Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Apr 30, 2014

Vittorio Pozzi Camolla (Baritone)




Probably he made his debut in 1885 at the Teatro Comunale of Catania in Donizetti’s ‘’Don Sebastiano’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1885 Catania Teatro Comunale Don Sebastiano (Don Giovanni)
1889 Pistoia Politeama Mabellini Favorita (Alfonso)
1891 Bergamo Teatro Riccardi Aida (Amonasro)
1893 Messina  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
1896 Napoli Teatro Fondo Forza del destino (Carlo)
1899 Oporto Teatro S. Joao Otello (Jago)
1901 Vicenza Teatro Verdi Aida (Amonasro)
1903 Corfù Teatro Nuovo Faust (Valentino)
1907 Bologna  Teatro Del Corso Lohengrin (Tetralmondo)
1909 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Pagliacci (Tonio)
1911 Suzzara Teatro Sociale Ernani (Silva)

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G&T, Milano 1903-11/12
Siberia (Giordano): O mia bella with de Luca, A Pini-Corsi and Gennari 054039 Con749




















Angelo Pilotto (Baritone) (Treviso 1895 - ?)



He studied singing at Padua under Orefice and made his debut in 1917 at the Teatro Borghi Tosi of Ferrara as Escamilio in Bizet's ''Carmen''.

Chronology of some appearances

1917 Ferrara Teatro Borghi Tosi Carmen (Escamillo)
1919 Porto Maurizio    Teatro Cavour Faust (Valentino)
1921 Milano Arena Il Figliuol Prodigo di A.Ponchielli (Amenofi)
1923 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Aida (Amonasro)
1925 Piacenza Teatro Municipale Boheme (Marcello)
1927 Torino Teatro Regio Boheme (Marcello)
1929 Valencia  Teatro Principal Aida (Amonasro)
1931 Figline Valdarno Teatro Garibaldi Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1933 Mulhouse Opera Stagione
1935 New York Hippodrome Pagliacci (Tonio)
1937 New York Hippodrome Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1940 Cincinnati Zoo Opera Aida (Amonasro)
1943 Pittsburgh Grand Opera House   Aida (Amonasro)
1947 Albany Music Hall Traviata (Germont)
1955 Lowell High School Auditorium Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)

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HMV, Milano 1929-06-04
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Addio, fiorito asil with Alessandro Valente S 10206 30-614

Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1930
Erodiade (Massenet): Vision fuggitiva  168774 b


Gaetano Rebonato (Baritone) (Sanguinetto ? - ?)




He studied singing with Riccardo Daviesi and then under the teacher E. Herbert-Caesari. Probably he made his debut in 1892 at the Teatro Sociale of Treviglio in ‘’Tutti in maschera’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1892 Treviglio Teatro Sociale Tutti in Maschera
1896 Milano Teatro Eden Strategia d'amore di R.Marenco
1898 Pavia Teatro Fraschini    Papa' Martin di A.Cagnoni (Feliciano)
1900  Reggio Emilia  Teatro Municipale Gioconda (Barnaba)
1902 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Pagliacci (Tonio)
1904 Madrid Teatro Reale Elisir d'amore (Belcore)
1906 Città del Messico Teatro Arbeu Pescatori di Perle (Zurga)
1908 Milano Teatro La Scala Forza del destino (Melitone)
1910 Milano Teatro Lirico Malbruk di R.Leoncavallo (Malbruk)
1912 Cuneo Teatro Toselli Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Bartolo)
1916 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Bartolo)
1919 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Boheme (Benoit/Alcindoro)
1922 Macerata Teatro Lauro Rossi  Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Bartolo)
1924 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Bartolo)
1930 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Stagione


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Lyrophon, Milano
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Bella siccome un angelo J498
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Renato Azzarri J532


Apr 29, 2014

Albino Marone (Bass) (Torino 1891 - Alfano Natta/Alessandria 1962)



                                                                  Mefistofele

He was trained as chorist at Turin and then by Pia Rocca and maestro Boglione as soloist. He made his debut in 1919 at the Teatro Torinese in Turin. In the 1929-1930 season he sang with success at La Scala under Arturo Toscanini. In 1931 he guested at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo performing as Oroveso in ‘’Norma’’ (with Gina Cigna in the title role), Pimen in ‘’Boris Godunov’’ and as Re Marke in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’. He also made guest appearances at Egypt, melbourne and Barcelona. In the second half of his career he appeared a lot in the Italian broadcasting company EIAR at Rome and Turin. The second world war forced him to remain in his Italian native country, where he and retired from the stage appearing for the last time at the Teatro Verdi at Pisa.

