Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 20, 2024








First he studied in Bucharest, then under Ernesto Colli and Manlio Bavagnoli in Milan. He made his debut in 1912 at the Teatro Sociale in Salò as Silvio in ''Pagliacci''. He was promoted by the famous baritone Mattia Battistini and appeared in 1913 at the Teatro Regio in Turin as Amonasro in ''Aida''. In 1914 he created for Palermo the role of Amfortas in ''Parsifal''. After outbreak of the First World War he went back to his native roumanian country, sang there in Bucharest and Jassy as well as in 1917 in Odessa. In 1919 he belonged in Bucharest to the founders of the Roumanian National Opera in which he was celebrated in roles like Rigoletto, Scarpia, Amonasro and Don Giovanni. In 1921 he made guest appearances in Brescia and Ferrara and then belonged in the 1921-1930 seasons to the most popular singers of the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. In Italy he sang under the name Giovanni Atanasio. In the 1923-1925 seasons, as a partner of Roumanian tenor  Trajan Grosavescu, he appeared with great success at the Vienna People's Opera. He also sang at the Berlin State Opera as a guest. He died at the height of his career from typhoid fever.


Chronology of some appearances


1912 Salò Teatro Sociale Pagliacci (Silvio)

1913 Turin Teatro Regio Aida (Amonasro) 

1914 Palermo (-) Parsifal (Amfortas)

1917 Odessa Teatro Municipale (-)

1923 Roma Teatro Costanzi Tristan und Isolde (Kurwenal)





1. Ballo in maschera (Verdi) Alla vita che t'arride 03578 Vox, Berlin 1926

2. Ballo in maschera (Verdi) Eri tu 03579 Vox, Berlin 1926

3. Carmen (Bizet) Con voi ber Odeon, Bukarest 1920's

4. Cei doi grenadiri (Schumann) XX127411 xxJo1524 Odeon, Bukarest 1920's

5. Cinen'are dor XX127411 xxJo1525 Odeon, Bukarest 1920's

6. Crucifix (Faure) AA17522 xxJo1948 Odeon, Bukarest 1920's

7. Ernani (Verdi) Ihr holden Frühlingsträume (It) 03579 Vox, Berlin 1926

8. Faust (Gounod) Avant de quitter ces lieux 03576 2750A Vox, Berlin 1926

9. Faust (Gounod) Dio possente (Valentins Gebet) 03576 2750A Vox, Berlin 1926

10. Forza del destino (Verdi) Solenne in quest'ora with Costa Milona 04177 2745A Vox, Berlin 1926

11. Noaptea (Tchaikovsky) AA17522 xxJo1949 Odeon, Bukarest 1920's

12. Rigoletto (Verdi) Cortigiani, vil razza dannata 03578 Vox, Berlin 1926

13. Tosca (Puccini) Sei la gurata fede 03576 2750B Vox, Berlin 1926

14. Traviata (Verdi) Di Provenza 03576 2748A Vox, Berlin 1926

15. Visione Venziana (Brogi) A199213b Odeon, Bukarest 1920's







He trained at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and made his debut in 1882 at the Teatro Politeama in Florence and after 1897 sang regularly in leading dramatic Italian roles at La Scala. In 1898 he appeared at the opera house of Odessa, in 1902 at the German Theatre in Prague. In 1890 he appeared with success as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ at the Teatro Pagliano in Firenze. He had around the turn of the century a significant success in all Italian major opera houses. In 1907 He made guest appearances in San Francisco and Los Angeles and also appeared in Buenos Aires. In 1910 he retired from the opera stage and taught in Rome.


