Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

Oct 18, 2015

Johan Hjalmar Frey (Bass/Baritone) (28. marraskuuta 1856 Viipuri – 11. tammikuuta 1913 Helsinki)




He studied singing in Milan under Francesco Lamperti and Silvia della Valle. In 1880 he made his debut at the Opera House of Trieste. On 22. 3. 1882 he appeared in the premiere of G. Donizetti’s opera ‘’Il Duca d'Alba’’. From  1884 to 1885 he perfected his vocal technique under R. Müller in Leipzig and then became a member of the Court Opera of St. Petersburg, singing here till 1905. At the St. Petersburg Court Opera he performed in the premieres of two important operas by P. Tshaikovsky: on 19. 10. 1890 in "The Queen of Spades", on 18. 12. 1892 in ‘’Iolanta’’. Later he lived in Helsinki. There he was active since 1909 as a choirmaster of the church of the Swedish Lutheran municipality.

Chronology of some appearances

1880 Trieste Opera House
1881 Roma Teatro Apollo
1882 Roma Teatro Costanzi
1885-1905 St. Petersburg Court Opera 

RECORDINGS FOR SALE









Zonophone, St Petersburg 1901/1902
Molitva (Prayer) (Bulakhov) X-62335

G&T, St Petersburg 1903
Rigoletto (Verdi): Quartett with Vladina, Maximovskaya & Bogdanovitch 24339 1427z
Na sever dikom (Dargomyszki) with Vladina & Bogdanovitch 24329 1428z
Der Asra (Rubinstein) 2-42771 1404z
Der öde Garten (Hermann) 2-42136 1331c
In der Fremde (Schumann) 2-42137 1333c
Es muß ein wunderbares sein (Liszt) 2-42134 1329c
Litanei (Schubert) 2-42820 1403z
Viele Träume (Sinding) 2-42135 1330c
Ein grünes Blatt (Nunnius) 2-42772 1406z
Geheimnis (Weidenbrück) 2-42138 1332c
Es war ein alter König (Weidenbrück) 2-42786 1407z
Mittagsstille (Weidenbrück) 2-42821 1405z
Laps' Suomen (O barn af Hellas) (Pacius) 2-22559 1357z

G&T, St Petersburg 1905
Till trånaden (Söderberg) 82910 2778L
Var det en dröm (Benzon) 82906 2773L
Värme och ljus (Josephson) 82908 2775L
Wanderers Nachtlied (Collan) 3-42186 2777L

Gramophone, St Petersburg 1908-09
Tuoll' laulaa neitonen (Im Feld ein Mädchen singt) (Sibelius) 2-82698 7720L

Pathé, St Petersburg? 1910
Gluntarne (Wennerberg): Gluntens moster with Bäckman 27039 
Gluntarne (Wennerberg): Hulda skymning with Bäckman 27042




















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