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Torino Teatro Torinese Ballo in maschera (Samuel)
1929-1930 Milano Teatro La Scala Aida (Re), Tannhauser (Langravio)
1931 Palermo Teatro Massimo Norma (Oroveso)


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Fonotipia, Milano 1930-03-20
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Allor che scorre with Vittorio Lois and Massimo Andreoli 172077 XXPh6569
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Troncar i suoi di with Vittorio Lois and Massimo Andreoli 172077 XXPh6570

La Voce del Padrone
Orfeo (Monteverdi) Possente spirto with Enrico De Franceschi  DB 5377


Apr 23, 2014

Giuseppe Tisci Rubini (Bass) (Naples 1867 – Naples 1936)



Probably his stage debut took place in 1892 at Naples and for more than 40 years he sang at the famous Italian opera houses, later appeared, however, only as comprimario. Already in 1898 he made guest appearance at the Opera House of Monte Carlo as Lodovico in Verdi’s ‘’Otello’’. On 22. 11. 1898 he performed at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome in the premiere of Mascagni’s opera ‘’Iris’’ as Cieco and repeated the same part in 1899 at La Scala, Milan. In 1917 he was to be heard at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan. He was especially successful at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in the 1901-05 seasons. at the Teatro San Carlo of his hometown Naples, he belonged till 1934 to the most popular singers. Here he also appeared in the premiere of the Felice Lattuada’s opera ‘’Don Giovanni’’ (1929) and Franco Alfano’s ‘’L'ultimo lord’’ (1930). After ending of his career he was a song pedagogue in Naples.

Chronology of  some appearances

1890 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Ruy Blas (Guritano)
1894 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Aida (Ramfis)
1896 Genova Teatro Carlo Felice Guglielmo Ratcliff (Tom)
1898 Bari Teatro Piccinni Mefistofele (Mefistofele)
1901 Trieste Teatro Verdi Iris (Cieco)
1903 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Aida (Ramfis)
1905 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Norma (Oroveso)
1908 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Africana (Don Diego)
1912 Faenza Teatro Masini Mignon (Lotario)
1914 Roma Teatro Costanzi Parsifal (Titurel)
1916 Milano Teatro Carcano   Manon (Conte)
1918 Pesaro Teatro Rossini Guglielmo Ratcliff (Tom)
1921 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Le Donne Curiose di E.Wolf Ferrari
1926  Palermo Teatro Biondo Boheme (Colline)
1929 Palermo  Politeama Garibaldi Africana (Inquisitore) 
1933 Palermo  Politeama Garibaldi Madama Butterfly (Bonzo)


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G&T, Milano 1902-12
Bohème (Puccini): Vecchia zimarra 52661 2910b

G&T, Milano 1903-10
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): La calunnia 052018 Con614

Gramophone, Milano 1912-09-19
Mefistofele (Boito): Giunto sul passo estremo with Luca Botta 054407 481aj


Apr 20, 2014

Pierre Fouchy (Tenor)



In the 1930's he appeared with success at the Opera-Comique in Paris.

Chronology of  appearance

1930 Paris Opera-Comique Les armaillis (Fritz)

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Parlophone 
Paillasse (Leoncavallo): Sérénade d’Arlequin 29007
Le Roi d’Ys (Lalo): Aubade 29007
Mirelle (Gounod): Anges du Paradis  29009


Apr 10, 2014

Gina Moretti Stefani (Soprano) (? 1874 - Milano 1914)



Her husband was the baritone Guido Stefani. Probably she made her debut in 1902 at the Teatro Umberto I° as Elvira in Bellini’s ‘’Puritani’’. In the 1905-1906 season she made guest appearances at the Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires performing in ‘’Boheme’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’Ballo in maschera’’, ‘’Mignon’’, ‘’Faust’’ and ‘’Carmen’’. In 1911 she sang at Warsaw. She retired from the stage in 1912.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Oneglia Teatro Umberto I° Puritani (Elvira)
1904 Colorno Teatro Sociale Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia)
1906 Buenos Aires Teatro San Martin Faust (Margherita)
1908 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1910 Tunisi Politeama Rossini Boheme (Musetta)
1912 Faenza Teatro Comunale Manon (Manon)

