Forgotten Opera Singers

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

May 11, 2012

Sydney Rayner (Tenor) (New Orleans 1895 - New York 1981)





                                                                Faust

He studied in Paris and Milan. In  1921 he made his debut at the Teatro Adriano in Rome as Rodolfo in ‘’Boheme’’. Until 1929 he engaged in various Italian opera houses. In 1929 he appeared at the Staatsoper of Berlin. In 1930 Rayner made his Paris debut as Julien in "Louise" at the Opera-Comique, of which he was a member for 5 years; in the spring season of 1936 he sang at the Metropolitan Opera House (debut as Don Jose); guest appearances followed with the San Francisco and Los Angeles Operas; concert engagements in the US and Europe.

Chronology of some appearances

1930 San Francisco  Civic Auditorium Tannhauser (Tannhauser)
1930 San Francisco  Civic Auditorium Pagliacci (Canio)
1937 New York  Teatro Metropolitan Carmen (Don Jose)
1939 New York  Hippodrome Theater Rigoletto (Duke)
1939 New York  Hippodrome Theater Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1939 New York  Hippodrome Theater Traviata (Alfredo)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE

 






Decca
Werther (Massenet): J'aurais sur ma poitrine  K 685
Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre, addio T 204
A Vucchella (Tosti)  F3327 
Aïda (Verdi): Celeste Aida  T 204 
Au clair de la lune (Leoncavallo)  M 433
Carmen (Bizet): La fleur que tu m’avais jetée  K677 
L’Africaine (Meyerbeer): O Paradis M 453 
Manon (Massenet): Ah, fuyez, douce image K 685 
Mattinata (Leoncavallo) M 437 
Obstination Fontenailles  F 3327 
Otello (Verdi): Ora e per sempre, addio T 204
Paillasse (Leoncavallo): Recitar  T 203 
Première caresse (Cresenzo) M 437 
Rigoletto (Verdi):  La donna e mobile  M 453 
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod Ah, lève-toi, soleil)  K677 
Werther (Massenet):  j’aurais sur ma poitrine K 685 

Sonabel
Werther (Massenet): O nature 12172 14632
La Tosca (Puccini): Lamento (au piano Jean Doize) 12119 



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