Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 26, 2016

Reiner Minten (Tenor) (1901, † 18. 9. 1958 Hannover)


                                                                     Margarete Bäumer

He made his debut at the Opernhaus in Düsseldorf (1921-1922). In the 1922-1923 season he sang at the Stadttheater in Bielefeld, in the 1923-1924 season at the  Stadttheater of Mönchengladbach, from 1924 to 1925 at the Staatstheater in Oldenburg, in the 1925-1927 seasons at the Stadttheater in Münster and from 1927 to 1930 at the Stadttheater in Dortmund. He continued his career at the Opernhaus in Leipzig (1930-1933) and at the Landestheater in Schwerin (1933-1937) and in 1937 he was engaged by the  Opernhaus in Hannover. Here he worked till 1950 as a popular singer. His stage repertoire included De Grieux in ''Manon Lescaut'', Canio in ''Pagliacci'', Alvaro in ''La forza del destino'', Radames in ''Aida'', Eleazar in ''La Juive'', Samson in ''Samson et Delila'',  Hüon in ''Oberon'' Erik in "Fliegenden Holländer", Tristan in ''Tristan und Isolde'', Siegmund and Siegfried in Nibelungenring, Herodes in ''Salome'' and Otello.

Chronology of some appearances

1921-1922 Düsseldorf Opernhaus
1922-1923 Bielefeld Stadttheater
1923-1924 Mönchengladbach Stadttheater
1924-1925 Oldenburg  Staatstheater
1925-1927 Münster Stadttheater
1927-1930 Dortmund Stadttheater
1930-1933 Leipzig  Opernhaus
1933-1937 Schwerin Landestheater
1937-1950 Hannover Opernhaus

Siegfried (Wagner): Heil dir, Sonne with Margarete Bäumer  P9555-I  21742
Siegfried (Wagner): Heil dir, Sonne Pt II with Margarete Bäumer  P9555-II  21743

Jul 25, 2016

Amador Famadas (Tenor) (Girona, 1889 – Barcelona, 1962)

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Barcelona Les Arenes Aida (Radames) (Debut)
1914 Bologna Teatro Comunale Africana (Vasco)
1916 Parma Teatro Regio Aida (Radames)
1916 Roma Teatro Costanzi Carmen (Don Jose)
1917 Roma Teatro Costanzi Huémac (Huémac)
1917 Roma Teatro Costanzi Carmen (Don Jose)
1917 Roma Teatro Costanzi La fanciulla del West (Dick Johnson)
1917 Roma Teatro Costanzi Aida (Radames)
1923 Parma Politeama Reinach Pagliacci (Canio)
1931 Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu Carmen (Don Jose)

Amador Famadas never made records

Giovanni Peirani (Tenor) (Rivoli/Torino 1868 - Santiago del Cile 1901)

He died suddenly.

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Colorno  Teatro Sociale Trovatore (Manrico) (Debut)
1896 Como Teatro Sociale Forza del destino (Don Alvaro)
1897 La Valletta/Malta Teatro Reale  Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1898 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Aida (Radames)
1899 Odessa Teatro Municipale Profeta (Johannes)
1900 Siviglia  Teatro San Ferdiando Otello (Otello)
1901 Lisbona Coliseo Recrejos Aida (Radames)

Giovanni Peirani never made records

Klara Brun-Kamionska (Soprano) (Smila, Ukraine 1. 12. 1876 - Kiev, Ukraine 25. 10. 1959)


                                                                 with Oscar Kamionsky

From 1894 to 1899 she studied singing at the Vienna Konservatorium. In 1903 and 1913 she went for further studies to Italy and became a pupil of C. Rossi. In 1899 she made her debut as Leonora in G. Verdi's ''Il Trovatore'' at the Opera House in Nikolayev. She appeared with success also in France and Germany. Her repertoire included Amelia in ''Ballo in maschera'', Aida, Desdemona in ''Otello'', Valentina in ''Gli Ugonotti'', Tosca, Brünnhilde in ''Walküre''. Since 1926 she taught singing. From 1929 to 1934 she was active as pedagogue at the Technical School of Music in Kiev. From 1941 to 1944 she worked in Baku. From 1934 to 1952 she became a known vocal pedagogue at the Kiev Conservatory. Married the famous baritone Oscar Kamionsky.

Chronology of some appearances

1899 Nikolayev Opera House
1900 Nizjni Novgorod
1900 Baku 
1901 Kazan
1901 St. Petersburg Arkadia Theater 
1902 Kiev
1902 Odessa
1904 St. Petersburg  Conservatory Theater
1905 Kazan
1905 St. Petersburg New Opera
1906 Irkutsk
1907 Moscow S. Zimin's Opera
1909 Japan
1913 Rostov-on-Don
1913 Kharkov


Gramophone, Kiev 03
Gorniye vershiny Op 48 No 5 (Rubinstein) Wanderers Nachtlied with Oscar Kamionsky 24346 1648z

Pathé, St Petersburg 1911
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Là ci darem la mano with Oscar Kamionsky 21122

