy (Rachel). She had an extensive career in Britain, particularly as leading soprano with the Moody-Manners company. This included several tours to Scotland in which her repertoire included Verdi (Aïda), Wagner (Elisabeth, Elsa), Meyerbeer (Valentine), Halévy (Rachel), Puccini (Mimì) and Gounod (Marguerite). She appeared as Thirza in the British stage premiere of Ethel Smyth's Wreckers, conducted by Beecham (Her Majesty's, London, 1909). In Scotland she also sang extensively in concert (Israel in Egypt in Kirkcaldy 1906) and concert performances of opera (‘’Tannhäuser’’ and ‘’Lohengrin’’ in Perth). She was married to the pianist-conductor Romualdo Sapio.

Chronology of some appearances

1880 Florence Teatro Comunale Mignon (Philine)
1880 Paris Grand Opéra Huguenots (Marguerite de Valois)
1881 Paris Grand Opéra Wilhelm Tell (Mathilde)
1897 London Covent Garden Nozze di Figaro (Susanna)
1897 New York Metropolitan Opera Hamlet (Ophélie)
1900 London Covent Garden Aida (Aida)


Edison, New York
Coeur et la Main (Lecocq): Bolero 82057 3030
Grand Mogol (Audran): Valse des serpents 82057 3066

Angelo Bada (Tenor) (Novara, Italia 27. 5. 1876 - Novara, Italia 23. 3. 1941)

He studied singing in his native city with Cecilio Manfredi. He made his professional opera debut in January 1900 as the "messenger" in Giuseppe Verdi's ‘’Aida’’. He spent the next eight years performing mainly comprimario roles in major opera houses in Italy, including La Scala in Milan and the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. He also made appearances at the Royal Opera House in London. He  joined the roster of singers at the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 1908. He made his debut with the company on 16 November 1908. He remained with the company for 30 season, giving his last appearance with the company on 9 April 1938. During those years he also appeared as a guest artist in operas, recitals, and concerts in Europe, South America, Australia, and Africa. At the Met he sang in the world premieres of several operas, including Giacomo Puccini's  ‘’La Fanciulla del West’’ (1910), Umberto Giordano's ‘’Madame Sans-Gêne’’ (1915), Charles Wakefield Cadman's ‘’Shanewis’’ (1918), Puccini's ‘’Il tabarro’’ (1918), Puccini's ‘'Gianni Schicchi’’ (1918), Albert Wolff's ‘’L'oiseau bleu’’ (1919), and Deems Taylor's ‘’Peter Ibbetson’’ (1931). After retiring from the Met, he returned to Novara where he built a large home and lived quietly. He died after a brief illness three years later in his native city. He is buried in the Novara Cemetery.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Madama Butterfly (Goro)
1906 Napoli Teatro San Carlo  Mignon  (Laerte)
1914 Metropolitan Opera House L'amore dei tre re (Flaminio)
1914 Metropolitan Opera House Madeleine (Beppe-Arlecchino)
1914 Brooklyn Academy of Music (Beppe-Arlecchino)
1915 Metropolitan Opera House  Madame Sans-Gêne (Despréaux)
1920 Metropolitan Opera House Zaza (Malardot)


Otello (Verdi): Inaffia l'ugola with Amato & Setti 88338 C11284

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Carlo Zampighi (Tenor) (Forlì, Italia 1927 - Forli, Italia 1997)

First he studied singing under Baldoni in Forli, then at school of Marchesa Cavalli-Foschi in Rome. Later he perfected his vocal at the Centro Lirico in Firenze. In 1951 Magda Oliviero provided his stage debut at the Teatro Duse in Bologna. In 1951 he had a huge success at the Teatro Margherita in Genua. In 1958 he sang at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Firenze in G. Rossini’s ‘’La Donna del lago’’. In the 1956-1959 seasons he appeared with great success in the USA, where among other things at the Dallas Opera he sang the part of Almaviva in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’ opposite Maria Callas. He made guest appearances in Egypt, Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Seville, Oviedo), Zurich, Berlin (State Opera), Belgium (Brussels, Ghent), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon),  New York, Cincinnati, New Orleans and London. In 1966 he retired from the stage and taught singing.