Chronology of some appearances


1885 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Trovatore (Manrico)

1885 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Poliuto (Poliuto)

1885 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Norma (Pollione)

1885 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Favorita (Fernando)

1886 Modena  Teatro Municipale Don Carlo (Carlo)

1887 Genova  Teatro Carlo Felice Don Carlo (Carlo)

1887 Modena  Teatro Municipale Ugonotti (Raoul)

1888 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Trovatore (Manrico)

1889 Montevideo  Teatro Ciblis Trovatore (Manrico)

1889 Parma Teatro Regio Don Carlo (Carlo)

1890 Firenze  Teatro Pagliano Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)

1890 Parma  Teatro Regio Ernani (Ernani)

1890  La Spezia  Politeama Duca di Genova Ugonotti (Raoul)

1891 Palermo  Politeama Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)

1891 Firenze  Teatro Pagliano Trovatore (Manrico)

1891 Roma  Teatro Nazionale  Trovatore (Manrico)

1892 Berlino  Kroll Theater Otello (Otello)

1892 Firenze  Politeama Fiorentino Trovatore (Manrico)

1893  Bucarest  Teatro Nazionale Ugonotti (Raoul)

1894 Bucarest  Teatro Nazionale Lohengrin (Lohengrin)

1894 Genova  Politeama Genovese Carmen (Don Jose)

1894 Genova  Politeama Genovese Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)

1895 Trieste  Teatro Verdi Don Carlo (Carlo)

1895 Buenos Ayres  Opera Ernani (Ernani)

1895 Buenos Ayres  Teatro dell'Opera Otello (Otello)

1896 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Otello (Otello)

1896 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Ugonotti (Raoul)

1897 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Don Carlo (Carlo)

1898 Odessa  Teatro Municipale Andrea Chenier (Chenier)

1898 Odessa  Teatro Municipale Otello (Otello)

1900 Firenze  Teatro Pagliano Ernani (Ernani)

1901 Livorno  Teatro Goldoni Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)

1901 Roma  Teatro Adriano Guglielmo Tell (Guglielmo)

1902  Berlino  Teatro Kroll Ernani (Ernani)

1903 Livorno  Teatro Goldoni Guglielmo Tell (Guglielmo)

1904 Alessandria d'Egitto  Teatro Alcazar Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)

1904  Alessandria d'Egitto  Teatro Alcazar Gioconda (Enzo)

1905  Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Don Carlo (Carlo)

1906  Livorno  Politeama Gioconda (Enzo)

1907 Costantinopoli  Teatro Petit Champs Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)

1907 Costantinopoli  Teatro Petit Champs Otello (Otello)

1907 Los Angeles  Mason Auditorium Otello (Otello)

1907 San Francisco  Chutes Theater Pagliacci (Canio)

1907 Berkley  Hearst Greek Theater  Pagliacci (Canio)

1908  St.Louis  Odeon Theater Otello (Otello)

1909 Torino  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Gioconda (Enzo)

1910 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Don Carlo (Carlo)

1910 Roma  Teatro Adriano Don Carlo (Carlo)

1911 Venezia  Teatro La Fenice Ernani (Ernani)

1911 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Ernani (Ernani)





Gramophone, Milano 1908-05

1. Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Scrissa una lettera (w. Cigada) 54386 11199b

2. Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Nei pieghi del sudario (w. de Frate) 54374 11200b

3. Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Sui vanni suoi (w. de Frate) 054232 1466½c

4. Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Ah! Patria infame (w. de Frate) 054231 1467c

5. Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Stanco, spossato, arresta! 052253 1469c

6. Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Tu sola a me rimani, o poesia 2-52668 11210b

7. Chatterton (Leoncavallo): Di lagrime mio malgrado 052255 1472c

8. Chatterton (Leoncavallo): E un pane mi chiedeva 052254 1473c

9. Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 052231 1478c

10. Trovatore (Verdi): Ah, si ben mio 2-52669 11235b

11. Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri monti (w. Pietracewska) 054210 1486½c