Luigi Innocenti (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Catania Teatro Nazionale Faust (Faust)
1899 Intra Civico Boheme (Rodolfo)
1899 Malta Reale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1899 Malta Reale Carmen (Don Jose)
1899 Malta Reale Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1899 Suzzara Sociale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1899 Roma Teatro Costanzi Wally (Giuseppe Hagenbach)
1899 Roma Teatro Costanzi Iris (cenciaiolo)
1899 Roma Teatro Costanzi Gioconda (Enzo)
1899 Roma Teatro Costanzi Le villi (Roberto)
1900 Ancona Vittorio Emanuele Boheme (Rodolfo)
1900 Roma Teatro Costanzi Boheme (Parpignol)
1900 Roma Teatro Costanzi Traviata (Alfredo)
1900 Roma Teatro Costanzi Saffo (Gianni Gaussin)
1900 Verona Ristori Carmen (Don Jose)
1900 Verona Ristori Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1900 Badia Polesine  Politeama Piana Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1901 Rio de Janeiro Lirico Boheme (Rodolfo)
1901 Rio de Janeiro Lirico Carmen (Don Jose)
1901 Rio de Janeiro Lirico  Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1901 Rio de Janeiro Lirico  Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1901 San Paolo Santana Boheme (Rodolfo)
1901 San Paolo Santana Carmen (Don Jose)
1901 San Paolo Santana Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1901 Warsaw Imperial Carmen (Don Jose)
1902 Santiago del Cile Municipal Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1903 Firenze Della Pergola Boheme (Rodolfo)
1904 Barcellona Liceo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1904 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Carmen (Don Jose)
1905 Alessandria Finzi Carmen (Don Jose)
1906 Milano Dal Verme  Carmen (Don Jose)
1906 Torino Vittorio Emanuele Carmen (Don Jose)

Luigi Innocenti never made records


Giacomo Arnò (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

1893 Casale Monferrato Sociale Loreley (Walter)
1898 Monferrato Sociale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1898 Foligno Piermarini Boheme (Rodolfo)   

Giacomo Arnò never made records

Amedeo Albanese (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Sofia Alhambra Rigoletto (Duca)
1897 Zara Comunale  Boheme (Rodolfo)
1898 Genova Politeama Genovese Boheme (Rodolfo)

Amedeo Albanese never made records

Antonio Castigliano (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Torino Teatro Regio Luisa (rigattiere/1°guardia)
1924 Torino Teatro Regio Boris Godunov (Missail)
1924 Torino Teatro Regio La Fanciulla del West (Harry)
1924 Torino Teatro Regio Giulietta e Romeo (Bernabò)
1925 Torino Teatro Regio Il gallo d'oro (principe Gvidon)
1925 Torino Teatro Regio Nerone  (tempiere)
1925 Torino Teatro Regio Marouf (1°mercante)
1925 Torino Teatro Regio Don Pasquale (notaro)
1926 Torino Teatro Regio La cena delle beffe (Lapo)
1926 Torino Teatro Regio Il Trovatore (Ruiz)
1945 Torino Teatro Lirico Mefistofele (Nereo)
1946 Torino Teatro Lirico Boris Godunov (boiardo/Mitjuscia)
1947 Torino  Teatro Carignano Il segreto di Susanna  (Guiccio)
1947 Torino  Teatro Carignano Fedora (Sergio)

Antonio Castigliano never made records

Enrico Goiri (Tenor)


Chronology of some appearances

1905 Vicenza Eretenio Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1905 Vicenza Eretenio Pagliacci (Canio)
1905 Milano Lirico Pagliacci (Canio)
1906 Barcelona Bosque Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1906 Barcelona Bosque Pagliacci (Canio)
1906 Las Palmas Perez Galdos Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)  
1906 Las Palmas Perez Galdos Pagliacci (Canio)
1906 Las Palmas Perez Galdos Tosca (Cavaradossi) 
1906 Barcelona Bosque Aida (Radames)
1906 Barcelona Bosque Boheme (Rodolfo)
1906 Las Palmas Principal Aida (Radames)
1906 Porto Maurizio Cavour Boheme (Rodolfo)
1906 Ventimiglia  Politeama Sociale Boheme (Rodolfo)

Enrico Goiri never made records

Jul 24, 2016

Georges Cathelat (Tenor) (Paris, France 13. Febr. 1904 - Paris, France ?)

Originally he wanted to become an organist and studied at the Conservatoire National de Paris. During his military service he trained his voice at the conservatoire of Nantes and continued this education in the Paris Conservatoire. In 1931 he became a member of the Opéra-Comique. Here he appeared in 1934 for the first time as Pelléas in C. Debussy's ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’, his special star role. He limited himself in the future by a few parts and the Pelléas remained the central role of his artistic career. In 1938 he sang this role at the San Francisco Opera as well as in other American towns. In 1935 he guested as Pelléas in Amsterdam, in 1948 in Lausanne. In 1939 he was called up for the war service in the French army, but was given time off, for a glittering performance of ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’ in 1940 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. After his retirement he lived in Paris.

Chronology of some appearances

1931 Paris Opéra-Comique
1938 San Francisco Opera



Salabert, Paris
Faust (Gounod): Cavatine, pt 1  3231 SS1209A
Faust (Gounod): Cavatine, pt 2 3231 SS1210B