Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 15, 2014

Louis Dornay (Louis Goldsteen) (Tenor) (Amsterdam 1876 – USA 1940)

His real name was Louis Goldsteen. He made his debut in 1909 with the Opera-Vereeniging (Opera Company) in the role of Walter van der Vogelweide in Wagner's ‘’Tannhauser’’. In 1910 he appeared with the same company in the role of Don Jose in ‘’Carmen’’. Carmen herself was sung by Irma Lozin. Between 1909 and 1925 he gave numerous performances in the Netherlands, of which between 1914 and 1918 regular with the Franse (French) Opera in The Hague ( Theatre Royal de La Haye) , in roles as Arnold (‘’Guillaume Tell’’), Faust, Radames (‘’Aida’’), Tanhauser, the duke (‘’Rigoletto’’), Manrico (‘’Trovatore’’), Eleazar (‘’La Juive’’) and many others. He appeared opposute: Maartje Offers (Amneris, Aida and Dalila from ‘’Samson and Dalila’’), Joy Mac-Arden (Marguerite, ‘’Faust’’), Liesbeth Poolmann-Meisner (Elisabeth, ‘’Tannhauser’’), Greta Santhagens-Manders (Elisabeth, ‘’Tannhauser’’) and Lea Fuldauer (Nedda, ‘’Paljas’’). He sang also regular abroad, in Belgium in LiЁge, in 1913 in Aachen, afterwards in Berlin. From 1920 he sang in the United States, where he later settled down. Abroad he used the name of Louis Dornay.

Chronology of some appearances

19014-1918 Hague Theatre Royal


Gramophone, Berlin 1915
Trovatore (Verdi) O Gott, du schweigst with Barbara Kemp and Emma Vilmar 044282 898m

Gramophone, Berlin 1915/1916
Widmung (Schumann) 942746 18454L
Frühlingsfahrt (Schumann) 942747 18453L

Columbia, 1916?
Maritana: Er is een bloempje dat bloeit D 6371
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Thans spelen (Smartlied) D6330 36312
Otello (Verdi) Sì, pel ciel marmoreo giuro! with Carel van Hulst  D17077 75615
Rigoletto (Verdi): Licht als een veer die zweeft D6330 36317

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