12. Prophète (Meyerbeer): Pastorale 052229 1491c

13. Aida (Verdi): Fuggiam gli ardori (w. de Frate) 054213 1492c

14. Guillaume Tell (Rossini): O muto asil 052230 1493c








First he studied at the Conservatory of Barcelona with Gonzalo Tintorer, then with Goula. He made his debut in 1888 at Mataro. In the same year he made his debut at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona as Lohengrin with great success. In 1889 Viñas already appeared at La Scala in Milan again as Lohengrin with triumph. In the following years he performed at the principal Italian theaters like Teatro Regio in Turin and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa addiding to his repertoire ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, ‘’Mefistofele’’ and ’’Africana’’. In 1893 Viñas made his debut at Covent Garden in London. The next year he made his debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. In 1895 he appeared for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In the same year he went to Genoa to substitute the tenor Giovanni Battista De Negri in ‘’Tannhauser’’. In 1897 he was in Rome, where he sang at the Teatro Costanzi. In 1904 Viñas appeared at La Scala in A. Franchetti’s ‘’Germania’’. In 1908 he guested at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon, where he sang in ‘’Tristan e Isolda’’. In 1913 together with Margot Kaftal, Cesare Formichi and Vincenzo Bettoni, he sang the role of  Parsifal at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona. In 1916 he returned to the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona to appear in ‘’Tannhäuser’’. In 1918 he sang fot the last time on the opera stage (Teatro Liceo, Barcelona) in J. Manen’s opera ‘’Acte’’. Viñas married Giulia Novelli, a mezzo-soprano with whom he had sung ‘’Carmen’’ in Palermo (1892). Viñas also sang the role of Turiddu in the first performance of P. Mascagni's ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana‘’ in England (1893). He had a powerful heroic tenor voice and was thought to be the successor to the superb Spanish tenor Julián Gayarre.

Chronology of some appearances

1889 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1890 Torino Teatro Regio Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1891 Genova  Teatro Carlo Felice Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1892 Palermo  Politeama Carmen (Don Jose)
1892 Catania  Teatro Bellini Mefistofele (Faust)
1896 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Carmen (Don Jose)
1903 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1903 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Germania (Federico)
1903 Pistoia  Teatro Manzoni Germania (Federico)
1904 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Germania (Federico)
1905 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Gioconda (Enzo)
1906 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlo Carmen (Don Jose)
1906 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Gioconda (Enzo)
1907 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1910 Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Don Carlo (Carlo) 





G&T, Milano 1903-10?

1. Germania (Franchetti): Studenti udite 52735 Con133R

2. Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 052007 Con520R

3. Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner): Dall'alba tinto 052008 Con521R

4. Walkure (Wagner): Canto della primavera 052013 Con522R

5. Lohengrin (Wagner): Prova maggior 052001 Con529R

6. Lohengrin (Wagner): Da voi lontan 052002 Con531R

7. Lohengrin (Wagner): S’ei torna alfin 052005 Con 527R

8. Africaine (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 052004 Con532R


Fonotipia, Milano 1905-02

9. Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 39136 XPh161

10. Donna Clara (Gastaldon) 39137 XPh163

11. Mi Nina (Guetary) 39122 XPh164

12. La Partida (Mandeno) 39123 XPh165

13. Africaine (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 39134 XPh170

14. Se ti dicessi (Stornello) (Amadei) 39135 XPh181

15. Lorenza (Mascheroni): E tu mia giovinezza 39131 XPh182


Fonotipia, Milano 1906-09-27

16. A Granada (Alvarez) 39814 XPh2069


Fonotipia, Milano 1906-09-28

17. Lohengrin (Wagner): Di non t'incantan 39853 XPh2080

18. Un pleito (Gaztambide) 39813 XPh2082


Fonotipia, Milano 1906-09-29

19. Maria (Guetary) 39794 XPh2091

20. Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner): Dall'alba tinto 74020 XXPh2092

21. Lohengrin (Wagner): Da voi lontano (Racconto del Graal) 74019 XXPh2093


Fonotipia, Milano 1906-10-01

22. La Partida (Mandeno) 39123 XPh2100

23. Mi Nina (Guetary) 39122 XPh2101

24. Prophete (Meyerbeer): Sopra Berta 39805 XPh2102


Fonotipia, Milano 1906-10-02

25. Lohengrin (Wagner): Cigno gentil 39806 XPh2104


Fonotipia, Milano 1907-05-13

26. Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti): Di pescator ignobile 39854 XPh2643

27. Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Ma se m'e forza 62083 XPh2644

28. Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre 62082 XPh2645

29. Lili (Guetary) 62084 XPh2646

30. Carmen (Bizet): Romanza del fiore 62085 XPh2650


Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-10

31. Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner): Nel verno al pie 92338 XPh3616

32. Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner): Dall'alba tinto 92339 XPh3617


Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-11

33. Lohengrin (Wagner): Di, non t'incantan 92340 XPh3618

34. Lohengrin (Wagner): Prova maggior 92341 XPh3619

35. Lohengrin (Wagner): Da voi lontan 74124 XXPh3620

36. Lohengrin (Wagner): Cigno fedel Pt 1 92342 XPh3622

37. Lohengrin (Wagner): Cigno fedel Pt 2 92343 XPh3623

38. Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 92344 XPh3624


Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-12

39. Africaine (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 92345 XPh3626

40. Walkure (Wagner): Canto della primavera 92351 XPh3627


Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-13

41. Prophete (Meyerbeer): Sopra Berta 92349 XPh3630

42. Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar 92348 XPh3631

43. Germania (Franchetti): Studenti udite! 92346 XPh3632


Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-14

44. Aida (Verdi): Pur ti riveggo (w. Mazzoleni) 74117 XXPh3637

45. Aida (Verdi): Fuggiam gli ardori (w. Mazzoleni) 74118 XXPh3638

46. Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre addio 92350 XPh3639

47. Carmen (Bizet): Romanza del fiore 92947 XPh3640

48. Germania (Franchetti): No non chiuder 92347 XPh3641


Fonotipia, Milano 1908-11-16

49. Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Wagner): Dall'alba tinto 74123 XXPh3646


Fonotipia, Barcelona 1911-09

50. Mefistofele (Boito): Giunto sul passo estremo 92878 XPh4760

51. Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar 92948 XPh4764

52. Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi 92877 XPh4765

53. Tannhauser (Wagner): Inno a Venere 92897 XPh4766

54. Tannhauser (Wagner): Col cor contrito 92898 XPh4767

55. Tannhauser (Wagner): A Roma quindi 92899 XPh4768

56. Tannhauser (Wagner): Gustato hai tu 92900 XPh4769


Fonotipia, Barcelona? 1912-10-03

57. In riva al mare (Filiasi) ("dedicated to the celebrated artist by composer") 69123 XPh4900

58. O Primavera (Tirindelli) 69122 XPh4901

59. Rienzi (Wagner): O Padre Santo 69093 XPh4902

60. Rienzi (Wagner): O Dio non cessi 69094 XPh4903

61. Parsifal (Wagner): Colа m'appar il calice unpubl 69088 XPh4904

62. Parsifal (Wagner): Si, questa voce tal gli suono 69089 XPh4905

63. Tannhauser (Wagner): Lodar tu devi il Dio (w. Alessandrovich) 69096 XPh4906

64. Tannhauser (Wagner): Preghiera 69095 XPh4907

65. Parsifal (Wagner): Si, salvo e assolto 69090 XPh4908

66. Parsifal (Wagner): Amfortas! 69087 XPh4909

67. Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Su noi discendi (w. Alessandrovich) 69097 XPh4910

68. Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Celasi il sol (w. Alessandrovich) 69098 XPh4912

69. Africaine (Meyerbeer): O Paradiso 69121 XPh4913

70. El Lucero del Alba (Caballero) 69127 XPh4914

71. Ensaijo de Lios (Coto) 69128 XPh4915

72. Los ojos negros (Alvarez) 69129 XPh4916

73. El Milagro de la Virgen (Chapi y Pina Dominguez): Aria 69130 XPh4917

74. Serenata (Mascagni) 69124 XPh4918

75. 76. Il Franco Cacciatore (Weber): No, piu soffrir 69125, 69126, XPh4919, XPh4951









She studied singing with Carignani in Milan. Her stage debut took place in 1900 at the Teatro Costanzi of Rome as Suzel in P. Mascagni’s ‘’Lamico Fritz’’, while the famous tenor Fernando De Lucia sang the role of Fritz. In the same season they also appeared together in G. Puccini’s ‘Boheme’’. During the  following 15 years she performed with success not only at the famous Italian opera houses, but also in South American theatres. Among her best roles were Violetta in "La Traviata", Tosca, Mimi in ‘’Boheme’’ and Manon in ‘’Manon Lescaut’’.


