Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Jun 18, 2017

Manuel Romero Malpica (Baritone) (Puebla City, Mexico 10. 05.1874 - Mexico City, Mexico 1939)






First he studied with his father José Romero Malpica, who was the director of military bands and with his mother, actress and an opera singer. He continued his vocal training under Lion and Carnelli and on January 29, 1902 made his debut in G. Verdi’s ‘’Il Trovatore’’ at the Teatro María Guerrero of his hometown. He appeared in Mexico until 1905 and the next year went to USA. He became a member of several opera companies, included Boston Opera Company and San Carlo Opera Company. Later he appeared in Italy, France and Spain, made successful guest appearances in Central and South America. He returned to Mexico, where continued his career. In 1938 he sang the part of Rigoletto at the Palacio de Bellas Artes  in Mexico City. Shortly before his death he made his final appearance Teatro María Guerrero, where he and started his career. He was called ‘’Mexican Titta Ruffo’’. He could sing also parts of tenor, which he once done by replacing tenor Agnadi in USA. He made records for Columbia, Victor and Edison.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Puebla Teatro María Guerrero Trovatore (Count di Luna)
1914 Mississippi Greenwood Theatre Faust (Valentine)
1914 Ashland Vining Theatre Faust (Valentine)
1938 Puebla Teatro María Guerrero Rigoletto (Rigoletto)

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Victor, 1907-07-22

No lo diré (A. Pacheco) 62277-B
Mi morenita mía (Cancion) 62348-A

Columbia, Mexico City 1908-9
Perjura (Lerdo de Tejada) C 300 5851 

Edison 4-min cylinders, Spain? 1910?
La Bruja (Chapí): Jota (w. Jiménez) 22019
El Puñao de Rosas (Chapí): Dúo (w. Herrera) 22033


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Jun 16, 2017

Ferdinando Avedano (Tenor/Baritone) (Cuneo, Italia 1863 - San Francisco, USA after 1915)






He studied singing at the Liceo Musicale in Torino and made his debut in 1890 at Teatro Comunale of Vicenza as Pollione in ‘’Norma’’. In 1899 he went to USA and became a famous dramatic tenor, often appearing with Gaudenzio Salassa, a fine baritone. Probably in 1906 he changed to baritone, but mostly appeared in concerts. After his retirement,  he taught singing in San Francisco and often organized concerts of his pupils. He made a few records for Edison.


Chronology of some appearances

1890 Vicenza Teatro Comunale Norma (Pollione)
1891 Genova Politeama Genovese Due Foscari (Jacopo)
1893 Palermo Politeama Norma (Pollione)
1895 Milano Teatro Alhambra Trovatore (Manrico)
1898 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Aida (Radames)
1904 San Francisco Alhambra Theater Concert
1909 San Francisco Turner Hall Concert (Sang Si puo? from ‘’Pagliacci’’)
1912 San Francisco Concert of his pupils

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Edison 4-min cylinder
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell'amore with Oddo, Martinez & Colombati 7502 BA 22423




















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Jun 15, 2017

Antonio Carrión (Tenor) (Valencia 1902 - Buenos Aires 1978)




He became an Argentinean citizen on March 3rd 1927. He studied in Rosariowith Mº Sismondo. Due to his excellent pitch, he was sent to study in Italy with Cavaliere Benedetto Luciniani. Two years later, he was heard by Commendatore Ferone in an audition at Teatro Alla Scala di Milano. Thereafter he started his career in different Italian theaters such as Nazionale di Milano, Adriano di Roma, Sociale di Campobasso, Vittorio Emmanuele di Torino Petrucelli di Bari etc., and southern Italy’s cities such as Reggio Calabria, Catanzaro, etc., were he sang his most representative operatic roles such as: Edgardo, Rodolfo, Fausto ( from Boito’s Mefistofele), Alfredo and Duca di Mantua. Because of his father’s death, he returned to Rosarioand made his debut at Teatro de la Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor followed by Rigoletto. In Buenos Aires, he made his debut at Teatro Politeama in Lucia di Lammermoor, and in Montevidero at Teatro Sodre with the same opera with Lily Pons and Victor Damiani and Mº Calussio at the podium. Then he was hired by Mº Paolantonio to tour in Brazil, performing at the teatro San Gaetano of Rio di Janeiro in Tosca, Boheme Traviata, Lucia, Rigoletto, and Cavalleria Rusticana. The tour ended with Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Paolantonio who was killed the day after during a rehearsal. After many recitals, he returned to Buenos Airesand few days later he was called urgently from Porto Alegre, where he had to replace Beniamino Gigli in Lucia, besides Bidu Sayao. In Argentina he sang in many provincial theaters , his repertory was Carmen, Aida, Rigoletto, Pagliacci and Lucia In the seasons of 1942 up to 1945, he sang many times at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile: Trovatore, Lucia, Caupolicán ( by Remigio Acevedo), in the world premiere), Aida Trovatore, Cavalleria, Sayeda (by Pisquert), Ballo in maschera, Tosca and Rigoletto. He sang also at Valparaiso in Trovatore, Rigoletto, Butterfly, etc. In 1945 he made a Latin American tour with his wife the s. Angelici, this tour started in Lima (Perú) with Lucia and during 10 months they were singing in many important theaters operas such: Traviata, Tosca, Rigoletto, Marina and Lucia in cities such, Cali, Bogotá, Medellin, Caracas, Quito, Maracaibo, etc. After that in Buenos Aires, he sang in La Rural de Palermo with the Teatro Colon Company in Aida , and several operas at the Argentino de La Plata. During all his career, he was very close to the Teatro Marconi. This was the theater were all the Argentinean opera singers of those days prepared their main roles and it was their way into the Colon. Carrion was also manager and producer of this theater during the 50’s. In the early 60’s, he often sang at the "Lunes líricos", (lyrical Monday), were the young conductor Miguel Angel Veltri started in the opera world. His last performance was Il Trovatore, during those cycles. After he retired, he taught singing. 

