Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 29, 2011

Paolo Wulman (Bass) (Roma 1863 - Milano 1922)

He studied singing in Rome with Ottavio Bartolini and probably made his debur in 1884 at the Teatro Regio in Parma in ‘’Mignon’’. In 1888 he was to be heard at the Politeama Genovese in Genova, where he appeared as Mefistofele in ‘’Faust’’. From 1889 to 1891 he gave guest performances in Montevideo and Lisbon. In 1897 Wilman performed at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Here he was a partner of  Enrico Caruso  in ‘’La Gioconda’’. Then he sang in the big Italian stages and took over among other things in 1904 at Scala the part of the king in Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’ opposite Giannina Russ, Rose Olitzka, Emilio De Marchi and Riccardo Stracciari. The next year he belonged to the ensemble of the Sonzogno Compagnia, which at the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt in Paris gave a sensational performance; here he appeared in ‘’Chopin’’ of Orefice (together with Adelina Stehle-Garbin and Amedeo Bassi). In 1905 he also guested at Covent Garden, London. In 1907 he undertook as a member of the Milan Grand Opera Company a North America tour. During the 1909-10 season he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where also appeared in 1910 in the premiere of Alberto Franchetti's ‘’Germania’’ (with Emmy Destinn and Caruso in the leading roles). Probably his last appearance was at the Politeama Mafalda in Mogliano. After retiring from the stage he devoted himself to teaching.

Chronology of some appearances

1884 Parma Teatro Regio Mignon (Lotario)
1886 Palermo Politeama Aida (Ramfis)
1888 Genova Politeama Genovese Faust (Mefistofele)
1890 Roma Teatro Argentina Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio)
1893 Roma Teatro Costanzi Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio)
1895 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Manon Lescaut (Geronte)
1897 Palermo Teatro Massimo Gioconda (Alvise)
1899 Odessa Teatro Municipale Amleto (Re Claudio)
1902 Milano Teatro Lirico Mignon (Lotario)
1904 Milano Teatro La Scala Madama Butterfly (Zio Bonzo)
1906 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio)
1908 New Orleans Opera Stagione
1910 New York Teatro Metropolitan Germania (Luigi)
1911 Mogliano Politeama Mafalda Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio)



Zonophone, Milano 1902
Mefistofele (Boito): Ave signor X-1762
Mefistofele (Boito):  Ecco il mondo X-1761
Simon Boccanegra (Verdi): Il lacerato spirto  X-1766
Faust (Gounod): Serenata X-1767
Stabat Mater (Rossini) Pro peccatis X-1769
Mefistofele (Boito) Son lo soirito che nega X-1774
Bohème (Puccini) Vecchia zimarra X-1775

Pathé-AICC cylinders & discs, Milano 1903?
Faust (Gounod): Rammenta i lieti dì 10309 84019
Mefistofele (Boito) Ecco il mondo Pathe 84030
Mefistofele (Boito) Ave Signor Pathe 84031
Boheme (Puccini): Vecchia zimarra 10201 84042

Pathé cylinders & discs, Paris 1905-04?
Ernani (Verdi) Infelice  4280
Faust (Gounod) Serenata 4289
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti): Vieni la mia vendetta...Qualunque sia l'evento10292, 10292, 4281, 4282

1 comment:

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