Chronology of some appearances


1900 Roma Teatro Costanzi Amico Fritz (Suzel)

1902 Carrara Teatro Degli Animosi Manon Lescaut (Manon)

1904 Milano Teatro Lirico Traviata (Violetta)

1906 Ferrara Teatro Comunale Mefistofele (Margherita/Elena)

1908 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Traviata (Violetta)

1910 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Traviata (Violetta)

1912Varsavia Teatro Imperiale Stagione

1913 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Traviata (Violetta)





1. Manon (Massenet) Fanciulla, il vostro nome (w. Ventura) Fonotipia 39552 XPh1690

2. Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) Ma dunque e vero (w. Krismer) 92573 XPh 3960 Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-21

3. Damnation de Faust (Berlioz) Angelo mio (w. Krismer) 92574 XPh3961 Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-21

4. Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) La dolcissima effigie (w. Krismer) 92578 XPh 3977 Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-23

5. Traviata (Verdi) Parigi, o cara (w. Krismer) 92597 XPh 3983 Fonotipia, Milano 1909-06-24

6. Traviata (Verdi) Prendi, quest'è l'immagine (w. Krismer & Corradetti) Fonotipia 92598 XPh4030

7. Amico Fritz (Mascagni) Bel cavaliere Fonotipia 92576 XPh3987

8. Bohème (Leoncavallo) Mimì Pinson Fonotipia 92575 XPh3986

9. Lasciali dir tu m'ami (Quaranta) Fonotipia 39531 XPh1692

10. Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) Poveri fiori Fonotipia 39530 XPh1687

11. Wally (Catalani) Ebben, ne andro lontana Gramophone 053303 02334v

12. Amico Fritz (Mascagni) Han della porpora (w. Krismer) Gramophone 054465 720aj

13. Traviata (Verdi) Addio del passato HMV 053304

14. Traviata (Verdi) Morir si giovane (w. Conforti) 054381 02335v Gramophone, Milano 1912-03-05

15. Mefistofele (Boito) Spunta l'aurora (w. Bettoni & chorus) 054385 02345v Gramophone, Milano 1912-03-06








She was a pupil of pedagogues de Roxas and Platania at the Naples Conservatory. In 1893 she made her debut at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna as Margherita in ‘’Vandea’’ by F. Clementi. Already in 1894 she appeared at La Scala in Milan as Iguamota in ‘’Cistoforo Colombo’’ by A. Franchetti.


Chronology of some appearances


1893 Bologna Teatro Comunale Vandea di F. Clementi (Margherita)

1894 Milano Teatro La Scala Cristoforo Colombo di A. Franchetti (Iguamota)

1895 Milano Teatro Lirico Manon (Manon)

1896 Ferrara Teatro Comunale I Rantzau (Luisa)

1897 Bari Teatro Piccinni Boheme (Mimì)

1898 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Aida (Aida)

1899 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Mefistofele (Margherita)

1900 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Mimì)

1902 Milano Teatro La Scala Requiem di G. Verdi

1903 Milano Teatro La Scala Asrael di A. Franchetti (Nefta)

1905 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Iris (Iris)

1907 Pesaro Teatro Rossini Traviata (Violetta)

1909 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Guglielmo Ratcliff (Maria)

1911 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Aida (Aida)

