Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 18, 2014

Edward Lankow (Bass) (Tarrytown, N.Y. in 1883 – New York 1940)

The real name of this singer was Edward Rosenberg. He studied singing at New York with the famous German pedagogue Anna Lankow, whose name he accepted after the education. In 1904 he made his debut as a concert singer; in 1905 he took part as assistant artist in an America tour of the famous Adelina Patti. Then he came to Europe and in the 1906-08 seasons became a member of the Court Opera of Dresden. From 1908 to 1910 he sang at the Opera House of Frankfurt a. M., in the 1910-11 season he performed at the Vienna Court Opera. In 1912 he was engaged by the Boston Opera House, then he appeared at the Metropolitan Opera of  New York (beginning role: Sarastro in the ‘’Magic Flute’’ opposte Emmy Destinn, Leo Slezak and Otto Goritz). He sang this part there in the 1912-13 season 5 times. Later he was active mainly as a concert and oratorio singer. In the 1921-22 season he appeared at Chicago Opera House in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’ (as King Mark) and then made guest apperarance at the Opéra-Comique of Paris. He retired from the stage early and became a pedagogue in New York.

Chronology of some appearances

1906-1908 Dresden Court Opera
1908- 1910 Frankfurt a. M. Opera House
1910-1911 Vienna Court Opera
1912 Boston Opera House
1912-1913 New York Metropolitan Opera
1921-1922 Chicago Opera House


Gramophone, Berlin 1908
Zauberflöte (Mozart): In diesen heil'gen Hallen 4-42014 6820L
Juive (Halévy): Wenn ew'ger Hass (Cavatine) 4-42015 6821L

HMV, Paris 1926-10-26
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Isis c'est l'heure 4-32744 BFR178
Juive (Halévy): Si la rigueur 4-32745 BFR179

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