Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 30, 2011

Italia Vasquez (Soprano) (Trieste 1869 - Budapest 1945)

The real family surname of this forgotten soprano was Ucelli. She appeared later also under the name Italia Vasquez-Molina. First She studied piano, then singing under Alfonso Dami in Geneva. In the 1889-90 season she excited in Budapest sensation, where she gave very successful concerts. She was engaged by the Budapest State Opera. In 1893 she created the role of Nedda in the Hungarian premiere of Leoncavallo’s ‘’Pagliacci’’. She soon counted as one of the leading singers of the Budapest State Opera and had there a long career. In 1901 she sang in the Budapest premiere of Wagner’s ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’. In 1900 she made guest appearance at the Kroll Theatre in Berlin. In 1902 she performed at the Vienna State Opera in Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’. In 1904 Vasquez sang at the Munich Court Opera as Donna Anna in Mozart’s ‘’Don Giovanni’’. In 1917 she became a life member of the Budapest State Opera. After retiring from the stage she taught singing in Budapest.

Chronology of some apperances

1893 Budapest State Opera Pagliacci (Nedda)
1900 Berlin Kroll Theatre Ugonotti (Valentina)
1901 Budapest State Opera Tristan und Isolde (Isolde)
1902 Vienna State Opera Aida (Aida)
1904 Munich Court Opera Don Giovanni (Donna Anna)



G&T, Budapest 1902
Otello (Verdi): Ave maria 53244 1170x
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Szerelmes  53246 1174x


  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you for sharing this valuable biographical information.

  2. Thanks a lot Gerhard for your comment.