Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Nov 1, 2011

Josef Mann (Tenor) (Lviv, Ukraine 1883 – Berlin 1921)



                                                               Don Jose

He made his debut in 1909 in Stanislaw Moniuszko’s opera ‘’Jontek’’ at Lviv. In 1910 he appeared at the same opera house in Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’. His partner was Irene Heller. At the beginning of the 1910-1911 season he became a  member of the Lviv opera for two years. He deepened his music study with Guagni in Milan. From 1912 to 1915 he was engaged at the Vienna Volksoper. In the 1915-16 season he sang at the Royal Court Theatre in Wiesbaden; there he appeared in the premiere of Julius Bittners  opera  ‘’Das Höllisch Gold’’. From  1916 to 1919 he worked at the Land Theatre at Darmstadt. Guest performances led him to Prague, Bucharest, Dresden, Stuttgart, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Munich, Basel and Vienna. In 1918 he signed contract with Vienna Staatsoper. Here, in 1919, he sang the title role in the Berlin première of Hans Pfitzner’s  opera ‘’Palestrina’’. He  died onstage at the Berlin State Opera during a performance of ‘’Aida’’ preventing him from fulfilling his Met contract l921. He was actually scheduled to take over many roles for the ailing Enrico Caruso.

1909 Lviv Opera House Jontek (Jontek)
1910 Lviv Opera House Aida (Radames)


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Pathe, Wien 1910?
Tannhauser (Wagner): Dir tone lob! 51374
Aida (Verdi): La fatal pietra...Morir si pura e bella 51382

Pathe, Wien 1911?
Juive (Halevy): Rachel quand du Signeur 51377
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): O Colombina 51382
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 51753
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 51759
Ave Maria (Luigi Cherubini) 51980
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 52834
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile 52884
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armona 52885

Odeon, Berlin 1919-06?
Konigin Von Saba (Goldmark): Am Fusse des Libanon RXX80730 xxB6398
Konigin Von Saba (Goldmark): Aus klaren Fluren RXX80731 xxB6398
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Das Schiff? Siehst du's noch nicht? LXX 80913 81915
Otello (Verdi): Du? Verrater! Weiche! 80740 xxB6402
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida Rxx80700 xxB6403
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior Rxx 80701 XXB6405
Juive (Halévy): Allmächt'ger, blicke gnädig (w. chorus) 80729 xxB6404
Juive (Halévy): Recha, als Gott dich einst 80728 xxB6406

Odeon, Berlin 1921
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba Lxx80929 xxB6627
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Nein, bin Bajazzo nicht bloß 80709 xxB6628
Ballo in Maschera (Verdi): Di tu se fedele RXX80735 xxB6629
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si, ben mio 80717 xxB6687
Mona Lisa (von Schillings): Duo Part 1 with Barbara Kemp Rxx80738 xxB6693
Mona Lisa (von Schillings): Duo Part 2 with Barbara Kemp Rxx80739 xxB6694
Aida (Verdi): Ich seh' dich wieder with Barbara Kemp 80704 xxB6691
Aida (Verdi): Zur Ferne entflieh'n with Barbara Kemp  80705 xxB6692

Odeon, Berlin 1921-04/05
Halka (Moniuszko): Szmia jodly (Arie des Jontek)  80724 xxB6647
Parsifal (Wagner): Amfortas! Die Wunde! 80742 xxB6648

 

1 comment:

  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you my Friend for sharing this Valuable Biographical information.

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