Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 8, 2015

Evelyn Scotney (Soprano) (Ballarat / Australia 11. 7. 1886, † Londra 7. 8. 1967)

Her voice was discovered in 1910, by the famous prima donna Nellie Melba, during her Australian tours. First she received her education at the conservatoire of Melbourne under Elise Wiedermann, then studied singing in Paris with Mathilde Marchesi de Castrone. She made her debut in 1912 at the Boston Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor. She married to the Boston tenor Howard White and undertook with him a concert tours in North America and Australia. After her successful appearances in Boston, in the 1919-1921 seasons she was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she made her debut as  Eudoxia in Halévys ‘’La Juive’’. At the Metropolitan Opera her parts included Lucia di Lammermoor, the queen of Shemakan in ‘’The Golden Cock’’, Norina in ‘’Don Pasquale’’ (This part she sang as a partner of Enrico Caruso). She gave a recitals through the USA, Canada and Australia and had a huge success in England. Here, about 1935, she had a significant career as a concert soprano, and sang only seldom on the stage. She was also a gifted pianist and developed a substantial talent as a painter. She trained in the classical manner of the Marchesi school.

Chronology of some appearances

1912 Boston Opera Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia)
1919-1921 New York Metropolitan Opera La Juive (Eudoxia)


Vocalion, USA 1921-12?
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Je veux vivre A-0213 8480

Vocalion, USA 1922-12?
Blue Danube Waltz (Strauss) A-0213 10581
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Una voce poco fa A-0214 10594

HMV, London 1926-07-16
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Non mi dir D1119 2-053267
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Mi tradi D1119 2-053268

HMV, London 1926-10-06
Elfin song (Wolf) E481 3-3118
Song of the nightingale (Saint-Saëns) E481 3-3213

1 comment: