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Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller
as Prince in ''Rusalka'' opposite Marie Kubátová (1901)
He began his career as an actor with different
traveling troops. He was among other things a pupil of F. Pivoda. He made his
debut in 1890 at the Opernhaus in Brno
(Brünn) as Hans in B. Smetana’s "Verkaufter Braut" and appeared till
1896 in this opera house. The same year he made his debut in ‘’Dalibor’’ at the
National Theatre in Prague.
Here he soon had a great success and appeared as Roméo in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’,
Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’ and Eleazar in ‘’La Juive’’. He sang
at the National Opera in Prague
in an important premieres of Czech operas of his epoch: on 23. 11. 1899 he took
part there in the premiere of the " Čert a Káča" by A. Dvořák, on
31. 3. 1901 sang the role of Prince in the premiere of A. Dvořák’s opera ‘’Rusalka’’
and on 25. 3. 1904 appeared in the premiere of A. Dvořák’s opera ‘’Armida’’. In
the 1912-1914 seasons he was active in North America, then came back to Prague. He spent the last
ten years of his life completely secludedly.
Chronology of some appearances
1890-1896Brno Opernhaus Verkaufter Braut
1896 Prague National Theatre Dalibor
1899 Prague National Theatre Čert a Káča