Chronology of some appearances

1942-1945 Santiago de Chile Teatro Municipal Trovatore, Lucia, Caupolicán, Aida Trovatore, Cavalleria, Sayeda, Ballo in maschera, Tosca and Rigoletto

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Private record
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer):  Bianca al par 


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M. J. Amani (Baritone)



Baryton du Théâtre royal d'Anvers

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Columbia
Le Pardon de Ploermel (Meyerbeer): Romance de Hoël D14210 LX159
Mireille (Gounod): Air d'Ourrias  D14210 LX160

















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May 21, 2017

Nelly Martyl (Soprano) (1884 - 1953)




Born Nelly Adèle Anny Martin. She studied singing at the Conservatoire National de Paris under Martini and Isnardon. In 1906 she won a price and made her debut in 1907 at the Grand Opéra in Paris as Naiade in ‘’Armide’’ of Gluck. Then she sang there the part of Rafaële in ‘’Patrie’’ by Paladilhe and also appeared in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Catalane’’ of Le Borne (24. 5. 1907). In 1909 she joined to the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Here she sang many parts and performed also in several premieres.  In 1912 she participated there in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Sorcière’’ by Camille Erlanger (as Juana). Her repertoire included Rosenn in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’ of E. Lalo, Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’, Sophie in ‘’Werther’’ of J. Massenet, Fatima in ‘’Le Caïd’’ of A. Thomas, Laurette in ‘’Richard Coeur-de-Lion’’ of Grétry, Cupid in ‘’Orpheus’’ of Gluck and Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’. Beyond the French metropolis she appeared also in French provincial theaters and made guest appearances at the Opéra Monte-Carlo (among other things in 1922 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Amadis’’ of J. Massenet) and undertook a tour through Romania. Married the known painter Georges Scott Plagnolles (1873-1942).

Chronology of some appearances

1907 Paris  Grand Opéra
1909 Paris  Opéra-Comique

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Gramophone, Paris  13-7-11
Mireille (Gounod): O Magali, ma bien-aimée with E. Tirmont 034106 01992v


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Niny Roussel (Soprano)


                                                                   with Yvonne Brothier


In 1920's she appeared with success at the Paris Opera-Comique.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Paris Opera-Comique Lakmé (Lakmé) with Miguel Villabella, Julien Lafont and Andre Goavec
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Le barbier de Séville  (Rosina) with Maurice Capitaine, M. Guenot, M. Bourbey and M. Vigneau
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Mireille (Mireille) with M. Farini, M. Vigneau and M. Guenot
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Carmen (Micaela) with M. Marcelin, M. Vigneau and Lyse Charny
1931 Paris Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique Ciboulette (Ciboulette) opérette by Robert dc Flers and Francis de Croisset

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Pathé, Paris 1929?
Lakmé (Delibes): Air des clochettes 7176 N201650
Mireille (Gounod): Valse 7176 N201650


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Mar 27, 2017

Enzo Baccante (Baritone) (Sulmona 1887 - New York 1938)


Artist and opera singer-Baccante's opera career probably started with his debut in 1909 at Faraggiana of Novara as Zurga in Pescatori di Perle. Performances by Baccante in Italy were traced from 1909 to 1914 in smaller Italian houses. He served in the Italian Army during the First World War and in 1922 emigrated to the U.S., at that point concentrating on a career as an painter and sculptor. He subsequently occasionally appeared in concerts and on the radio in the U.S. but was mostly active and recognized as a painter. He died of heart disease.

Chronology of some appearances

1909  Novara Teatro Faraggiana Pescatori di Perle (Zurga)
1910  Vercelli Politeama Facchinetti Faust (Valentino)
1912  Cerignola Teatro Mercadante Pescatori di Perle (Zurga)
1914 Novara Teatro Coccia Orma di C. Viscardini

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He made four published records

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Fonotipia, Milano 1913-01-01
Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari) Bacio di lama Fonotipia 110373 xM 1805


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Feb 11, 2017

Roman Hübner (Tenor) (Mělník, north of Prague, Czech Republic Nov. 21st, 1891 - Prague, Czech Republic June 30th, 1964)




First he studied singing privately in Prague under Václav Viktorin, then continued his education with professor Ulanovského. He went to Italy and perfected his vocal technique under Piccoli in Milan. From 1921 to 1938 he was a soloist, then also a director of Slovak National Theater in Bratislava. He excelled particularly in operas by Verdi and Puccini. During the occupation, he worked in the Prague radio. In the 1945-1947 seasons he appeared as soloist and Director of the Opera Theater in Liberec. Then he worked as vocal teacher in Prague.

Chronology of some appearances

1921-1938 Bratislava Slovak National Theater
1945-1947 Opera Theater in Liberec

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Composer: Smetana, Work: Dalibor: Arie - O Zdenku


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Adam Dobosz (Tenor) (Żyraków, Poland 3 VIII 1885 - Warsaw, Poland 20 XI 1952)






He was trained by Horbowski in Warsaw. In 1908 he excited the first sensation when he sang in Warsaw Tenor-solo in Stabat Mater by G. Rossini. The same year he debuted at the opera house of Cracow as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. In the 1909-1914 seasons he was a member of the Lwów (Lvov) Opera. In 1914 he joined to the National Opera in Warsaw, where he had a huge success and appeared here till 1939. On 19. 6. 1926 he sang there in the premiere of the opera ‘’Krol Roger’’ by Karol Szymanowski as shepherd. In 1941-44 he was engaged by the Miasta-Theater in Warsaw. His repertoire included Belmonte in ‘’Entführung aus dem Serail’’, Almaviva in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, José in ‘’Carmen’’, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Eleazar in ’’La Juive’’, Pinkerton in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’, Lenski in ’’Eugene Onegin’’ and De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’. He was active as professor of vocal in Warsaw. Married the operetta singer Walerie Markowska.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Cracow Opera 
1909-1914 Lwów Opera
1914-1939 Warsaw National Opera
1941-1944 Warsaw Miasta-Theater

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Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovksy) Więc gdzie, więc gdzie


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Jan 24, 2017

Salvatore Salvati (Tenor) (Naples, Italy 1885 - Olten, Switzerland 1959)




He made his debut in 1908 at Caserta (near Naples) as Almaviva in ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’. Then he had a significant career in Italian stages and appeared also in South America, among other things at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 1925 he guested at La Scala, Milan as Florindo in ‘’Le Donne curiose’’ of E. Wolf- Ferrari. He lived later in Switzerland where he appeared at the Municipal Theatre of Basel, but also in Zurich and in Bern as a guest. He was the founder of the Salvati-Vocal quartet (with Leni Neuenschwander, Paula Koelliker and Karl Theo Wagner) which gave concerts in numerous European towns. Approximately in 1930 he finished his stage career, but in 1941 again appeared on the stage (Municipal Theatre of Bern). Later He became a singing teacher first at the Salzburg Mozarteum, then at the Basel Conservatory.

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Napoli Chiesa Cimitero Requiem di G. Morgini
1909 Prato Teatro Metastasio Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1911 Vicenza Teatro Eretenio Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1913 Genova  Politeama Genovese  Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1917 Malta Teatro Reale Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1920 Lecco Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1924 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1929 Milano Teatro Lirico  Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1943 Bologna Teatro Comunale La Passione Secondo Matteo di J. S. Bach

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Gramophone, Milano 1911-07-29
Otello (Verdi): Questa e una ragna with Vittorio De Goetzen and Antonio Paoli 54451 1291ah
Otello (Verdi): Vieni, l'aula è deserta with Vittorio De Goetzen and Antonio Paoli 054330 356ai

Gramophone, Milano 1913-02-19
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Cercherò lontana terra 2-52840 2660ah
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Sogno soave e casto 2-52841 2661ah
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Numero quindici with Paolo Ferretti 54475 2662ah

Victor, USA 1913-03-08
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Verranno a te with Malvina Pereira 68454

Fonotipia, Milano 1926-10-28
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): All'idea di quel metallo with Fabio Ronchi  120010 XXPh 5807
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Numero quindici with Fabio Ronchi 120011 XXPh 5808

Tri-Ergon, Berlin 1929-1930
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah!, si ben mio TE 10018 2725
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba Te 10019 2732
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): No pagliaccio non son TE 10019 2733
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella TE 20001 2728
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile TE 20001 2731
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle TE 20002 2730
Tosca (Puccini):  Recondita armonia  TE 20002 2729
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso TE 10030 3239
Aida (Verdi): Se quel guerrier io fossi...Celeste Aida TE 10030 3240
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima TE10031 3228
Favorita (Donizetti): Spirto gentil TE10031 3244

Artiphon, Berlin 1929-1930
Mignon (Thomas): Addio Mignon  08236 8236
Traviata (Verdi):  Brindisi  08239 8239

Schallplatten-Volksverband
O sole mio (Di Capua) Nr. T 9165
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): O Colombina  M9135
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba  M9136
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle M9129
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia M9130
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si, ben mio MD9172
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso MD9171
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 9124
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 9124

Deutsche Buch Gemeinschaft
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 3014  3239
Aida (Verdi): Se quel guerrier io fossi...Celeste Aida 3014 3240

Brilliant
Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina 2724 22
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si ben mio 2725 22

Special
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 7375 30
Marechiare (Tosti) 7427 30
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 3240 12

Novaphon
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile  4021 2731
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella  4021 2728

Phonycord Flexible
Favorita (Donizetti): Una vergine un angiol di dio  151 8235
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni):  Brindisi 151 8241


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Jan 9, 2017

Guido Agnoletti (Tenor)




In 1920 he appeared at the Politeama Reinach in Parma in operettas ‘’Eva’’ (Franz Lehar), ‘’La vedova allegra’’ (Franz Lehar), ‘’La rosa di Stambul’’ (Leo Fall), ‘’Amore in maschera’’ (Ivan Darclée), ‘’Finalmente soli!’’ (Franz Lehar) and  ‘’La favola dei lillà’’  (Bruno Grani). In 1931 he again performed at the same theatre, this time in operettas ‘’L'isola verde’’ (Giuseppe Pietri), ‘’Miss Italia’’ (Alfredo Cuscinà), ‘’Lo zarevich’’ (Franz Lehar) and ‘’Crema di chic’’(Carlo Lombardo).

Chronology of some appearances


1919    Roma  Teatro Nazionale Traviata (Alfredo)
1920    Novara Teatro Coccia Traviata (Alfredo)
1932    Roma  Eiar La Rondine (Prunier)
1933    Roma  Teatro Argentina La Corsaresca di P.La Rotella (Dauro)
1935    Roma  Eiar Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo)

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Columbia 1930
Invano  CQ 150 WB 3336 

Edison Bell, London?
Si (Mascagni): I tasti saltellanti in fila with Amelia Armolli X549 X1829
Si (Mascagni): M'amassi tu with Amelia Armolli X549 X1830























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Jan 8, 2017

Anna De Revers (Soprano) (Vilnius, Lithuania 1880 - ?)




She was born into polish family. She studied singing in Warsaw and continued her education in Italy under Crisp. Her Italian debut was happened in 1900 at the Teatro Sociale of Colorno in ‘’Maria di Rohan’’. In 1928 she went to USA.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 07 Colorno Teatro Sociale Maria dI Rohan (Maria)
1902 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Aida (Aida)
1903 01 Lisbona Teatro San Carlos Boheme (Mimi)
1905 01/02 Cagliari Teatro Civico Ernani (Elvira)
1906 01 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1908 01 Syra Teatro Apollo Aida (Aida)
1910 Caracas Teatro Municipal Trovatore (Leonora)
1912 Mantova Teatro Sociale Ernani (Elvira)
1916 Melbourne Teatro Princess Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1917 Auckland His Majesty's Tosca (Tosca)
1919 Costantinopoli Teatro Noveau  Trovatore (Leonora)

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Faust (Gounod): Morte di Valentino with Ernesto Badini Laura Mellerio 
Ernani (Verdi): Ernani involami 1-36068
Traviata (Verdi) Prendi questa è l'immagine with Mario Matroiani, Attilio Giuliani & Ernesto Badini Favorite 2-39025


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