Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 16, 2013

Jean Nadalovitch (Nadolovitch) (Tenor) (Zvorestéa, Walachia, Czech Republic 1975 - Berlin, Germania 1966)

At first he studied medicine at the universities of Bologna, Paris and Vienna. After passing his professional examinations he worked in German clinics, then became an assistant of professor Schröder in Vienna. Even during his medical studies he trained his voice at the conservatory of Jassy under Mezetti and Ernesto Rossi as well as in Paris under Jean Faure and Gabrielle Ferrari. Then from 1902-04 additionally under Joseph Gänsbacher in Vienna. He debuted in 1904 at the opera house of Graz in Gounod’s ‘’Faust’’. After guest performances in Vienna Volksoper, in Klagenfurt and Belgrade he was engaged in 1905 for the newly opened Komische Oper in Vienna. In the opening performance of this new house, Nadalovitch sang the role of Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. He remained the first tenor of this company until 1911. He appeared also in several silent films. Later he busied himself  mostly with his medical calling and in 1912 opened an Institute for the Physiology of the Voice in Vienna; in 1935 this institute was closed by the national-socialist regime, he was sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II, but was one of the few to survive. From there he returned in 1945 to Berlin. There he was again active in the educational area.

Chronology of appearance

1904 Graz Municipal Theatre Faust (Faust)
1905 Vienna Komische Oper  Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Hoffmann)


Parlophon, Berlin 1913
Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach):  Ha, wie in meiner Seele P300 2-1948
Manon (Thomas): Weich' von mir, holdes Bild P1548 2-1548
Manon (Thomas): Leb' wohl, Mignon P1550 2-1550

Parlophon, Berlin 1914
Trovatore (Verdi): Ständchen des Troubadour P300 2-1940
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): O sag, wenn ich fahr' auf stürmischen Wogen  P303 2-1941
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Dies Herz, das heiß und treu geliebt P303 2-1942
Rigoletto (Verdi): Freundlich blick' ich P301 2-1943
Rigoletto (Verdi): O, wie so trügerisch  P301 2-1944

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