Chronology of some appearances

1951 Bologna Teatro Duse
1958 Firenze Maggio Musicale Fiorentino


Live recording
Werther (Massenet): Ah! non mi ridestar

Petros Epitropakis (Tenor) (Athens, Greece 22. 12. 1894 - ? 10. 04. 1977)


First he studied singing with N. Kokkinos and Tim Xathnopoulos. From  1918 to 1920 he continued his education under Nina Foka at the Athens Conservatory. He made his debut as Cavaradossi in ''Tosca'' at Attikon in Piraeus. He continued his studies in Milan under Giuseppe Borghi (1920-1924). In Italy he appeared with great success in famous operatic stages. After his return in Greece (1924), he appeared as Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’ opposite Yiannis Angelopoulos. In the interwar period he sang in performances of the Elliniko Melodrama (Greek Melodrama): ‘’The Mother’s Ring’’ (1928, 1931), ‘’O protomastoras’’ (1930), ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’ (1930, as a partner of Elvira de Hidalgo), ‘’Don Pasquale’’ (1931) etc. From 1941 to 1959 he was a principal tenor of the Greek National Opera. His repertoire included Almaviva in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Alfredo  in ‘’La Traviata’’, De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’,  Edgardo in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, Ernesto in ‘’Don Pasqaule’’ etc. 

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Piraeus Attikon Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1920 Marsala Teatro Municipale Faust (Faust)
1924 Athens National Opera Rigoletto (Duke)


HMV, Athens 1924
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella AO-187 BJ 207

HMV, Athens 1926?
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Se il mio nome AO-188  BJ 302 I
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini):Oh sorte! già veggo AO-188 BJ 342 I

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mario Spoto (Bass) (Messina, Italia 1878 - ?)

Probably he made his debut at the Teatro Sociale in Belluno as Ferrando in ''Trovatore''. In 1908 he made 5 records.

Chronology of some appearances

1899 Venezia Teatro alla Fenice Sansone e Dalila  (Abimelecco/vecchio ebreo) with Michele Mariacher (Sansone), Virginia Guerrini (Dalila) and Giuseppe La Puma (Sommo sacerdote)
1899 Venezia Teatro alla Fenice Aida (Ramfis) with Michele Mariacher (Radamès), Teodolinda Micucci (Aida), Cloe Marchesini (Amneris) and Arturo Pessina/Giuseppe La Puma (Amonasro)
1902 Roma Teatro Costanzi Sigfrido (Fafner) with Fausta Labia-Perea (Brunilde), Raffaele Grani (Sigfrido), Augusto Nannetti (Mime) and Giuseppe Pacini (viandante/Wotan)
1903 Roma Teatro Costanzi Aida (Ramfis) with Enrico Caruso (Radamès), Fausta Labia-Perea (Aida), Elisa Bruno (Amneris) and Giuseppe Pacini (Amonasro)
1903 Roma Teatro Costanzi Mosè (Faraone/capofamiglia ebreo/Jehova) with Lina Pasini Vitale (Sephora/Maria), Angelo Pintucci (Aronne) and  Mario Sammarco (Mosè)
1903 Roma Teatro Costanzi Germania (Giovanni Filippo Palm/pastore Stapps) with Fausta Labia-Perea (Ricke), Bindo Gasperini (Federico Loewe) and Mario Sammarco (Carlo Worms)
1907 Torino Teatro Regio Aida (Re/ shared with Medardo Medosi) with Vincenzo Bieletto (Radamès), Oreste Benedetti/Giuseppe Kaschmann (Amonasro), Angelo Masini-Pieralli (Ramfis) and Teresa Alasia/Maria Pia Bertolucci (Amneris)
1907 Parma Politeama Reinach Trovatore (Ferrando) with Francisco Granados (Manrico), Gaetano Azzolini (conte di Luna), Silvia Vecchione (Leonora), Linda Monti Brunner (Azucena)
1907 Parma Politeama Reinach Trovatore (Ferrando) with Giovanni Tegonini (Manrico), Oreste Mieli (conte di Luna), Anna De Revers (Leonora)


Odeon Fonotipia, Milano  1908-01-01 
Rigoletto (Verdi): Signor?... Va, non ho niente  with  Luigi Baldassarri 37734 xM 1225
Salvator Rosa (Gomes):E il foglio 82582
Salvator Rosa (Gomes): Di sposo di padre 82583
Forza del destino (Verdi): Del mondo i disinganni with Pietro Lo Giudice 82596

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Rita D'Oria (Soprano) (Romania, Bucharest 1886 - ?)

