Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Nov 7, 2011

Lomelino Silva (Tenor) (S. Pedro, Funchal, Madeira / Portugal, Spain 1892 - Lisbon, Portugal 1967)

He should become originally an officer and entered in this intention into the Portuguese army. after discovering that he had voice he studied with Giovanni Lauro and Ercole Pizzi in Milan. In 1921 he debuted at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan. In 1922 he sang at the Italian opera in Holland as Duke in ‘Rigoletto’’. In 1924 he appeared at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon as Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’. He was called ‘’Portuguese Caruso’’. In 1926 he went in the USA and sang successfully at the opera theatre of Philadelphia as a partner of the famous baritone Titta Ruffo.

Chronology of some appearances

1921 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Rigoletto (Duca)
1922 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Boheme (Rodolfo)                           
1924 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Mefistofele (Faust)
1925 Bergamo Teatro Nuovo Rigoletto (Duca)


HMV London, 26-4-26
Mãesinha (Alberto Sarti) B4667  7-62105
Guitarrada (Alberto Sarti) B4667 7-62106
As amendoeiras (Alberto Sarti) B4668 7-62107
Canto de Rouzinol (Alberto Sarti) B4668 7-62108
As cotovias (Alberto Sarti) B4669  7-62110

HMV London, 30-4-26
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella B4675 7-62120 
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile B4675 7-62121

HMV London, 18-5-26
Cancão perdida (de Lima) B4672 7-62115
Fado das romarias (Antonio Menano) B4672 7-62116
Fado de granja (Antonio Menano) B4673  7-62117

HMV London, 2-6-26
Arlesiana (Cilea): Lamento de Federico B4674 7-62119
Fado (Ruy Coelho) B4674 7-62122
Porque duvidas tu deste amor louco (Serrano)  B4673 7-62118  

HMV London, 3-6-26
Vindima (Alberto Sarti) B4669  7-62109
As pombas (Fernando Moutinho) B4670 7-62112
Papoulas (Alberto Sarti) B4671 7-62113
Para as raparigas de Coimbra (de Lima) B4670  7-62111
Carta da aldeia (Coutinho De Oliveira) B4671 B4671


  1. Dear friend! Excuse me, but Madeira is not Spanish but Portuguese! Thank you ;)

  2. I confirm the info. Even though Madeira is an autonomous region, is still a part of the Portuguese Republic.
    I didn't knew about this one, nice discovery. I have a good one for a future post: Veriano Luchetti. Why is Luchetti forgotten by opera lovers is a mistery to me

  3. Thank you dear friends for providing information

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