Forgotten Opera Singers

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

May 27, 2013

Dolores Frau (Mezzo-Soprano) (Barcelona 1882- ? 1964)

 

                                                               Amneris

                                                                  Dalila



She studied with the baritone Eugenio Laban and made her debut in 1905 at Bosque of Barcellona in ‘’Aida’’. She spent the period of the Great War in Greece where she perfomed on many Greek stages. After her withdraw, which happened in 1934, she devoted herself to teaching and Victoria De Los Angeles was her pupil. In 1908 the composer Attilio Morandi wanted to devote her the romance "Ave Spes".

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Venezia  Teatro Rossini Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)
1907 Lecce Politeama Principe di Napoli Aida (Amneris)
1910 Bogotà Teatro Colon Aida (Amneris)
1913 Forlì Teatro Comunale Lohengrin (Ortruda)
1915 Vicenza  Teatro Eretenio Carmen (Carmen)
1918 Salonicco Teatro Tour Blanche Favorita (Leonora)
1921 Malta Teatro Reale Stagione
1923 Novara Teatro Coccia Carmen (Carmen)
1926 Asti Teatro Alfieri Favorita (Leonora)
1931 Buenos Ayres Teatro Marconi Aida (Amneris)
1933 Buenos Ayres Teatro Marconi Aida (Amneris)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Edison 2-min cylinders, 1912?
Don Carlo (Verdi): O mia regina Unpubl. 44597

Lyrophon
Favorita (Donizetti) O mio Fernando  J754
Trovatore (Verdi) Stride la vampa J750

Columbia, Milano 1912/1914?
Aida (Verdi): Quest'assisa ch'io vesto with Egidio Cunego, Cesare  Formichi, Lia Moglia and Giovanni  Martino  5566
Aida (Verdi) Finale Act II Part 2 with Giovanni Martino, Cesare  Formichi, Lia Moglia  and Egidio Cunego  D4415 11495
Aida (Verdi) Finale Act II Part 1 with Giovanni Martino, Cesare  Formichi, Lia Moglia  and Egidio Cunego 11494 D4415
Faust (Gounod): E che sempre sola with Angelo Bendinelli, Ida Cattorini and Giovanni Martino D5543 11446
Aida (Verdi): Gloria All'Egitto with Egidio Cunego, Lia Moglia and Giovanni Martino 11494


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