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Odeon Fonotipia, Milano
Aida (Verdi): Là tra le foreste vergini with Carlo Albani X110108
Aida (Verdi) Pur ti riveggo with Carlo Albani  X110107
Traviata (Verdi); Ah! Forse è lui 82537
Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti) M'odi, ah! m'odi! 110266
Traviata (Verdi):  Sempre libera with unknown tenor 82538


Olga Carrara-Pescia (Soprano) (Firenze 1888 - ?)




She made her debut in 1910 at  the Teatro Sociale of Comacchio as Amelia in Verdi’s ‘’Ballo in Maschera’’. In 1920 she made guest appearance at San Francisco, perfomring in Puccini’s ‘’Boheme’’. Then she continued career at the famous Italian opera houses. In 1924 she toured through Cuba and Central America with an opera troupe to which belonged also Titta Ruffo and Antonio Cortis. She sang in Havana, Caracas and Bogotà appearing in ‘’Bohème’’, ‘’Andrea Chénier’’ and ‘’Tosca’’ and ‘’Aida’’. In 1925 at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona she sang in Puccini’s ‘’Tosca’’. In 1925 she sang at the Arena di Verona in Rossini’s ‘’Mosè’’ as a partner of Nazzareno de Angeles. In 1930 she sang at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in the premiere of the opera ‘’Dafni’’ of Giuseppe Mulè. She retired from the stage in 1931.

Chronology of some appearances

1910 Comacchio Teatro Sociale Ballo in Maschera (Amelia)
1913 Padova Teatro Verdi  Amore Dei Tre Re (Flora)
1920 San Francisco Teatro Curran   Boheme (Mimì)
1922 San Josè Teatro Nacional Boheme (Mimì)
1924 Havana  Teatro Nacional Aida (Aida)
1926 Venezia  Teatro La Fenice Ugonotti (Valentina)
1928 Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Turandot (Turandot)
1930 Palermo Teatro Massimo Turandot (Turandot)
1931 Roma Teatro Costanzi Aida (Aida)

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Odeon, Milano
Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte 82518

Pathe, Milano
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Voi lo sapete 40183


Emma Longhi (Mezzo-Soprano)




In 1905 at the Teatro Dal Verme she appeared in the premiere of  F. Medina’s opera ‘’Nadia d'Algernon’’. She retired from the stage in 1916.

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Brescia Teatro Guillaume Al Canto di R. Romanini
1897 Jassy Teatro Nazionale   Gioconda (Cieca)
1899 Odessa Teatro Municipale Carmen (Frasquita)
1901 Lima Teatro Forero La Resurrezione di Lazzaro di L. Perosi
1903 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Gioconda (Laura)
1905 Biella Teatro Sociale Carmen (Carmen)
1907 Roma Teatro Quirino Carmen (Carmen)
1909 Costantinopoli Teatro Petit Champs Aida (Amneris)
1916 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Matrimonio Segreto (Fidalma)


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G&T, Milano 1903-10/11
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Vaga donna 053023 Con524R
Samson et Dalila (saint-Saëns): Cantabile 53339 Con322 

Gramophone, London 1907
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Rondò del paggio 053024 Con626

Apr 6, 2014

Tancredi Pasero (Bass) (Torino 1893 – Milano 1983)