She made her debut in 1906 at the Teatro Sociale in Treviso as Favetta in Alberto Franchetti’s ‘’La figlia di Jorio’’. In 1912 she appeared in USA. She retired from the stage in 1917.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Treviso Teatro Sociale La figlia di Jorio (Favetta)
1908 Roma Teatro Quirino Boheme of R. Leoncavallo (Mimi)
1909 Sassari Politeama Verdi Amico Fritz (Suzel)
1910 Cuneo Teatro Toselli Boheme (Musetta)
1911 Mantova Teatro Sociale Werther (Sofia)
1912 Budapest Volgsopera Ballo in Maschera (Oscar)
1912 Parma Teatro Regio Boris Godunov (Teodoro) with Eugenio Giraldoni (Boris Godunov), Romeo Boscacci (Il Principe Vassili and L'Innocente), Sarah Fidelia Solari (Marina) and Giuseppe Quinzi Tapergi (Pimmenn)
1913 Palermo Teatro Massimo Boheme of R. Leoncavallo (Mimi) with Giuseppe Armanini (Rodolfo), Giuseppe Danise (Marcello)
1914 Gorizia Teatro Sociale Rigoletto (Gilda)
1916 Madrid Teatro Zarzuela Amleto (Ofelia)


Columbia, Milano 1913/1914 
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea): No più nobile with Giuseppe Armanini D9337 42095
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea): La dolcissima effigie with Giuseppe Armanini D9337 42096
Amore dei tre Rè (Montemezzi): Duetto d'amore with Giuseppe Armanini D17542  74735

Georges Noré (Tenor) (Mans, France 25. 05. 1910 - Château-Renault, France 01. 02. 2001)

His real name was Georges Tournez. He made his debut at Grand Opéra in Paris (1935). First he appeared mostly as Comprimario. In 1938 he substituted for the ill Georges Thill as Faust and sang  with sensational success. Since 1942 he also appeared at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, here he appeared among other things as Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’, Gérald in ‘’Lakmé’’, Werther, Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’ and Pinkerton in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’. He continued his appearances at both opera houses till 1956. He gave guest performances in Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, London and at the Opéra Monte-Carlo (1947). He retired from the stage in 1960. In 1952 he took part at the Opéra-Comique in the premiere of Lévy’s opera ‘’Dolorès’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1935 Paris Grand Opéra
1942 Paris Opéra-Comique
1947 Opéra Monte-Carlo


Pathé, Paris
Werther (Massenet): Pourquoi me réveiller PDT176 CPTX737-1ER
Roi d'Ys (Lalo): Aubade PDT176 CPTX738

Paul Parmentier (Baritone) (Paris, France 25. 01. 1891 - ?)

He studied singing at the Conservatory of Paris and made his debut at the Opera-Comique in Paris as Scapin in ‘’ l'Irato’’ by J. Mehul. His repertoire included Alfio in ‘’ Cavalleria Rusticana’’, Scharpless in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’, Scarpia in ‘’Tosca’’, Escamillo in ‘’Carmen’’, Lescaut in ‘’Manon’’, Ourrias in ‘’ Mireille’’ etc.

 Chronology of some appearances

1917-1920’s Paris Opera-Comique


Pathé, Paris 1920?
Manon (Massenet): Ne bronchez pas 0235
Grisélidis (Massenet): Loin de sa femme 0236

Paul Lantéri (Baritone) (Antibes, France 1880, 1/12 - Salon de Provence, France 1961, 13/4)

He studied singing at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse and made his debut in a concert at the Casino  de Cannes.  Then he appeared at opera theaters of the South in France. In 1922 he joined to the Opéra-Comique and made his debut in ‘’Carmen’’. In 1923 he became a member of the Grand Opéra in Paris. Here he made his debut as Rigoletto and sang during the following five years the following parts: count di Luna in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, Germont in ‘’La Traviata’’, Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’, Telramund in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Hérode in ‘’Hérodiade’’, Athanaël in ‘’Thaïs’’, Tonio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and the Grand-Prêtre in ’’ Samson et Dalila’’. In 1922 he mde guest appearances at  the Opéra Monte-Carlo and sang there Albert in ‘’Werther’’, Telramund and Valentin in ‘’Faust’’. In 1923 he sang once more at this opera house, now as Telramund and Kurwenal in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’. He performed at the Opéra Monte-Carlo also in two opera premieres: ‘’Les Noces Tragiques’’ of Catargi and ‘’Schyrine’’ of Graefe.

