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Forgotten Opera Singers
Jul 24, 2014
Leonardo Aramesco (Tenor) (Temesvár 1898 – New York 1946)
He studied singing at Vienna under Otto Iro and Kate Naether-Osten.
He began his stage career appearing in the 1920-23 seasons at the Vienna State Opera.
In 1926 he was engaged by the West German broadcasting company in Cologne. Here he attained
a quite unusual popularity singing roles like Rodolfo in ‘’Bohème’’, Cavaradossi
in ‘’Tosca’’, Don Ottavio in ‘’Don Giovanni’’, Lohengrin, Riccardo in Verdi’s ‘’Ballo
in maschera’’, Jason in ‘’Medea’’ of Cherubini, Don José in ‘’Carmen’’, Almaviva
in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’ and Tamino in ‘’Zauberflöte’’. He also sang in other German
radio stations, among other things at Frankfurt a. M., Stuttgart,
and Prague. Also
as an operetta singer he had a significant career. In 1933 he was dismissed as
a Jew with the German broadcasting company. Then in the 1935-36 season he was
engaged by the Opera House in Lucerne, in the 1937-38
season he performed at the Opera House of Teplitz-Schönau in CzechRepublic.
He went to Amsterdam,
where he made guest appearances and then been active in the field of education.
Then he emigierted to USA.
Here he still gave a recitals. He died suddenly during an USA tour.
Chronology of some appearances
1924-25 Erfurt Municipal Theatre
1925-26 Bielefeld Municipal Theatre
1926-27 Erfurt Municipal Theatre
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Electrola, Berlin 1929-09-26
Rosenkavalier (Strauss): Arie des Sängers EH423 62-625
Zarewitsch (Lehár): Napolitana (Warum hat jeder Frühling) 27162
Gräfin Mariza (kalman):Komm', Zigany 844-A
Polydor, Berlin 1931
Frau Luna (Lincke): Schlösser, die im Monde liegen 17085 12½DB III Polydor, Berlin 1932
Der lachende Ehemann (Eysler): Weinlied 17085 4591BD II Grammophon, Berlin 1933
Todessehnen (Tosti) 17054 5094½BD 8