Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Aug 21, 2017

Blanche Hamilton Fox (Mezzo-Soprano) (Boston, USA ? - ?)



                                                                           Amneris


Born Blanche Hamilton Fox. She was a leading mezzo-soprano of the Boston Opera. First she studied at the Academy of Notre Dame in Rosbury, then continued her education at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Probably she made her debut in 1906 at the Teatro Cressoni of Como in G. Donizetti’s ‘’Favorita’’. In Italy she appeared on the stages as Bianca Volpini and made only two recordings there for Odeon.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Como Teatro Cressoni  Favorita (Leonora)
1907 Pisa Politeama Aida (Amneris)
1908 MantovaTeatro Sociale  Stagione
1909 New York Academy of Music Teatro Princess Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)

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Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1906-01-01
Il trovatore (Verdi): Stride la vampa! 37429 xM 791
Il trovatore (Verdi): Giorni poveri vivea 37444 xM 792



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Mathilde Saïman (Soprano) (Algiers 9 December 1891– Paris September 1940)




In 1914 she made her debut at the Paris Opéra-Comique in G. Charpentier's ‘’Louise’’ and remained at this opera house during the following seasons. In 1915 she appeared as Pierre in the première of the opera ‘’Les cadeaux de Noël’’ by X. Leroux. Two years later she performed there in the French premiere of A. Messager's ‘’Béatrice’’ (as Lélia, 1917). In 1923 she sang at the Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique of Paris in ‘’Quo vadis?’’ by Jean Nouguès.

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Paris Opéra-Comique Louise (Grisette)
1915 Paris Opéra-Comique Les cadeaux de Noël (Pierre)
1917 Paris Opéra-Comique Béatrice (Lélia)
1923 Paris Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique Quo vadis


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Pathé, Paris 1917?
Manon (Massenet): Adieu, notre petite table 0168 3083 
Fille du Régiment (Donizetti): Salut à la France 0168 3084



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Aug 20, 2017

Dolorès de Silvera (Contralto)




In 1920's she appeared at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Probably she had a short career. She made a few records for Columbia.

Chronology of some appearances

1921 Théâtre du Châtelet Concerts Colonne
1924 Paris Opéra-Comique Werther (Charlotte)

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Columbia, Paris 1928-02-25
Werther (Massenet): Larmes D12043 L934
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix D12043 L1190


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Jul 26, 2017

Marius Jørn-Nielsen (Tenor) (Denmark, Copenhagen 20. 5. 1881 - Denmark, Copenhagen 8. 11. 1934)




The Son of butter trader he studied singing under Poul Bang. He made his debut at the Royal Danish Opera House on 17. 01. 1909 as Turridu  in "Cavalleria Rusticana". Later he sang here the part of Don José in "Carmen", Canio in "Pagliacci" and Faust. In the 1912-1913 season he appeared at the ‘’Casino’’. From 1923 he worked at the Royal Danish Opera House as reserve prompter. During his career he also sang in operettas.

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Copenhagen Royal Danish Opera House
1912-1913 Copenhagen Casino


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Dansk Fonograf Magasin - Pathé cylinders & discs, København 1910?
Carmen (Bizet): Don José's romance 100893

Columbia
Bohème (Puccini): Saa kold den lille haand er D8036


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Jun 18, 2017

Manuel Romero Malpica (Baritone) (Puebla City, Mexico 10. 05.1874 - Mexico City, Mexico 1939)






First he studied with his father José Romero Malpica, who was the director of military bands and with his mother, actress and an opera singer. He continued his vocal training under Lion and Carnelli and on January 29, 1902 made his debut in G. Verdi’s ‘’Il Trovatore’’ at the Teatro María Guerrero of his hometown. He appeared in Mexico until 1905 and the next year went to USA. He became a member of several opera companies, included Boston Opera Company and San Carlo Opera Company. Later he appeared in Italy, France and Spain, made successful guest appearances in Central and South America. He returned to Mexico, where continued his career. In 1938 he sang the part of Rigoletto at the Palacio de Bellas Artes  in Mexico City. Shortly before his death he made his final appearance Teatro María Guerrero, where he and started his career. He was called ‘’Mexican Titta Ruffo’’. He could sing also parts of tenor, which he once done by replacing tenor Agnadi in USA. He made records for Columbia, Victor and Edison.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Puebla Teatro María Guerrero Trovatore (Count di Luna)
1914 Mississippi Greenwood Theatre Faust (Valentine)
1914 Ashland Vining Theatre Faust (Valentine)
1938 Puebla Teatro María Guerrero Rigoletto (Rigoletto)