Chronology of some appearances

1922 Paris Opéra-Comique Carmen (Escamillo)
1922 Opéra Monte-CarloWerther (Albert)
1923 Paris Grand Opéra Rigoletto (Rigoletto)


Pathé, Paris 1928 - 1931
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Fille des rois 0682
Traviata (Verdi): Lorsqu'à de folles amours 7216
Patrie (Paladilhe): C'est ici le berceau 7216
Hérodiade (Massenet): Salomé, Salomé, laisse-moi t'aimer 7171
Benvenuto Cellini (Diaz): De l'art splendeur 7171
Hamlet (Thomas): O vin, dissippe la tristesse 7151
Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): C'est toi, pt 1 with Miguel Villabella 7160
Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): C'est toi, pt 2 with Miguel Villabella 7160

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Waldemar Henke (Tenor) (born March 24, 1876 Königsberg/Kaliningrad, Russia; died circa 1945)

First he became an actor and began career in 1896 at the Municipal Theater in Poznan. Then, after short education under the pedagogue Muschler in Berlin he began his opera career in 1898 at the Municipal Theater of Poznan. He remained till 1901 there and then was engaged in the 1901-1911 seasons by the Court Theater in Wiesbaden, where he took part in 1905 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Die Barbarina’’ by Otto Neitzel. The Emperor Wilhelm II, who heard him in Wiesbaden, entered for his appearances at the Berlin Court Opera (1911). At this opera house (since 1918 Berlin State Opera), were he appeared as the first tenor Buffo and character tenor, sang the following parts: David in ‘’Meistersingern’’, Mime im Nibelungenring, Pedrillo in ‘’Entführung aus dem Serail’’, Monostatos in ‘’Zauberflöte’’ and many other parts. In 1911 he took over at the Berlin première of R.Strauss’s opera ‘’Rosenkavalier’’ as Valzacchi. In 1925 he perfomed also in the premiere of Alban Berg’s ‘’Wozzeck’’.  In 1926 he sang in the première of the opera ‘’The Love for Three Oranges’’by S. Prokofiev. In the 1928-1931 seasons he appeared at the Kroll Opera in Berlin. During the 1920’s he guested with the ensemble of the Berlin state opera in Holland, Spain and Switzerland. He joined the German Opera Company puted together by the famous Johanna Gadski and appeared with this opera company during the USA tour as Mime (1928). Beside his work on the stage he was a highly respected concert and oratorio singer (soloist in the 9-th symphony of Beethoven). Since 1936 he worked as stage manager. During the Second World War, together with his friend Cornelis Bronsgeest, he often appeared before German front-line soldiers. In 1944 he went to live in Königsberg. 

Chronology of some appearances

1896-1901 Poznan Municipal Theater
1901-1911Wiesbaden Court Theater
1911-1928 Berlin Court Opera
1928-1931 Berlin Kroll Opera


Lohengrin (Wagner): Gralserzählung B. 3548-II
Lohengrin (Wagner): Lohengrins Ankunft B. 3548-I

Gramophone, Berlin 1912-10-07

Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Johannistag! Johannistag! with von Scheele-Müller & chorus 3-44097 1580ak
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Was macht ihr denn da? with chorus 4-42526 1581ak
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Soldatenchor with chorus 4-42530 1583ak

Gramophone, Berlin 1912-11-12

Muette de Portici (Auber): Schlummerlied  65147 308al
Muette de Portici (Auber): Barcarole with chorus  65147 309al
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): O Colombina (Ständchen) 4-42531 1859ak

Gramophone, Berlin 1913-04-29
Mignon (Thomas): Leb' wohl, Mignon 042412 414al
Barbier von Bagdad (Cornelius): Er kommt, er kommt with van Endert & von Scheele-Müller 044237 413al

