Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Oct 27, 2011

Jose Palet (Tenor) (Martorel, near Barcelona 1877 – Milan 1946)

He studied at the Conservatory of Barcelona with Juan Goula and debuted there in 1901 at the Teatro Liceo as Fernando in ‘’La Favorita’’ of Donizetti. He appeared first in Barcelona and Madrid, then came, however, to Italy. Here he sang among other things in 1913 at La Scala, as José in ‘’Carmen’’ and guested at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome and in other big theaters. In 1915 he appeared at the Teatro Nacional of Havana as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ (together with Juanita Capella, Maria Gay, Titta Ruffo and Gaudio Mansueto), in the following 1916-17 season he appeared in Havana as Enzo in ‘’La Gioconda’’ of Ponchielli, as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, as Riccardo in Verdi’s ‘’Ballo in maschera’’ and as Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’. In 1921 he guested in Madrid as Gérald in ‘’Lakmé’’ of Delibes with Maria Barrientos as a partner. In 1921 tour with the Scotti Opera Company through North America. In 1924 he sang at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome in the premiere of the opera ‘’Esvella’’ of Gino Robbiani, already in 1912 he took part at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in the premiere of the opera ‘’Hoffmann’’ of Guido Laccetti. In 1927 he sang in the Italian opera in Holland as Raoul in ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’ of Meyerbeer. In the same year he guested in the festival of Verona as Radames in Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’. He lived later as a singing teacher in Milan.

Chronology of some appearances

1904-1905 Parma Teatro Regio Lucia di Lammermoor with Nunzio Rapisardi (Lord   Enrico Ashton)
1905 Parma Teatro Regio Germania with Aurelio Viale (Crisogno)
1905 Parma Teatro Regio Mefistofele with Giovanni Scarneo (Mefistofele)
1910 Parma Teatro Regio Lucia di Lammermoor with Giovanni Polese (Lord Enrico Ashton)
1920 Parma Teatro Regio Concert with Augusta Concato
1926 Parma Teatro Regio Un Ballo in maschera with Carlo Tagliabue (Renato)
1927 Parma Teatro Regio Lucia di Lammermoor with Victor Damiani (Lord Enrico Ashton)



Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-09
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali 39294 XPh 319

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-14
Ernani (Verdi): O sommo Carlo with Mario Sammarco and Irene de Bohuss 39300 xph324

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-18
Rigoletto (Verdi): Parmi veder le lagrime 39321 XPh 331
Faust (Gounod): Che fate qui, signori? with Mario Sammarco and Oreste Luppi 39297 XPh334

Gramophone, Barcelona 1916-01-10
Marina (Arrieta): Por dios with Mercedes Farry Unpubl. 03090v
La Dolores (Breton): Aragon la mas famosa with Inocencio Navarro  062062 03101v

Gramophone, Barcelona 16-1-13
Marina (Arrieta): Terceto with Mercedec Ferry, Inocencio Navarro 064127 03093v
Marina (Arrieta): Dúo Jorge y Roque with Inocencio Navarro 064131 03092v

Gramophone, Barcelona 16-1-18
Marina (Arrieta): Brindis with Inocencio Navarro 064134  03096v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-07-17
Lohengrin (Wagner): Da voi lontan 2-052126 03147v
La conquista de Madrid (Gaztambide): Quien eres, responde with Inocencio Navarro 064138 03148v
Lohengrin (Wagner): Da voi lontan (in catalan)  062064 03146v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-07-31
Walküre (Wagner): Ja l'hivern retut es pel temps vernal (in catalan) 2-62194  19792u

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-08-01
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 5-052001 s03152v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-08-09
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Racconto di Walther 9-52007 s19813u
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): En l'ampla llar del  meu castell 2-62214  19812u

Gramophone, Barcelona  17-8-11
Otello (Verdi): Si, pel ciel with Inocencio Navarro 5-054000 03156v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-08-22
Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi, dai prati 9-52001 s19823u
Favorita (Donizetti): Una vergine un angelo di Dio 9-52004 s19830u
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Canzone del Concorso, act 3 2-052125 03157v
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 5-052008 s03158v

Gramophone, Barcelona 17-8-23
La Bruja (Chapi): No extraneis, no, que se escapen 062073 03159v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-09-03
Marina (Arrieta): Salida de jorge with Albertini, Macia 64439 19838u
Viva Aragon! (Blanch y Borguno): Jota con coro 2-62204 19840u

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-09-04
La Barca, Cancion (Borras del Palau) 2-62213 19841u

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-09-05
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): O ciel, duet act 4, pt 2 with Albertini 5-054007 s03169v
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): O ciel, duet act 4, pt 1 with Albertini 5-054006 s03173v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1917-09-11
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): O ciel, duet act 4, pt 3 with Albertini 5-054008, s03180v
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti): Di pescator ignobile 9-52011 s19845u

Gramophone, Barcelona 17-9-13
La Tempestad (Chapi): Salve costas de Bretana 062076 03185v
Rienzi (Wagner): O padre Santo 5-052009 03187v

Gramophone, Barcelona 1921-05/06
Aida (Verdi): Duetto, act 3, pt 1,  pt 2 with Matilde Rossi 9-54002 4734ah
Aida (Verdi): Duetto, act 3, pt 2 with Matilde Rossi 9-54001 4733ah
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Corriam, voliam 9-52015 4747-2ah
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Ciel, tu sei se Mathilde with Inocencio Navarro 5-054009 4750ah
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Di tu se fedele 5-052011 1186aj

Gramophone, Barcelona   
La Dolores (Breton): Todos duermen, no hay temor with Inocencio Navarro DA583

Gramophone, Barcelona 
Gigantes y cabezudos (Caballero): Por fin te 062079 1190aj


  1. Hello, I'm from Martorell, Palet's birthplace. Here this man is remembered like a very famous singer, but nobody knows a lot about his life and nobody promotes his figure.
    His house is still exists, but is not a museum, and I know someone from his family, but not direct descendants. When he left this place, he didn't come here normally, so people lost track of him. But thank you very much for posting this!

  2. Hello. Thank you too for your comment
    Best Regards

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