Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 28, 2015

Bernardo Bernardi (Laib Berek) (Tenor) (Warsaw, Poland August 3, 1882 - Düsseldorf, Germany March 11, 1923)

His real name was Laib Berek. He spent his youth in Italy, then went to Switzerland, where he was active as a carpet dealer. In 1905 became a pupil of Hans Rogorsch in Zurich. In 1906 he made his debut at the Stadttheater in  Zürich and till 1913 remained a member of this opera house. Here he sang a huge number of opera parts and created among other things for Zurich and Switzerland the role of Narraboth in ‘’Salome’’ (1907) and the Bacchus in ‘’Ariadne auf Naxos’’ by R. Strauss. Here he appeared also in the premieres of the operas ‘’Eugene Onegin’’ (1908-1909 season), ‘’Madama Butterfly’’ (1909-1910 season) and ‘’Don Carlo’’ (1911). In  the 1913-1915 seasons he was engaged by the Opernhaus in Dusseldorf. Since 1915 he was to be heard in Zürich, Basel, Bern und Luzern. His best performances were considered to be in the Italian repertoire. Probably he died suddenly. His recordings are extremely rare. 

Opera Premieres

1907 Zürich Stadttheater Salome (Narraboth)
1907 Zürich Stadttheater Ariadne auf Naxos (Bacchus)
1908-1909 Zürich Stadttheater Eugene Onegin (Lensky)
1909-1910 Zürich Stadttheater Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1911 Zürich Stadttheater Don Carlo (Don Carlo)

Chronology of some appearances

1906-1913 Zürich Stadttheater  
1913-1915 Dusseldorf Opernhaus 


Zonophone, Zürich 1904
Das Edelwiess (Penschel) X-82217

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