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Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller
Jul 1, 2014
Elena Dragulinescu - Stinghe (Soprano) (? 1881 - Bucharest 1970)
From 1901 to 1906 she studied singing at the
Bucharest Conservatory under Charlota Laria (singing), D. Gh. Kiriac (theory,
solfeggio, harmony, choir), C. Flesch (violin) and Aristizza Romanescu (dictiune).
Additionally she studied singing under the famous Sopranos Elena Teodorini and
also trained in Paris.
In 1902 she made her debut at the
National Theatre in Bucharest as Philine in ‘’Mignon’’ of A. Thomas. She appeared in this Opera House
till 1909. From 1909 to 1914 she performed with success in Paris, also in other French cities. Together
with French singers she toured North America, Ukraine,
Bessarabia and Belgium.
During the First World War she returned to Romania. In the 1914-1915 season, she
was a soloist at the Opera in Bucharest.
Then sang at the Opera of Iasi (1916-1918). At the National Opera of Bucharest
she was the lead singer for almost two decades, with the exception of one year
(1927-1928), when she sang at the Opera in Cluj. She appeared in ‘’Lame’’, ‘’Madama
Butterfly’’, ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’Ballo in Maschera’’,
‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, ‘’Faust’’, ‘’Carmen’’, ‘’Don Pasquale’’,’’Bohème’’ etc.
In 1940 she retired from the stage. She taught private lessons of singing, and
between 1946 and 1948 he did the same thing at the Conservatory
"Astra" in Bucharest.