He studied with Arturo Pessina (a former well-known br.) and made his debut in 1917 in Turin, the city of his birth, as Ramphis in ‘’Aida’’. The singer later considered the beginning of his artistic life on December 15, 1918 as Rodolfo in Bellini’s ‘’La Sonnambula’’. Shortly afterwards he repeated the role at La Scala. Pasero’s illustrious and unusually long career was mostly centered in Italy. His main house was La Scala, where Arturo Toscanini engaged him for leading roles. He made guest appearances at Covent Garden, and also in Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Hamburg. He was a member of the Met from 1929 until 1933. His most memorable roles were in ‘’Aida’’, ‘’Il Trovatore’’, ‘’Luisa Miller’’, ‘’La Gioconda’’, ‘’Norma’’, ‘’La Bohème’’, ‘’La Forza del Destino’’, ‘’Guglielmo Tell’’, ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, ‘’Simon Boccanegra’’ and ‘’Don Giovanni’’ (as Leporello). At the Met he appeared opposite an amazing number of glorious voices. In 1933 he enjoyed an enormous success at the Maggio Musicale in Florence in Spontini’s ‘’La Vestale’’ opposite the great Rosa Ponselle . He often appeared at the Arena di Verona. In 1948 he sang at a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of Donizetti’s deat, and in 1950 he appeared for the last time as Wotan in the ‘’Walkyrie’’. To Pasero’s most famous roles must be numbered the following roles: Rossini’s Mosè, Sarastro, Don Basilio, Philip, Boris Godunov and Escamillo as well as several important Wagner assumptions: King Heinrich, Gurnemanz, King Marke, Pogner and Hagen (in Italian). He also participitated in the world premières of several operas, among them Mascagni’s ‘’Nerone’’ at La Scala and Pinzetti’s ‘’Orseolo’’ in Florence. His voice impresses by its richness and the eveness of its quality from top to bottom of the wide range (Pasero added some br. roles at the end of his career). Pasero’s expression is not only distinguished by its lyrical qualities but also of great feeling and dignity. He avoids to exhibit the voice in the sort of overt emotionalism. In this, he is an antipode to Nazzareno de Angelis.

Chronology of some appearances

1917 Turin Opera House Aida (Ramfis)
1929-1933 New York Metropolitan Opera


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Fonotipia, Milano 1927-01-14
Trovatore (Verdi): Abbietta zingara O-8902 XXPh5834
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): La calunnia O-8902 XXPh5835


Francisco d’Andrade (Baritone) ( Lisbon 1859 - Berlin 1921)



                                                                Nelusko

His brother was the famous tenor Antonio d'Andrade. His full name was Francisco Augusto de Andrade E Silva. In 1881 he studied singing under Manuel Carreira, Luiz da Costa and José Romano in Lisbon, but in  1886 he went to Milan, where he was a pupil of pedagogues Miraglia and Ronconi. In 1882 he made his debut in Sanremo as Amonasro in Verdi’s ‘’Aida’’. During the following years he appeared with success first in Italy, then in Spain and Portugal, performing not only at the Teatro alla Scala, but also at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. In 1886 he made guest appearance at Covent Garden, London as Renato in Verdi’s ‘’Ballo in maschera’’, in which he had big success till 1890, among other things as Germont ‘’Traviata’’, Enrico in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’ and as Count di Luna in ‘’Trovatore’’. In 1887 he sang in Moscow as Telramund in ‘’Lohengrin’’. In 1889 he went with an opera troupe of the impresario Gardini, the husband of the soprano Etelka Gerster, to Berlin. He was so successful there as Figaro in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Rigoletto and as Don Giovanni that he took later here his residence. From 1906 to 1916 he was often to be heard at the Berlin Court Opera. From 1891 to 1910 he was nearly every year appeared at the Opera House of Frankfurt a. M., in 1894, 1896, 1901 and 1909 at the Municipal Theatre of Zurich. He performed also in Germany, Holland, Austria, Russia, England and Scandinavia mainly as a Don Giovanni. In this part he counted as unequalled; his amusing representation of the Don Giovanni was painted by Max Slevogt. Also in Salzburg (1901) he sang the role of Don Giovanni together with Lilli Lehmann, Johanna Gadski and Geraldine Farrar. Up to 1919 he appeared on the stage, last only as Don Giovanni. His other star role was Figaro in Rossini’s ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’. He controlled a stage repertoire of 56 roles into six languages, under it numerous parts from the area of the French opera (Nevers in ‘’Les Huguénots’’, Escamillo in ‘’Carmen’’, Hoël in ‘’Dinorah’’ of  Meyerbeer, Zurga in ‘’Pêcheurs de perles’’ of Bizet, Nelusco in ‘’L'Africaine’’, Valentin in ‘’'Faust’’ of Gounod, Scindia in ‘’Le Roi de Lahore’’ of Massenet). When Portugal entered into the First World War, he had to leave in 1916 Germany. Then he lived in Portugal, where in 1918 for the last time he appeared on the stage as Figaro in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’. However, in 1919 he came back again to Berlin, but two years later died suddenly.

