Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Nov 10, 2014

Pétur Á. Jónsson (Tenor) (1884 - 1956)

First he received an education as a teacher at the university of Copenhagen. In1911 he studied singing in Berlin. He made his debut in 1912 at the Kurfürsten-Oper in Berlin. In the 1914-1918 seasons Jonsson appeared at the Municipal Theatre in Kiel, then from 1918 to 1922 at the Landestheater in Darmstadt. In Darmstadt he sang in the premieres of the operas "Sonnenflammen" by Siegfried Wagner (1918) and ''Scirocco'' of Eugene d'Albert (1922). In the 1922-1924 seasons he was a member of the Deutschen Oper in Berlin, from 1924 to 1929 he performed at the Municipal Theatre in Bremen. Till 1931 he still lived guesting in Berlin, then returned, however, in his Icelandic native country, where he was primarily still active in the educational field. He made guest appearances with success in Holland, Poland and Switzerland. His repertoire included Florestan in ''Fidelio'', Siegmund in "Walküre", Walther von Stolzing in "Meistersingern", Tristan, Tannhäuser and Parsifal, Nureddin in "Barbier von Bagdad" by Cornelius, Emperor in "Frau ohne Schatten" by Richard Strauss, Francesco in "Don Juans letztes Abenteuer" of Paul Graener, Admet in ''Alkestis'' of E. Wellesz, Samson in ''Samson et Dalila'' by Saint-Saëns, José in ''Carmen'', Duke in ''Rigoletto'', Riccardo in Verdi's  ''Ballo in maschera'', Alvaro in ''La forza del destino'', Ernani of Verdi, Canio in ''Pagliacci'' and Cavaradossi in ''Tosca''.

Chronology of some appearances

1912 Berlin Kurfürsten-Oper
1914-1918 Kiel Municipal Theatre
1918-1922  Darmstadt Landestheater
1922-1924 Berlin Deutschen Oper
1924-1929 Bremen Municipal Theatre


Parlophon, Darmstadt
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Sängerstreit; II. Akt (Bruchstücke) P 1343-II 5780
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Stets soll nur dir mein Lied ertönen 1. Akt P 1343-I 5779
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Quintett with Heckmann-Bettendorf, Engel and Werner P 1504-II 6355

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