1913 Roma Teatro Adriano Antigone di C. Cataldi

1919 Mantova Teatro Andreani Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)





1. Fanciulla del West (Puccini) Oh! Se sapeste Columbia D9307 41864

2. Iris (Mascagni) La piovra Columbia D9297 41877

3. Lohengrin (Wagner) Sola nei miei primi anni Columbia D4439 41876

4. Occhi turchini (Denza) Fonotipia 62294 XPh3048

5. Fanciulla del West (Puccini) Laggiù nel Soledad Columbia D9307 41861

6. Fiore di siepe (de Falco) Fonotipia 62295 XPh3054

7. Iris (Mascagni) S'era ammalata Columbia D9297 41878

8. Lohengrin (Wagner) Aurette a cui spesso Columbia D4439 41875

9. Manon (Massenet) Ancor son io Columbia D4440 41866

10. Manon (Massenet) Ancor son io tutt'attonita Fonotipia 62528 XPh4293

11. Manon (Massenet) Guizzar vid' io due bianche stelle Columbia D4440 41865

12. Manon (Massenet) Or via Manon Fonotipia 62527 XPh4292

13. Manon Lescaut (Puccini) L'ora o tirsi Columbia D9306 41860

14. Manon Lescaut (Puccini) Sola perduta abbandonata Columbia D9306 41862

15. Tosca (Puccini) Vissi d'arte Fonotipia 92819 XPh3008


Jul 19, 2024





From 1895 to 1896 she appeared at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, later she sang in Milan, Buenos Aires (1907-8), Paris (Grand Opera, 1910), Warsaw (1910), Moscow (sang both at the Solodovnikov and  Zimin Opera Theatres as Gilda, Juliet and Rosina with Mattia Battistini), she also appeared in Kiev (1916), Rome (1916) and Petrograd (1916-17). Her best roles where Margherita (''Faust''), Margherita Di Valois (''Gli Ugonotti'') and  Gilda (''Rigoletto'').


Chronology of some appearances


1902 Milano Teatro dei Filodrammatici Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)

1903 Perugia Teatro Morlacchi Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)

1904 Parma Teatro Regio Ugonotti (Regina)

1905 Livorno Politeama Rigoletto (Gilda)

1906 Penne Teatro Comunale Faust (Margherita)

1907 Nice Jetee Promenade Sonnambula (Amina

1908 San Paolo Teatro Municipal Stagione Compagnia Tornesi

1909 Firenze Polietama Fiorentino Rigoletto (Gilda)

1910 Londra Teatro Kingsway Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina

1911 Molfetta Politeama Attanasio Traviata (Violetta)

1912 Crema Teatro Sociale Faust (Margherita)

1915 Odessa Teatro Municipale Concerto





1. Dinorah (Meyerbeer) Ombra leggiera 781 Phonodisc, Milano 1912/1913

2. Don Pasquale (Donizetti) Quel guardo cavaliere 37200 Xm494 Odeon, Milano 1906

3. Elisir d'amore (Donizetti) Prendi per me sei libero 37330 Xm495 Odeon, Milano 1906

4. Ernani (Verdi) Ernani, involami 82579 Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1911/1912

5. Fra Diavolo (Auber) Or son sola... Si suon del tamburin 37299, 37300 Odeon, Milano 1906

6. 7. Guglielmo Tell (Rossini) Selva opaca 82578 Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1911/1912

8. Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti) O luce di quest'anima 786 Phonodisc, Milano 1912/1913

9. Mignon (Thomas) Io son Titania 37288 xm 624 Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1906

10. Puritani (Bellini) Nel mirarti (w. Gherlinzoni) 110103 Odeon, Milano 1911

11. Puritani (Bellini) Vieni, vieni fra queste braccia (w. Gherlinzoni) 110104 Odeon, Milano 1911

12. Rigoletto (Verdi) Lassu in cielo (w. Formichi) E 2048 Columbia, Milano 1912

13. Rigoletto (Verdi) Lassù in cielo (w. Rimini) 82556 Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1911/1912

14. Rigoletto (Verdi) Piangi fanciulla (w. Formichi) E 2048 Columbia, Milano 1912

15. Rigoletto (Verdi) Piangi, piangi fanciulla (w. Rimini) 82487 Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1911/1912

16. Rigoletto (Verdi) Quartetto, pt 1 (w. De Neri, Tegani & Principe) A82549 Mo689 Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1911/1912

17. Rigoletto (Verdi) Quartetto, pt 2 (w. De Neri, Tegani & Principe) A82550 Mo690 Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1911/1912

18. Rigoletto (Verdi) Si, vendetta (w. Formichi) D5517 11296 Columbia, Milano 1912

19. Rigoletto (Verdi) Tutte le feste al tempio 13221 Odeon, Milano

20. 21. Sonnambula (Bellini) Come per me sereno ... Sovra il sen la man D 4274 10993, D 4274 10995 Columbia, Milano 1910

