Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 4, 2015

Eugen Transky (Tenor)

He was of Russian descent. After his education he made his debut in 1910 at the Theatre in Toruń, Poland. In the 1911-1912 seasons he appeared at the Hoftheater in Thüringen, from 1912 to 1913 at the Stadttheater in Nuremberg, in the 1913-1914 season at the Opernhaus in Wroclaw. There he appeared in 1913 in the German première of Mussorgsky’s ‘’Boris Godunov’’. from 1914 to 1918 due to his Russian nationality he forced to interrupt his career. In the 1919-1920 season he appeared again at the Landestheater in Gera. After the First World War he made guest appearances at the Volksoper in Berlin. from 1926 to 1930 he sang at the radio hour of the Berlin broadcasting company. At the same time he been active in Berlin as a singing teacher. As a Jew after 1933 he never appeared at the German operatic stages and sang from 1933 to 1937 at the theatre of the Jewish cultural alliance in Berlin. Here he appeared among other things as Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’. At the Jewish cultural alliance in Frankfurt a. M. he sang in 1936 the role of Florestan in ‘’Fidelio’’. He should have emigrated to South America where he has worked in Rio de Janeiro as a vocal pedagogue. 

Chronology of some appearances

1910 Toruń  Theatre
1911-1912 Thüringen Hoftheater
1912-1913 Nuremberg Stadttheater
1913-1914 Wroclaw Opernhaus
1919-1920 Gera Landestheater


Parlophon, Berlin 1921-05-13
Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): Hörst du es tönen with Emmy Bettendorf P1272 2-2887

Martha (Flotow) with Sabine Meyen, Charlotte Müller and Otto Helgers


  1. Here writes Walter Tabacniks, grandson from Mr Transky. He died in Sao Paulo, at his son's home (Gregors). He left two sons (Gregors and Jacob, both died in Sao Paulo too). Mr Transky died 1967~1968 (not sure, I'm looking for papers). All his family still lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  2. Hello
    Dear Walter thanks a lot for your very interesting comment, please tell me, do you have any photo of Eugene Transky?????