Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Jan 7, 2016

Jacques Urlus (Tenor) (January 6, 1867 Hergenrath, Belgium - July 6, 1935 Noordwijk, Netherlands)


Son of Dutch parents he spent his youth in Tilburg and Utrecht and first worked in a factory of Utrecht as a metalworker. After the discovery of his voice he studied under Hugo Nolthenius, Antoon Averkamp and Cornélie van Zanten in Amsterdam. In 1887 he appeared for the first time in a concert in Utrecht. In 1894 he made his stage debut at the Dutch Opera in Amsterdam as Beppe in ‘’Pagliacci’’. He had his first great success in Amsterdam in the title role of the opera ‘’Joseph’’ by E. Méhul. In 1898 he went to study the Wagner style under Julius Kniese in Bayreuth. In 1900 he was engaged as the first tenor by the opera house in Leipzig and appeared there till 1914. In Leipzig he was highly appreciated and quickly became known. Here he sang also in the premieres of the operas: ‘’Orestes’’' of F. Weingartner (1902), "Strandrecht" ("The Wreckers") of Mrs. Ethel Smith (11. 11. 1906) and in the German première of C. V. Stanford’s "Viel Lärm um nichts". In the 1910-1914 seasons he sang annually at the London Covent Garden as heldentenor. Here he made his debut in 1910 as Tristan under sir Thomas Beecham. Since 1910 he made guest appearances at the Dresden Hofoper. In the 1901-1910 seasons he sang at the Berlin Hofoper. In the 1908-1910 seasons he was a soloist of the Munich Hofoper. In the 1908-1909 season he appeared at the Vienna Hofoper. In the 1911-1912 season he sang the part of Siegmund at the Bayreuth Festival. In 1912 he performed at the Boston Opera. In 1912 he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Till 1917 he remained the first heldentenor of this opera house, where he had a huge success. Then he lived in his native country. Guest appearances followed in Germany, Austria, France and in the Scandinavian lands (Stockholm, 1918-1920). He sang also in Amsterdam Antwerp and Brussels. In Brussels he appeared in the 1925-1930 seasons as heldentenor. In the 1922-1923 season he travelled with the German Opera around the USA. In the 1922-1925 seasons he sang at the Berlin Volksoper, in the 1926-1927 season at the Berlin Staatsoper. In 1924 he again performed at the Covent Garden in London. In 1925 he participated in the festival in Zoppot. At the concert hall he was highly appreciated for his interpretation of Gustav Mahler’s "Lied von der Erde". As an interpreter of this composition he also made guest apppearance in 1928 in the Salzburg Festival. In 1930 he sang the part of Tristan at the Paris Grand Opéra. As Tristan he appeared in 1932 in Amsterdam and in 1933 in Hannover. His repertoire included also Tamino in "Zauberflöte", Raoul in ‘’Huguenots’’, Faust, Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’, José in ‘’Carmen’’ and Otello.

Autobiography ''Mijn loopbaan'' (Amsterdam, 1929)

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Amsterdam Dutch Opera
1900-1914 Leipzig Opernhaus
1901-1910 Berlin Hofoper
1908-1910 Munich Hofoper
1908-1909 Vienna Hofoper 
1910-1914 London Covent Garden
1910 Dresden Hofoper
1911-1912 Bayreuth Festival
1912 Boston Opera
1912-1917 New York Metropolitan Opera
1918-1920 Stockholm
1922-1923 USA
1922-1925 Berlin Volksoper 
1924 London Covent Garden 
1925-1930 Brussels 
1925 Zoppot
1926-1927 Berlin Staatsoper
1928 Salzburg Festival
1930 Paris Grand Opéra
1932 Amsterdam Opera
1933 Hannover Opernhaus


Pathé cylinders & discs, Amsterdam 1903?
Lohengrin (wagner): Ebtrée van Lohengrin (Ankunft) 30211
Lohengrin (Wagner): Duo uit de 2e acte with Engelen-Sewing 30232
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Duo uit de 2e acte with Engelen-Sewing 30235
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Duo uit de 2e acte (Gepriesen sei die Stunde) with Engelen-Sewing 30231

G&T, Berlin 1907
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Land so wunderbar 3-42898  3125r
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Morgenlich leuchtend 3-42823 3126r
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Ha! Wohin? with Soomer 2-44231 3127r
Carmen (Bizet): Eine Linie tiefer (w. Soomer) 2-44232 3128r
Lohengrin (Wagner): Nun sei bedankt 3-42824 3129r

Pathé, Berlin 1910?
Lohengrin (Wagner): Gedeelte uit de 3e acte (Atmest du nicht) 30212
Siegfried (Wagner): Brünnhildes Erwachen with Plaichinger 15726
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): O sink hernieder with Plaichinger 15727
Siegfried (Wagner):Ewig war ich 15739
Walküre (Wagner): Winterstürme 15754
Götterdämmerung (Wagner): Siegfrieds Tod 15755
Siegfried (Wagner): Schmiedelied 15756
Siegfried (Wagner): Heiss ward mir 15757
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Wohin nun Tristan scheidet 15758

Gramophone, Berlin 1910-08-17
Walküre (Wagner): Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater 042274 481s
Walküre (Wagner): Friedmund darf ich nicht heissen 042275 482s
Prophète (Meyerbeer): Triumphgesang  042263 483s
Prophète (Meyerbeer): Pastorale 042264 484s