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Victor, 1907-07-22

No lo diré (A. Pacheco) 62277-B
Mi morenita mía (Cancion) 62348-A

Columbia, Mexico City 1908-9
Perjura (Lerdo de Tejada) C 300 5851 

Edison 4-min cylinders, Spain? 1910?
La Bruja (Chapí): Jota (w. Jiménez) 22019
El Puñao de Rosas (Chapí): Dúo (w. Herrera) 22033


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Jun 16, 2017

Ferdinando Avedano (Tenor/Baritone) (Cuneo, Italia 1863 - San Francisco, USA after 1915)






He studied singing at the Liceo Musicale in Torino and made his debut in 1890 at Teatro Comunale of Vicenza as Pollione in ‘’Norma’’. In 1899 he went to USA and became a famous dramatic tenor, often appearing with Gaudenzio Salassa, a fine baritone. Probably in 1906 he changed to baritone, but mostly appeared in concerts. After his retirement,  he taught singing in San Francisco and often organized concerts of his pupils. He made a few records for Edison.


Chronology of some appearances

1890 Vicenza Teatro Comunale Norma (Pollione)
1891 Genova Politeama Genovese Due Foscari (Jacopo)
1893 Palermo Politeama Norma (Pollione)
1895 Milano Teatro Alhambra Trovatore (Manrico)
1898 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Aida (Radames)
1904 San Francisco Alhambra Theater Concert
1909 San Francisco Turner Hall Concert (Sang Si puo? from ‘’Pagliacci’’)
1912 San Francisco Concert of his pupils

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Edison 4-min cylinder
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell'amore with Oddo, Martinez & Colombati 7502 BA 22423




















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Jun 15, 2017

Antonio Carrión (Tenor) (Valencia 1902 - Buenos Aires 1978)




He became an Argentinean citizen on March 3rd 1927. He studied in Rosariowith Mº Sismondo. Due to his excellent pitch, he was sent to study in Italy with Cavaliere Benedetto Luciniani. Two years later, he was heard by Commendatore Ferone in an audition at Teatro Alla Scala di Milano. Thereafter he started his career in different Italian theaters such as Nazionale di Milano, Adriano di Roma, Sociale di Campobasso, Vittorio Emmanuele di Torino Petrucelli di Bari etc., and southern Italy’s cities such as Reggio Calabria, Catanzaro, etc., were he sang his most representative operatic roles such as: Edgardo, Rodolfo, Fausto ( from Boito’s Mefistofele), Alfredo and Duca di Mantua. Because of his father’s death, he returned to Rosarioand made his debut at Teatro de la Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor followed by Rigoletto. In Buenos Aires, he made his debut at Teatro Politeama in Lucia di Lammermoor, and in Montevidero at Teatro Sodre with the same opera with Lily Pons and Victor Damiani and Mº Calussio at the podium. Then he was hired by Mº Paolantonio to tour in Brazil, performing at the teatro San Gaetano of Rio di Janeiro in Tosca, Boheme Traviata, Lucia, Rigoletto, and Cavalleria Rusticana. The tour ended with Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Paolantonio who was killed the day after during a rehearsal. After many recitals, he returned to Buenos Airesand few days later he was called urgently from Porto Alegre, where he had to replace Beniamino Gigli in Lucia, besides Bidu Sayao. In Argentina he sang in many provincial theaters , his repertory was Carmen, Aida, Rigoletto, Pagliacci and Lucia In the seasons of 1942 up to 1945, he sang many times at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile: Trovatore, Lucia, Caupolicán ( by Remigio Acevedo), in the world premiere), Aida Trovatore, Cavalleria, Sayeda (by Pisquert), Ballo in maschera, Tosca and Rigoletto. He sang also at Valparaiso in Trovatore, Rigoletto, Butterfly, etc. In 1945 he made a Latin American tour with his wife the s. Angelici, this tour started in Lima (Perú) with Lucia and during 10 months they were singing in many important theaters operas such: Traviata, Tosca, Rigoletto, Marina and Lucia in cities such, Cali, Bogotá, Medellin, Caracas, Quito, Maracaibo, etc. After that in Buenos Aires, he sang in La Rural de Palermo with the Teatro Colon Company in Aida , and several operas at the Argentino de La Plata. During all his career, he was very close to the Teatro Marconi. This was the theater were all the Argentinean opera singers of those days prepared their main roles and it was their way into the Colon. Carrion was also manager and producer of this theater during the 50’s. In the early 60’s, he often sang at the "Lunes líricos", (lyrical Monday), were the young conductor Miguel Angel Veltri started in the opera world. His last performance was Il Trovatore, during those cycles. After he retired, he taught singing. 

