Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

Apr 8, 2015

William Martin (tenor) (Massachusetts, USA 1898 – USA ?)


He studied singing under Leveret Merrill, A Sujol, and Florence Holtzman. A graduate of Harvard University, he was for many years a member of the Harvard Glee Club. He made his professional opera debut in 1923 in the title role of Jules Massenet's ‘’Werther’’. He was committed to the Opéra-Comique in Paris from 1925-1929 where he notably sang the role of Philipp in the world premiere of Lucien Chevaillier's ‘’Le poème du soir’’. In 1927 he and Mary McCormic became the first two Americans to appear in leading roles at the Opéra National de Paris, respectively portraying the title role and the role of Marguerite in Charles Gounod's ‘’Faust’’. In 1929 he had a major success at the Palais Garnier as the Duke of Mantua in Giuseppe Verdi's ‘’Rigoletto’’. In 1930 he sang Romeo to Grace Moore's Juliette in Gounod's ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie. Martin is best remembered today for creating the role of Amelia's lover in the world premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's ‘’Amelia Goes to the Ball’’ on 1 April 1937 at the Philadelphia Academy of Music.

Chronology of some appearances

1925-1929 Paris Opéra-Comique

RECORDINGS FOR SALE









Columbia
La forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Marcel Rodrigo AX1287 L1763
Faust (Gounod): Salut demeure L1789 AX1296
Boheme (Puccini): O Mimì, tu più non torni with Marcel Rodrigo AL1286 L1763
Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina L1789 AX1289

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