Grammophon, Berlin 1915
Siegfried (Wagner): Fühltest du nie im finst'ren Wald with Kraus 3-44124 17833L
Siegfried (Wagner): Folge mir nur with Kraus 3-44125 17834L

Grammophon, Berlin 1915-02
Alessandro Stradella (Flotow): An dem linken Strand des Tiber (Banditen-Duett) with Knüpfer 044274 803m
Fra Diavolo (Auber): Banditen-Duett with Knüpfer 044275  804m

Grammophon, Berlin 1915-04
Siegfried (Wagner): Wir sind zur Stelle with Kraus 3-44121 17703L
Siegfried (Wagner): Doch heisse mich das with Kraus 3-44122 17704L
Undine (Lortzing): Im Wein ist Wahrheit with Knüpfer 3-44123  17713L

Raoul Walter (Tenor) (1865, 16/8, Wien - 1917, 21/8, München)

Son of a famous tenor Gustav Walter (1834-1910), brother of soprano Minna Walter (1863-1901). First he studied jurisprudence and worked short time in the Munich Finanzprokuratur. Then he studied singing under his father and made his debut in 1888 at the Theater in Vienna in as an operetta singer. In 1889 he made his debut at the Municipal Theater in Brünn (Brno) as Lyonel in ‘’Martha’’. In 1891 he joined to the Court Opera of Munich and remained active there up to his death as famed tenor. Here he sang in the following opera premieres: "Zinnober" by Siegmund by Hausegger (1898), "Herzog Wildfang" of Siegfried Wagner (1901), ‘’Le donne curiose’’ by  E. Wolf-Ferrari  as Florindo (27. 11. 1903), ‘’I quattro rusteghi’’ of the same composer (19. 3. 1906). In the 1899-1901 seasons he guested in Russia, among other things appeared at the Court Operas of St. Petersburg and Moscow, also in Liepāja and Jelgava. Other guest performances: Vienna Court  Opera (1894, 1899), Opera House of Frankfurt a. M. (1899-1907), Municipal Theater of Bremen (1894-1901) and Zurich (1896-1897, 1901, 1906), Court Theater of Karlsruhe (1901), Latvian National Opera (1899-1902). If at first he sang the lyric repertoire, later he added to his repertoire Raoul in ‘’Les Huguenots’’, Arnoldo in G. Rossini’s ‘’Wilhelm Tell’’, Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, Lohengrin, Walther von Stolzing in ‘’Meistersingern’’ and Loge in ‘’Rheingold’’. His daughter Maria Walter married the famous tenor Julius Patzak (1898-1974).

Chronology of some appearances

1888-1891 Vienna Theater
1891-1917 Munich Court Opera
1894 Vienna Court  Opera
1894-1901 Bremen Municipal Theater
1896-1897 Zurich Opera
1899 Vienna Court  Opera
1899-1907 Frankfurt a. M. Opera House
1899-1902 Riga Latvian National Opera
1901 Karlsruhe Court Theater
1901 Zurich Opera
1906 Zurich Opera


G&T, München 1907
Juive (Halévy): Recha, als Gott 042141 218s 

Carl Martin Öhman (Oehman) (Tenor) (Floda, Sweden September 4, 1887 - Stockholm, Sweden December 9, 1967)

