Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Aug 11, 2013

Bice Silvestri (Soprano)



Her father was the famous bass Alessandro Silvestri (1951-1922), who had a prolific career at the famous italian opera houses. It’s very difficult to identify when she made her debut, but in the 1902/1903 season she appeared in different performances at La Scala under the direction of A. Toscanini. In 1904 she performed at the Teatro San Carlo, Lisbon in ‘’Pescatori di Perle’’ opposite Angelo Masini, also in ‘’Ballo in maschera’’, ‘’Boheme’’, ‘’Carmen’’ and ‘’Siberia’’. Probably she had a short career. In 1903 at Milan she made four records for Zonophone.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Milano Teatro La Scala Beethoven : Symphony No.9
1903 Milano Teatro La Scala Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1903 Milano Teatro La Scala Parsifal (Kundry)
1903 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1903 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo Pescatori di perle (Leila)
1904 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1904 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Musetta)
1904 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo Carmen (Micaela)
1904 Lisbon Teatro San Carlo Siberia (Fanciulla)


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Disco Zonofono, Milano 1903?
Boheme (Puccini): Addio di Mimi   X-1530















1 comment:

  1. Bice Silvestri's other La Scala appearances with Toscanini included "Die Walkure" (Dec. 1901, a Valkyrie), "Hansel und Gretel" (Jan. 1902, dew fairy), "Germania" (Mar. 1902, Jebbel). Her Kundry consisted of two words in Toscanini's concert performance of "Parsifal" Act 3.

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