Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Apr 29, 2012

Emma Trentini (Soprano) (Mantova 1878 - Milan 1959)

She studied singing under Fritz Feinhals in Munich. Already in 1902 she appeared at the opera house of Siena. She had her first big success in 1904 at La Scala as Jane in ‘’Germania’’ of Franchetti. In 1905 she made guest appearance at Covent Garden of London as Oscar in ‘’Ballo in maschera’’ of Verdi and as Musetta in ‘’Bohème’’. In 1906 she appeared at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples in the premiere of the opera ‘’Tess’’ of Frédéric d'Erlanger. Then from 1906-09 she sang at Manhattan Opera House in New York with great success. There she appeared among other things in the North American première of Debussy’s ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’. In the 1910-11 season she performed at New York Broadway in the premiere of the Victor Herbert’s operetta ‘’Naughty of Marietta’’. She started appearing only in operettas and sang in two other operettas of Victor Herbert -  ‘’The Firefly’’ (1912) and ‘’The Peasant Girl’’ (1915). In 1916 she retired from the stage her; she lived later again in Italy.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Casalmaggiore Teatro Sociale Boheme (Musetta)
1902 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Elisir d'amore (Giannetta)
1903 Torino Teatro Carignano Boheme (Micaela)
1904 London Covent  Garden Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1905 London Covent  Garden Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1906 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Rigoletto (Gilda)
1907 New York Manatthan Opera House Barbiere di Siviglia (Berta)
1909 Philadelphia Opera Sonnambula (Lisa)
1910 Philadelphia Opera Boheme (Musetta)


G&T, Milano 1905-08?
Ballo in Maschera (Verdi): Volta la terrea 53155 6931a
Traviata (Verdi): Morrò la mia memoria with Germano Stoppa 54258 7044a
Traviata (Verdi): Prendi, quest'è l'imagine with Germano Stoppa & Martinez-Patti 54256 7045½b
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Esulti pure la barbara with  Emilio Perea 54253 7058b
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Tornami a dir with Giuseppe Acerbi 54262 7068b
Fra Diavolo (Auber): Quell'uom del fiero aspetto with Alberto Caffo 54062 7022b
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Sulla tomba with Gino Martinez-Patti V*94130 7047¾b

Victor, USA 1905-08?
Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti): A consolarmi with Alberto Caffo 62090
Traviata (Verdi): Un di felice with Gino Martinez-Patti 62067

Columbia, New York 1907-03-27
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Vedrai carino 30122 M135
Bohème (Puccini): Quando m'en vo soletta 30087 M136

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