22. Sonnambula (Bellini) Come per me sereno 82494 Mo604 Odeon, Milano 1911

23. Traviata (Verdi) Brindisi (w. Bendinelli) D 4337 11273 Columbia, Milano 1912

24. Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) Celasi il sol (w. Vinas) 69098 XPh  4912 Fonotipia, Milano 1912-10-07

25. Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) Su noi discendi (w. Vinas) 69097 XPh 4911 Fonotipia, Milano 1912-10-07








Athanasios Frederick Ferendinos was born in Cardiff on the 27th of November 1919 to his Greek father,Efthimios Ferendinos (Master Mariner in the Merchant Navy) and his Canton-born mother, Florence E. Lewis. Tano’s initial stay in Cardiff was brief because when he was four years old he moved with his parents and older sister Marjory (born in Cardiff on 23 February 1913) to the Greek Island of Ithaca, where he spent his formative years. Early in 1947 he returned to Wales where he was introduced via his agent to EMI records. Gigli, having listened, to him in a recording session acknowledged him as a future star. George Polyzoides refers to the fact that Tano held, as a prized possession, a signed photograph of Gigli with the dedication “to my successor”. EMI’s record sales department, realizing that they had a tenor with a “voice of beautiful quality”, signed him up on 27 November 1947.During this period he appeared at Alexandra Palace in concert with Geraldo and his dance band, sang at the Albert Hall and made his first record on the Columbia label. The Columbia contract was replaced by an HMV contract in 1950 but by this time Tano was studying in Italy and planning to travel to Argentina so the contract lapsed. Between 1947-1955, he made over twenty recordings. His multi-layer career began to blossom. He was a regular performer on radio, appearing, for example with Albert Sandler and the Palm Court Orchestra on a BBC Light Programme concert broadcast. In the 1950’s he appeared with the Jimmy Campbell Orchestra and sang with Fred Alexander and his players on the Light Programme on 28th of October 1950. He toured the UK with a production of Lilac Time: for instance, at the Leeds Empire, the Bristol Hippodrome, the Grand Theatre and the WolverHampton. When he picked up his career in Athens and started performing it was a difficult time for Tano due to the lack of success and the behavior of his compatriots contributed to the end of his career and left a residue of bitterness that remains to this day. To provide to for his family he worked from home as an English tutor and in leisure time he honed his artistic talents as a painter and sculptor .Ultimately, health problems, including diabetes, took their toll and he died in Athens, on 2nd July 1993 age 73.





1. L'Arlesiana (Cilea): È la solita storia del pastore

2. L'elisir d’amore (Donizetti): Una Furtiva Lagrima

3. Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Bizet): Je crois entendre encore (BBC Symphony Orchestra)

4. Martha (Flotow): Ach, So Fromm

5. Tou Kitsou I Mana (Papasideris)

6. Marie (Rogers)

7. L'Arlesiana (Cilea): È la solita storia del pastore (New London Opera Orchestra)

8. La Favorite (Donizetti): Ange si pur

9. Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Bizet): Je crois entendre encore (Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra)

10. Manon (Massenet): En fermant les yeux

11. Werther (Massenet): Pourquoi me reveiller

12. Manon (Massenet): Ah! fuyez, douce Image

13. La Favorite (Donizetti): Ange si pur (BBC Symphony Orchestra)

14. Ta Matia Tou Dimou (Stefos)

15. Ay, Ay, Ay (Pérez Freire)








He studied singing in St. Petersburg under N. Spasski, who trained him as bass. He took vocal lessons also from R. Nuvel-Nordi. From 1912 to 1916 he sang at the St. Petersburg Musical Drama and at the National House (1913—18). Appeared also in Moscow. In 1919 Iwanzoff went to Germany and during the 1920’s made guest appearances in Paris (Grand Opera, 1921), Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona (1921, 1922), on italian cities, Washington, D.C., New York. In 1930’s Iwanzoff lived in USA, where he started to sing with success as tenor in ‘’The Queen of Spades’’ of  P. Tchaikovsky and in other operas.


