Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Luigi Abrate (Tenor) ( Pistoia 1888 - Milan 1931)

During of his career, which started approximately in 1910 he sang in operettas as well as in opera performaces often appearing in Parma.

Chronology of some appearances

1913 Parma  Politeama Reinach La principessa dei dollari, opera comica (Leo Fall) with Gea Della Garisenda and Valentino Giorda
1916 Parma Politeama Reinach operetta Il signore del tassametro (Alberto Randegger jr) with Giulia Bassi and Armando Fineschi
1922 Parma Teatro Regio Dejanice (Alfredo Catalani) with Olga Perugini and Giuseppe Noto
1922 Parma Teatro Regio La figlia del re (Adriano Lualdi)  with Ester Mazzoleni and Apollo Granfrote
1925 Parma  Politeama Reinach Mazurka bleu operetta (Franz Lehar) with Gina Vidach and Enrico Dezan



Columbia, Milano 1921/1922
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si, ben mio D 4899 70407
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): Duetto, p1 with Giuseppina Baldassare Tedeschi 70844
Piccolo Marat (Mascagni): Duetto, p2 with Giuseppina Baldassare Tedeschi 70845
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Improvviso D17548 74832
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Come un bel di di maggio D17548 74833

Columbia, Milano 1923?
Scugnizza (Costa): Bada Salome with Ines Talamo D5014 B13

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Irene Abendroth (Soprano) ( Lviv, Ukraine 1872 - Weidling, Vienna 1932)

Her parents were jewish. She showed quite early a special musical talent. At the age of eight she already appeared in a concert, then studied singing under Francesco Lamperti and Campanini in Milan, with Mampe-Babnigg and Aurelie Wilczek in Wien. In 1888 she made her concert debut in Karlsbad. Her opera debut was happened in 1889 at the Hofoper in Wien as Amina in ‘’La Sonnambula’’. In the 1889-1890 season she appeared at the Hofoper in Wien, from 1890 to 1891 season at the Latvijas Nacionālā Opera in Riga, in the 1891-1894 seasons at the Hofoper in München, from 1894 to 1899 seasons again at the Hofoper in Wien, where she performed in the premiere of the opera ‘’Das Heimchen am Herd’’ by Goldmark (21. 3. 1896). Since 1899 she was engaged by the the Hofoper in Dresden, where her career lasted till 1909 and reached her climax. She made guest appearances at the Hofopern of Berlin (several times between 1905 and 1907) and Stuttgart, at the Opernhaus in Frankfurt a.M. (1907), at the Deutschen Theater in Prag (1907) and at the Opernhaus in Leipzig. In Dresden she sang in 1902 in the German première of G. Puccini’s ‘’Tosca’’, on 30. 10. 1903 she took part there in the premiere of the opera ‘’Odysseus Tod’’ by August Bungert. Later she still appeared in the concert hall, however, worked since 1910 in Vienna as vocal pedagogue. Since 1900 she was married to Austrian Federal Railroad manager Thomas Joseph Taller, but during the inflation, after the First World War, she lost nearly her whole property and lived in poor relations in Vienna. She found her last place of rest on the cemetery of Weidling, not far from the grave of the poet Nikolaus Lenau. Her repertoire included Norma, Traviata, Philine in ‘’Mignon’’of A. Thomas, Rosina in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Donna Elvira in ‘’ Don Giovanni’’, Isabella in ‘’Robert le Diable’’, Marguerite de Valois in ‘’Les Huguenots’’, Selika in L’ Africaine’’, Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Leonora in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, Amelia in ‘’Un Ballo in maschera’’, Desdemona in ‘’Otello’’, Nedda in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and Rezia in ‘’Oberon’’. In 1902 she made 11 records for G&T in Dresden.