Chronology of some appearances

1942-1945 Santiago de Chile Teatro Municipal Trovatore, Lucia, Caupolicán, Aida Trovatore, Cavalleria, Sayeda, Ballo in maschera, Tosca and Rigoletto

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Private record
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer):  Bianca al par 


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M. J. Amani (Baritone)



Baryton du Théâtre royal d'Anvers

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Columbia
Le Pardon de Ploermel (Meyerbeer): Romance de Hoël D14210 LX159
Mireille (Gounod): Air d'Ourrias  D14210 LX160

















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May 21, 2017

Nelly Martyl (Soprano) (1884 - 1953)




Born Nelly Adèle Anny Martin. She studied singing at the Conservatoire National de Paris under Martini and Isnardon. In 1906 she won a price and made her debut in 1907 at the Grand Opéra in Paris as Naiade in ‘’Armide’’ of Gluck. Then she sang there the part of Rafaële in ‘’Patrie’’ by Paladilhe and also appeared in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Catalane’’ of Le Borne (24. 5. 1907). In 1909 she joined to the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Here she sang many parts and performed also in several premieres.  In 1912 she participated there in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Sorcière’’ by Camille Erlanger (as Juana). Her repertoire included Rosenn in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’ of E. Lalo, Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’, Sophie in ‘’Werther’’ of J. Massenet, Fatima in ‘’Le Caïd’’ of A. Thomas, Laurette in ‘’Richard Coeur-de-Lion’’ of Grétry, Cupid in ‘’Orpheus’’ of Gluck and Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’. Beyond the French metropolis she appeared also in French provincial theaters and made guest appearances at the Opéra Monte-Carlo (among other things in 1922 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Amadis’’ of J. Massenet) and undertook a tour through Romania. Married the known painter Georges Scott Plagnolles (1873-1942).

Chronology of some appearances

1907 Paris  Grand Opéra
1909 Paris  Opéra-Comique

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Gramophone, Paris  13-7-11
Mireille (Gounod): O Magali, ma bien-aimée with E. Tirmont 034106 01992v


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Niny Roussel (Soprano)


                                                                   with Yvonne Brothier


In 1920's she appeared with success at the Paris Opera-Comique.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Paris Opera-Comique Lakmé (Lakmé) with Miguel Villabella, Julien Lafont and Andre Goavec
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Le barbier de Séville  (Rosina) with Maurice Capitaine, M. Guenot, M. Bourbey and M. Vigneau
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Mireille (Mireille) with M. Farini, M. Vigneau and M. Guenot
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Carmen (Micaela) with M. Marcelin, M. Vigneau and Lyse Charny
1931 Paris Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique Ciboulette (Ciboulette) opérette by Robert dc Flers and Francis de Croisset

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Pathé, Paris 1929?
Lakmé (Delibes): Air des clochettes 7176 N201650
Mireille (Gounod): Valse 7176 N201650


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Mar 27, 2017

Enzo Baccante (Baritone) (Sulmona 1887 - New York 1938)


Artist and opera singer-Baccante's opera career probably started with his debut in 1909 at Faraggiana of Novara as Zurga in Pescatori di Perle. Performances by Baccante in Italy were traced from 1909 to 1914 in smaller Italian houses. He served in the Italian Army during the First World War and in 1922 emigrated to the U.S., at that point concentrating on a career as an painter and sculptor. He subsequently occasionally appeared in concerts and on the radio in the U.S. but was mostly active and recognized as a painter. He died of heart disease.

Chronology of some appearances

1909  Novara Teatro Faraggiana Pescatori di Perle (Zurga)
1910  Vercelli Politeama Facchinetti Faust (Valentino)
1912  Cerignola Teatro Mercadante Pescatori di Perle (Zurga)
1914 Novara Teatro Coccia Orma di C. Viscardini

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He made four published records

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Fonotipia, Milano 1913-01-01
Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari) Bacio di lama Fonotipia 110373 xM 1805


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Feb 11, 2017

Roman Hübner (Tenor) (Mělník, north of Prague, Czech Republic Nov. 21st, 1891 - Prague, Czech Republic June 30th, 1964)




First he studied singing privately in Prague under Václav Viktorin, then continued his education with professor Ulanovského. He went to Italy and perfected his vocal technique under Piccoli in Milan. From 1921 to 1938 he was a soloist, then also a director of Slovak National Theater in Bratislava. He excelled particularly in operas by Verdi and Puccini. During the occupation, he worked in the Prague radio. In the 1945-1947 seasons he appeared as soloist and Director of the Opera Theater in Liberec. Then he worked as vocal teacher in Prague.

Chronology of some appearances

1921-1938 Bratislava Slovak National Theater
1945-1947 Opera Theater in Liberec

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Composer: Smetana, Work: Dalibor: Arie - O Zdenku


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