Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

May 25, 2016

Louise Homer (Contralto) (Pittburgh 28. 4. 1871 † Winter Park, Florida 6. 5. 1947)



After a period of vocal study in Europe her initial performances were met with lukewarm reviews. Her voice was described as loud and hard with little temperament. However, with the test of time she went on to make a number of successful recordings. The Metropolitan Opera, appreciating (or taking advantage of) her vocal diversity, contracted her for twenty-two seasons. In that period she sang over forty-two roles in 700-plus appearances.

Chronology of some appearances

Siébel 12/20/191900, Urbain 1/8/191901, Schwertleite 1/10/191901, Amneris (Filadelfia) 1/15/191901, Marta 1/17/191901, Pantalis 1/17/191901, Schwertleite 1/29/191901, Maddalena (Filadelfia) 2/28/191901, Lola 2/28/191901, Amneris 1/23/191902, Schwertleite 2/13/191902, (Filadelfia) Hedwig 2/18/191902, Venus 12/23/191902, Schwertleite 1/29/191903, Waltraute (Filadelfia) 2/5/191903, Floßhilde 2/5/191903, Amneris 2/26/191903, Brangäne 3/3/191903, (Filadelfia) Zweite Dame der Königin 3/12/191903, Maddalena 12/29/191903, Lola (Filadelfia) 1/12/1904, Fricka 3/8/1904, Schwertleite 3/8/1904, Floßhilde 3/12/1904, Ortrud (Filadelfia) 1/3/1905, Brangäne 1/17/1905, Magdalene 1/31/1905, Laura Adorno (Filadelfia) 2/28/1905, Fricka 12/19/1905, Schwertleite 12/19/1905, Die Knusperhexe (Filadelfia) 1/4/1906, Nancy 1/15/1907, Amneris 2/7/1907, Suzuki 2/14/1907, Brangäne (Filadelfia) 2/19/1907, Die Knusperhexe 3/5/1907, Brangäne 1/28/1908, Azucena (Filadelfia) 3/3/1908, Amneris 12/1/1908, Brangäne 1/7/1909, Magdalene 2/2/1909, (Filadelfia) Erda 3/4/1909, Fricka 3/11/1909, Waltraute 3/11/1909, Erda 3/18/1909, Waltraute (Filadelfia) 3/25/1909, Floßhilde 3/25/1909, Amneris 11/9/1909, Brangäne (Filadelfia) 1/4/1910, Fricka 2/8/1910, Waltraute 2/8/1910, Amneris 3/10/1910, Orfeo (Filadelfia) 12/27/1910, Die Hexe 2/14/1911, Ortrud 3/28/1911, Laura Adorno 4/4/1911, (Filadelfia) Amneris 4/19/1912, Laura Adorno 1/7/1913, Dritte Dame der Königin (Filadelfia) 1/14/1913, Orfeo 1/21/1913, Brangäne 3/7/1916, Dalila 11/28/1916, Azucena (Filadelfia) 12/12/1916, Erda 12/26/1916, Amneris 1/7/1919 (Filadelfia).

RECORDINGS FOR SALE 









Victor, 1903-11-02
Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck): Away with mourning and crying  85015 C622

Victor, 1905-02-11 
Don Carlo (Verdi): O don fatale  85043 C2238

Victor, 1905-06-06 
Les filles de Cadiz (Delibes) 74019 C2601 
Carmen (Bizet): L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) 81078 B2604 

Victor, 1906-10-12
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Voce di donna  85104 C3874

Victor, 1906-10-24
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea): Acerba voluttà  85110  C3934

Victor, 1907-02-27
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Tutti fior with Farrar 89008 C4260 

Victor, Camden NJ 1908-05-25
Lohengrin (Wagner): Du Ärmste with Eames 89021 6226

Victor, Camden NJ 1909-05-01
Aida (Verdi): Fu la sorte with Gadski 88163 C7033
Aida (Verdi): Alla pompa with Gadski 88164 C7034

Victor, Camden NJ 1909-10-11
Die Lorelei (Liszt) 88204 C8293

Victor, Camden NJ 1910-02-07
Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck): Su e con me vieni cara with Gadski 89041
C8609

Victor, Camden NJ 1912-04-12
Stabat Mater (Rossini): Quis est homo with Gluck 88380  C11867

Victor, Camden NJ 1912-12-13
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Nobil Signori, salute  85107 C3875

Victor, New York 1913-04-15
Alla capanna andiamo (Campana) with Farrar 89072 C13127  
Der Engel (Rubinstein) 89071 C13130

Victor, Camden NJ 1913-01-25
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck): Suse, liebe Suse with Gluck 88418 C12844
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck): Der kleine Sandmann bin ich with Gluck 88419 C12845

Victor, Camden NJ 1914-05-21
Rock of ages (Hastings) with Gluck 87198  B14850

Victor, Camden NJ 1916-06-29
Robin Hood (de Koven): Oh, promise me 87255 B18036

Victor, Camden NJ 1916-06-30
Messiah (Händel): He was despised 88574 C18041
















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