Chronology of some appearances

1882 Sanremo Opera House Aida (Amonasro)
1886 London Covent Garden Ballo in maschera (Renato)
1891-1910 Frankfurt a. M. Opera House
1906-1916 Berlin Court Opera
1894, 1896, 1901, 1909 Zurich Municipal Theatre

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Lyrophon, Berlin 1908?
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Sohn, knie nieder (Gebet) d'A4
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) Ich bin das Faktotum  d'A5
Tannhäuser (Wagner) Wie Todesahnung  d'A9
Favorita (Donizetti): Arie des Alfonso d'A8
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Finch'han dal vino d'A12


Oreste Gennari (Tenor)



Probably he made his debut in 1884 at the Teatro Rossi in Pisa. In 1902 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan opposite Enrico Caruso, Amelia Pinto and Mario Sammarco, he appeared in the world premiere of Giordano’s opera ‘’Germania’’. He retired from the stage in 1909. He made only one record.

Chronology of some appearances

1890 Bologna Teatro Del Corso Mignon (Guglielmo)
1891 Venezia Teatro Malibran Favorita (Fernando)
1892 Rovigo Teatro Sociale    Mignon (Guglielmo)
1893 Malta Teatro Reale Sonnambula (Elvino)
1894 Malta Teatro Reale RIgoletto (Duca)
1895 Roma Teatro Costanzi A Basso Porto di N.Spinelli (Luigino)
1896 Barcellona Teatro Liceo Pepita Jimenez di I.Albeniz
1897 Firenze Teatro Pagliano A Basso Porto di A.Spinelli (Luigino)
1898 Pola Teatro Ciscutti Favorita (Fernando)
1899 Milano Teatro dei Filodrammatici Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1900 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1901 Milano Teatro La Scala Le Maschere (Arlecchino)
1902 Modena Teatro Municipale A Basso Porto di A.Spinelli
1903 Milano Teatro Lirico Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1904 Madrid Teatro Reale Dinorah (Corentino)


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G&T, Milano 1903-11/12
Siberia (Giordano): O mia bella with Giuseppe de Luca, Gaetano Pini-Corsi and Vittorio Pozzi-Camolla 054039 Con749



















Apr 2, 2014

Teréz Krammer (Soprano) (1868 - 1934)




She studied singing under Imré Bellovicz in Budapest. In 1888 she made her debut at the Opera House of Leipzig appearing as Micaela in Bizet’s ‘’Carmen’’ and then in the 1891-92 season she was engaged by the Budapest Court Opera, where she sang among other things the role of Senta in Wagner’s ‘’Fliegenden Holländer’’ and the Elisabeth in ‘’Tannhäuser’’. After performing in Elberfeld and Dusseldorf she went to sing in Magdeburg (1892-95), then to Wroclaw (1895-98) and only in 1899 she joined to the Dresden Court Opera. She sang there parts like Aida, Sieglinde in ‘’Walkure’’, Venus in ‘’Tannhäuser’’ and role of Tamara in Rubinstein’s ‘’Demon’’. On 29. 5. 1901 she appeared in Dresden in the premiere of the opera ‘’Manru’’ of Paderewski. from 1902-12 she belonged to the ensemble of the Budapest National Opera. In 1902 she appeared in this opera house in the premiere of the opera ‘’Götz von Berlichingen’’ of Goldmark; in 1903 she sang there the role of Tosca in the Hungarian première of the Puccini’s opera in presence of the composer with the famous tenor Georg Anthes in the part of the Cavaradossi. In 1910 she created for Budapest the role of Elektra in ‘’Elektra’’ of Strauss. In the 1912-14 season she performed at the Opera House of Frankfurt a. M., then came, however, again to the Budapest National Opera, where she sang among other things in 1914 the role of Kundry in the Hungarian première of Wagner’s ‘’Parsifal’’. Later she worked as pedagogue in Budapest. Shewas married to opera singer Franz Schmidt (1852? - 1897).


Chronology of some appearances

1888 Leipzig Opera House Carmen (Micaela)
1891-1892 Budapest Court Opera
1892-1895 Magdeburg Opera House
1895-1898 Wroclaw Opera House
1899 Dresden Court Opera 
1902-1912 Budapest National Opera

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G&T, Budapest 1902?
Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte 73209