Chronology of some appearances


1912-1916 St. Petersburg Musical Drama

1913—1918 St. Petersburg National House





1. Tosca (Puccini): Se la giurata 4-22624 18014b Gramophone, St Petersburg 1913-10-23

2. Traviata (Verdi) Di Provenza 03175 591A Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

3. Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) Largo al factotum 03175 590A Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

4. Ballo in maschera (Verdi) Eri tu 03276 595A Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

5. Aida (Verdi) Anch'io pugnai 03276 594A Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

6. Africaine (Meyerbeer) Dir Königin (It) 03226 705A Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

7. Africaine (Meyerbeer) Hei! Adamastor (It) 03226 706A Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

8. Otello (Verdi): Credo in un dio crudel 03165 586A Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

9. Faust (Gounod): Dio possente 03165 587A Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

10. Don Giovanni (Mozart): Finch'han dal vino 03227 Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

11. Don Giovanni (Mozart): Deh vieni alla finestra 03227 Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

12. Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): Del tempio al limitar with Bjørn Talén 04024 613A Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

13. Bohème (Puccini): Ah, Mimì with Bjørn Talén 04024 614A Vox, Berlin 1922-09?

14. Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Bjørn Talén 07002A Kristall

15. Otello (Verdi):  Si, pel ciel with Bjørn Talén 07002B Kristall









She was an important Italian lyric soprano who starred in the world premieres of operas by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Mascagni and Giordano. Renowned throughout her homeland for her vivacious acting and sparkling stage presence, she possessed a smallish voice which deteriorated prematurely due to hard use, over-parting, and flaws in her technique. Born in Venice, Storchio studied at the Milan Conservatory before making her operatic debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at Milan’s Teatro Dal Verme in 1892. Three years later, she debuted at Italy's most famous opera house, La Scala, Milan, performing in Massenet’s Werther. Milan became her home base from then on, but she also appeared during the pre-World War I period at theatres in other key Italian cities, including Rome and her native Venice. She toured South America and Spain, too, and undertook singing engagements in Paris and Moscow, unwisely venturing parts as heavy as that of Tosca in Puccini's opera of the same name. In 1921, by which time her voice was in marked decline, she sang in Chicago and New York City. Her final public performance was as Cio-Cio San in Puccini's Madama Butterfly at Barcelona in 1923. (She had sung this same part in the first performance of Butterfly, at La Scala, in 1904.) Storchio died in Milan near the end of World War II. 





1. Siberia (Giordano): No, se un pensier torturo 53331, Con388 G&T, Milano 1903-11?

2. Siberia (Giordano): Quest'orgoglio (w. de Luca) 54048 Con394 G&T, Milano 1903-11?

3. Siberia (Giordano): Non odi la il martir  53332 Con398 G&T, Milano 1903-11?

4. Siberia (Giordano): E qui con te il mio destin (w. Zenatello) 054027 Con750 G&T, Milano 1903-11?

5. Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Quel guardo il cavalier 39400 XPh1500 Fonotipia, Milano 1905-12-02

6. Don Pasquale (Donizetti): So anch'io la virtù magica 39401 XPh1501 Fonotipia, Milano 1905-12-02

7. Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti): O luce di quest'anima 39402 XPh1502 Fonotipia, Milano 1905-12-02

8. Fra Diavolo (Auber): Si, domani 39597 XPh1794 Fonotipia, Milano 1906-04-18

9. Bohème (Leoncavallo): Mimì Pinson 92861 XPh4514 Fonotipia, Milano 1911-02-16

10. Sonnambula (Bellini): Ah, non credea mirarti  92753 XPh4515 Fonotipia, Milano 1911-02-16

11. Sonnambula (Bellini): Ah, non giunge  92754 XPh4516 Fonotipia, Milano 1911-02-16

12. Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti): Al bel destin (w. Rappini) 92775 XPh4517 Fonotipia, Milano 1911-02-16

13. Traviata (Verdi): Pura siccome un angelo (w. Stracciari) unpubl XPh1625 Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-19