Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Dec 28, 2014

Ljuba Mirella (Soprano) (Rostov 1896 - Milano 1962)

Her real name was Ljuba Wagenhein. She was the daughter of a Polish musician and emigrated after the First World War to Italy. Here she had success at the leading opera houses as well as at the guest performances. Her the most significant role was counted Musetta  in G. Puccini's ''La Bohème''. She spent her old age at the Milan Casa di riposo Verdi.

Chronology of some appearances

1925 Milano Teatro Carcano Boheme (Musetta)
1926 Genova Politeama Genovese Boheme (Musetta)
1927 Bolzano Teatro Civico Boheme (Musetta)
1928 Fiorenzuola d'Arda Teatro Verdi Boheme (Musetta)
1929 Pegognaga Teatro Del Littorio Boheme (Musetta)
1930 Luino Teatro Sociale Boheme (Musetta)
1931 Padova Teatro Garibaldi Boheme (Musetta)
1933 Milano Teatro Carcano Boheme (Musetta)


Columbia, Milano 1931
Complete Fedora (Giordano) with Gilda Dalla Rizza, Antonio Melandri, Emilio Ghilardini and Corrado Zambelli

Odeon, Milano 1931-10-27
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Sei là? with Bertinelli 168779 Mo3380
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Hai tempo aridimelo with Bertinelli 168779 Mo3381
Pastorale (Cuscina) Mo 3872
Ninna nanna (Zanella) Mo 3873


  1. 1926 Torino Teatro Regio Lakmé (Malika)
    1927 Torino Teatro Regio Il crepuscolo degli dei (Terza Norna)
    1928 Torino Teatro Regio Hansel e Gretel (Fata Rugiada)

  2. Dear Ashot, thank you very much for the information! Do you know if Mirella ever sang at La Scala? Wikipedia states she probably never did. Do you have any information on that?

  3. 1929 Pavia Teatro Fraschini Hansel e Gretel (Gretel)

    1. My friend 90% she never appeared at the Teatro Alla Scala. I have no information about that. Thank you for your comments.
      All the best

  4. Dear friend! I've found one more point for Mirella's chronology.
    1930 Livorno Teatro Goldoni Adriana Lecouvreur (Jouvenot)

    1. Thanks a lot for your comments
      All the best