Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 25, 2013

Eleonora De Cisneros (Mezzo-Soprano) (New York 1878 – New York 1934)


Born in New York City as Eleanora Broadfoot, she received her earliest education at St. Agnes Seminary in Brooklyn. She studied singing under Mme. Murio Celli in New York, and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1899. In 1901 she married Count François G. de Cisneros, a Cuban journalist. Between 1900 and 1906 she sang in more than 40 operatic roles in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Lisbon, Vienna, St. Petersburg, London, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Melbourne. In 1907 she was Oscar Hammerstein's leading mezzo soprano at the Manhattan Opera House, New York. In 1910 she joined the Chicago Opera Company. During World War I she was a major promoter of liberty bonds.

Chronology of some appearances

Amneris 1/20/1911, 1/27/1911, Azucena 1/28/1911, Amneris 2/15/1911, Azucena 2/27/1911, Amneris 3/4/1911, role unknown 3/25/1911, Brangäne 2/23/1912, Ortrud 2/29/1912, Amneris 3/8/1912, Ortrud 3/15/1912, Brangäne 3/22/1912, Amneris 3/25/1912, 10/31/1912, 11/8/1912, 11/11/1912, La reine Gertrude 11/13/1912, 11/19/1912, Brangäne 11/20/1912, Fricka 2/13/1913, Marion 2/21/1913, 2/24/1913, 2/25/1913, Ortrud 12/10/1921, 12/1/1922 (in Filadelfia)


Pathé, Milano 1907?
Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri monti with Carlo Albani  84512
Aida (Verdi): Ah, tu de' vivere with Carlo Albani 84514

Edison, New York 1913?
Carmen (Bizet): All'udir del sistro il suon 82520          
Semiramede (Rossini): Ah, quel giorno 82521  

Columbia, New York 1914-10/11
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Nobil signori A5626 37078

Pathe, New York 1916?
Walküre (Wagner): Ho-jo-to-ho 59016 025073A
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Wachtlied 59016 025073B
Faust (Gounod): Faites-lui mes aveux 62009    


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