Chronology of some appearances

1889-1890 Wien Hofoper
1890-1891 Latvijas Nacionālā Opera
1891-1894 München Hofoper
1894-1899 Wien Hofoper
1899 Dresden Hofoper
1905 Berlin Hofoper
1907 Frankfurt a.M. Opernhaus
1907 Prag Deutschen Theater


G&T, Dresden 1902
Trovatore (Verdi): Ein unnennbares Sehnen 43243 766x
Semiramide (Rossini): Bel raggio lusinghier (It) 43244 767x
Mignon (Thomas): Titania ist herabgestiegen (Polonaise) 43245x 768½x
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): O glücklich Land 43249 787½x
Vergebliches Ständchen (Brahms) 43038 2286B
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Arie der Rosine, pt 2 43250 795x

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fulgenzio Abela (Tenor) (Barcelona 1880 - Buenos Aires ?)

He studied singing in Buenos Aires under the Spanish conductor Ivan Goula (who also taught, among others, Blanchart, Viñas, and Palet). Abela’s first performances seem to have been in Buenos Aires in ‘’Lucrezia Borgia’’ and ‘’Dolores’’ (Bretón). The same year he appeared at the Liceo, Barcelona, in ‘’La Favorita’’ and ‘’Mefistofele’’. During the following two decades he sang with considerable success in Italy (Torino, Trevisio, the Dal Verme in Milano, Genova, the Costanzi in Roma and so on) as well as at the Colón in Buenos Aires (1910), Chile, Spain, and Greece. Abela’s repertoire included the principal tenor roles in ‘’La Traviata’’, ‘’Adriana Lecouvreur’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’Tosca’’, ‘’Faust’’, ‘’Boris Godounov’’, ‘’Amico Fritz’’, and a number of other operas and zarzuelas. His last years were spent in Buenos Aires and died there, in Ramos Mejia Hospital by an gastrointestinal bleeding.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Buenos Aires Politeama Argentino Lucrezia Borgia (Gennaro)
1905  Barcelona Teatro Liceo Favorita (Fernando)
1906 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Dolores di T.Breton (Lazzaro)
1906 Santiago del Cile Teatro Municipal Mignon (Guglielmo)
1907 Ferrara Teatro Comunale Faust (Faust)
1908 Corfu Teatro Nuovo Manon (De Grieux)
1909 Madrid Teatro Reale Margarita la Tornera di R.Chapi
1910 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1911 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Bianca de Beaulieu di C.Siattesi (Marceau)
1912 Pistoia Teatro Manzoni Fedora (Loris)
1913  Firenze Politeama Nazionale I Lombardi Alla Prima Crociata (Oronte)
1914 Pavia Teatro Fraschini Amico Fritz (Fritz)
1915 Milano Teatro Carcano Rigoletto (Duca)
1916 Milano Teatro Fossati Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1917 Milano Teatro Carcano Mignon (Guglielmo)
1918 Roma Teatro Costanzi Mefistofele (Faust)
1919 Rovigo Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1920 Desenzano sul Garda Teatro Alberti Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1922 Este Politeama Boheme (Rodolfo)
1923 Chioggia Teatro Garibaldi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Piacenza Teatro Municipale Dannazione di Faust (Faust)



ColumbiaSpain 1906?
Marina (Arrieta): Brindisi C468 22512 
Marina (Arrieta): Feliz morada 22513

Edison 2-min cylinders, Italy 1912-07-02
Manon (Massenet): Ah! dispar vision Unpubl. 44905

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Georges Felisaz (Tenor) (Casteljaloux, France 14 Jul 1881 - ?)

In 1910's he appeared in Lyon (Grand Théatre), Monpellier (Théâtre Municipal) and Havre (Grand Thêatre) as Duca in  ''Rigoletto'' by G. Verdi, Werther in J. Massenet's ''Werther'' and as De Grieux in ''Manon'' of the same composer. 

Chronology of some appearances

Lyon Grand-Théatre
Monpellier Théâtre Municipal
Havre Grand Thêatre


Edison 4-min cylinders, Paris 1909?
Myrella la jolie (Berniaux) BA 27044
Rêverie du soir bleu  18133
Mireille (Gounod): Anges du paradis 17065 BA 27052

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