He was the son of a Lutheran priest. In 1907, after his education at the military academy, he became lieutenant. The same year he studied piano, organ as well as music theory at the Royal conservatoire in Stockholm. Then he received his education as singer under the pedagogue Carl Gentzel in Stockholm. Later he perfected his vocal under the legendary tenor Giuseppe (Jose) Oxilia and Enrico Quadri in Milan. In 1914 he made his debut as concert singer. In 1917 he made his debut as an opera singer at the Stora Teatern in Gothenburg in ‘’Fra Diavolo’’ by  D. Auber. He remained engaged in Gothenburg till 1923, but since 1919  he started to appear also at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. In 1921 he guested as soloist of a Swedish student choir in Berlin and excited the attention of famous conductor Bruno Walter, who transferred a solo part in the oratorio ‘’Samson’’ for him. In 1924 he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Laca in ‘’Jenufa’’ (opposite Maria Jeritza in the title role) by l. Janacek. In 1926, 1929 and 1934 he appeared at the festival of Zoppot in Richard Wagner’s operas. In 1927 and 1929 he was to be heard at the Vienna State Opera. In the 1925-1937 seasons he was a member of the Urban Opera in  Berlin, where he had successful career. He sang there in 1930 in the première of G. Verdi’s ‘’Simon Boccanegra’’, in 1931 in ‘’Don of Carlos’’. In 1928 he made guest appearances at Covent Garden in London as Tannhäuser and Walther von Stolzing in ‘’Meistersingern’’. At the end of the 1930’s he appeared in Stockholm and Gothenburg as prince Sou-Chong in F. Lehár’s operetta ‘’Das Land des Lächelns’’. In the 1927-1941 seasons he guested over and over again in Stockholm. As a concert singer in 1927 and 1929 he made successful appearances in Paris and in 1935 in Amsterdam. In 1937 he officially finished his career, however, again appeared at the concert hall, in 1940 in Amsterdam in ‘’Lied von der Erde’’ by Gustav Mahler. Later he taught singing in Stockholm, where among other things he was the teacher of Nicolai Gedda and Martti Talvela. In 1927 he received the Swedish order ‘’Litteris et artibus’’ and in 1933 appointed the Swedish court singer. From 1928 to 1943 he married the soprano Isobel Ghasal-Öhman (1896-1989), who had a successful opera concert career.

Chronology of some appearances

1917-1923 Gothenburg Stora Teatern
1919-1941 Stockholm Royal Opera
1924 New York Metropolitan Opera
1925-1937 Berlin Urban Opera
1927 Vienna State Opera
1928 London Covent Garden
1929 Vienna State Opera


Parlophon, Berlin 1926-02-12
 Tosca (Puccini): Hah! Geleit für Floria Tosca with Seinemeyer P2219-I 2-8583
 Tosca (Puccini): Wisse, nah' ist die Stunde with Seinemeyer P2219-II 2-8584

Odeon, Berlin 1926-10-07
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Geliebter, spare den Zorn with Bettendorf, Lüders & Bohnen O-8708a /xxB7518
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Jerum! Jerum! with Bettendorf, Bohnen & Schützendorf O-8708b xxB7519

Odeon, Berlin 1926-11-09
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Morgenlich leuchtend O-8702a xxB7582
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Am stillen Herd O-8702b xxB7583

Parlophon/Odeon, Berlin 1927-12-20
Lohengrin (Wagner): In fernem Land P9805-I 2-20524
Lohengrin (Wagner): Mein lieber Schwan P9805-II 2-20525

Erik Sjøberg (Tenor) (1909, 31/10, Nexø, Bornholm - 1973 8/11 Rønne, Bornholm)

From 1932 to 1937 he studied singing under the famous tenor Vilhelm herold and he was a pupil of the Royal Opera School in Copenhagen. In 1937 he made his debut in Copenhagen as Silvio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and at the same time sang also the prologue. After additional education with Holger Byrding (1938-1942) he switched from baritone to tenor end completed his studies in 1943 with Joseph Hislop in Stockholm. In 1944 he made his second debut, now as tenor, at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen as Don José in ‘’Carmen’’. Until 1962 he was a member of this famous Danish opera house, where his repertoire included Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Walther in ‘’Meistersingern’’, Pedro in ‘’Tiefland’’, Lohengrin, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and Peter Grimes in the opera of the same name by Benjamin Britten. He made guest appearances at the Wiener Staatsoper (1952) and at the Royal Opera in Stockholm (1954). Till 1962 he remained a member of the Royal Opera in Copenhagen.

Chronology of some appearances

1944-1962 Copenhagen Royal Opera
1952 Wiener Staatsoper
1954 Stockholm Royal Opera


Polydor, København 1948-05-24
Tornerose (Heise) Kongesønnens romance HA70024  HDK2590
Renaissance (Lange-Müller) Serenade HA70024 HDK2592

Polydor, København 1951-06-16
Jâ va lidijn horra (Mortensen) X51503 HDK2996
Hun mig har glemt (Mortensen) X51504 HDK2997
Til våren (Mortensen) X51504 HDK2998
Midt uda i salten Østersjø (Andersen) X51503 HDK2999