Gramophone, Berlin 1910-08-18
Walküre (Wagner): Siegmund! Sieh' auf mich with Kurt 044166 485s
Walküre (Wagner): Hehr bist du with Kurt 044167 486s

Gramophone, Berlin 1911-01-07
Aida (Verdi): Es hat der Stein sich über uns geschlossen with Kurt 044180 2136c
Aida (Verdi): Sieh' dort den Todesengel schon with Kurt 044181 2137c
Aida (Verdi): Ich seh' dich wieder with Kurt 044173 2138c

Gramophone, Berlin 1911-09-01
Otello (Verdi): Jeder Knabe (Niun mi tema) 042312 2343c
Juive (Halévy): Recha, als Gott 042313 2339c
Rienzi (Wagner): Erstehe, hohe Roma 042319 2340c
Lohengrin (Wagner): In fernem Land 042320 2342c

Gramophone, Berlin 1911-09-02
Trovatore (Verdi): Dass nur für mich 4-42502 15761b
Fidelio (Beethoven): In des Lebens Frühlingstagen 4-42501 15762b
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Dies Bildnis 042339 2325c

Gramophone, Berlin 1912-03-12
Tiefland (d'Albert): Schau' her (Wolfserzählung) 042338 598m
Rienzi (Wagner): Allmächt'ger Vater (Gebet) 042371 603m
Götterdämmerung (Wagner): Mime hiess ein mürrischer Zwerg 042352 599m
Götterdämmerung (Wagner): In Leid zu dem Wipfel 042353 600m
Aida (Verdi): Holde Aida 042381 602m
Carmen (Bizet): Hier an dem Herzen (Blumen-Arie) 042347 601m

Gramophone, Berlin 1912-03-13
Euryanthe (Weber): Unter blüh'nden Mandelbäumen 042346 604m
Rienzi (Wagner): Allmächt'ger Vater (Gebet) 042371 603m
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Nein! Bin Bajazzo nicht bloss 042358  605m
Lohengrin (Wagner): Höchstes Vertrauen 80984 xxB7100
Fidelio (Beethoven): Euch werde Lohn with Kurt & Knüpfer 044203 606m
Faust (Gounod): Auf eilet! with Kurt & Knüpfer 044204 607½m

Edison, London 1913-07?
Sehnsucht (Rubinstein?) 83020 1420
Zauberlied (Meyer-Helmund) 83022 1424

Edison, New York 1915-02-18
Freischütz (Weber): Durch die Wälder 83028 3589-B

Edison, New York 1915-02-23
Rienzi (Wagner): Allmächt'ger Vater 82269 3596-B
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön 82260 3597-B

Edison, New York 1915-02-24
Lohengrin (Wagner): Mein lieber Schwan 83017 3602
Africaine (Meyerbeer): O Paradies 83033 3603-B

Edison, New York 1915-03-01
Walküre (Wagner): Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (Liebeslied) 82246 3615-B
Fidelio (Beethoven): Gott! welch Dunkel hier! 83030 3616

Edison, New York 1915-03-03
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Preislied 82276 3622-B

Edison, New York 1915-04?
Siegfried (Wagner): Schmiedelied 83040 3681-B

Edison, New York 1916-03-31
O schöne Zeit (Götze) 73008 4623

Edison, New York 1916-04-18
Die Allmacht (Schubert) 82252 4665-B

Edison, New York 1916-04-24
Lohengrin (Wagner): Das süsse Lied verhallt with Rappold 83054 4683-A

Edison, New York 1917-02-09
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton 57017 5356-B

Edison, New York 1917-02-21
Missa Solennis (Franck): Panis Angelicus 83083 5392-B

Edison, New York 1917-03-02
Walküre (Wagner): Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater 82246 5425-A

Edison, New York 1917-03-07
Stabat Mater (Rossini): Cujus animam 83082 5434-B

Edison, New York 1917-04-02
Rienzi (Wagner): Erstehe hohe Roma 82275 5485

Edison, New York 1917-04-30
Fliegende Holländer (Wagner): Willst jenes Tages 5528-A

Edison, New York 1917-05
Walküre (Wagner): Siegmund heiss' ich with Rappold 82277 5533

Grammophon, Berlin 1923
Carmen (Bizet): Bloempje, det gij mij hebt gegeven (La fleur) 1324as H22005
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Thans spelen (Vesti la giubba) H22002 1316as
Faust (Gounod): Gegroet, verblijf (Cavatina) H22009 1320as
Africaine (Meyerbeer): O Paradijs H22007 1326as
Aida (Verdi): O waar'ik veldheer thans (Celeste Aida) H22006 1323as
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Moeder de wijn was al te vurig H22003 1327as
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Rein als de sneeuw (Plus blanche) H22008 1325as
Tosca (Puccini): Welk zachte harmonie (Recondita armonia) H22000 1321as
Ave Maria (Gounod) J22012 1329as

Odeon, Berlin 1924-12-10
Heimliche Aufforderung (R Strauss) 80715  xxB7097
Götterdämmerung (Wagner): Brünnhilde! Heilige Braut! 80692 xxB7099
Lohengrin (Wagner): Höchstes Vertrauen 80984 xxB7100

Odeon, Berlin 1927-01-25
Cid (Massenet): Ah, tout est bien fini O-9111 PXO104 xxB7046
Lohengrin (Wagner): In fernem Land O-9111 PXO104 xxB7098

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