Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 27, 2011

Charles Hackett (Tenor) (Worcester, Massachusetts 1889 – New York 1942)

He studied first at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Arthur J. Hubbard, and later with Vincenzo Lombardi in Florence. He made his stage debut in Genova, as Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, in 1914. He sang in Italy and South America, before making his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on January 31, 1919, as Almaviva. He appeared there for three seasons, also as Lindoro, Roméo, Il duca di Mantova, Alfredo, Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Wilhelm Meister, Cavaradossi, Don Ottavio, Vincent and Des Grieux. He also sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago from 1923 until 1934. He returned to the Metropolitan on February 3, 1934 as Roméo, and performed there for another five years. Hackett made a number of recordings for Edison and Columbia, notably duets with Maria Barrientos and Rosa Ponselle, in which one can appreciate a singer with a fine technique and a certain elegance.

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Pavia  Teatro Fraschini Mefistofele (Faust)
1916 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1916 Madrid  Teatro de La Zarzuela Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1916 Reggio Emilia  Teatro Municipale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1916 Piacenza  Politeama Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1916 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Mefistofele (Faust)
1916 Genova  Politeama Genovese Mignon (Guglielmo)
1917 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1917 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1917 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1917 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Rigoletto (Duca)
1918 Torino  Politeama Chiarella Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1918 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1918 Roma  Teatro Costanzi Boheme (Rodolfo)
1918 Buenos Ayres  Teatro Colon Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1919 Rio de Janeiro  Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1919 San Paolo  Teatro Municipal Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1919 Philadelphia  Teatro Metropolitan Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1921 Chicago  Ravinia Park Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1921 San Francisco  Auditorium Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1921 Seattle  Teatro Metropolitan Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1922 Milano  Teatro La Scala Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1924 Chicago  Civic Opera House Boheme (Rodolfo)
1925 Chicago  Civic Opera House Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1925 Parigi  Teatro de La Gaitè  Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1925 Los Angeles  Philarmonic Auditorium Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1929 Chicago  Civic Opera House Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1937 Chicago  Civic Opera House Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)


Edison, New York 1912-09-13
Bohemian Girl (Balfe): Then you'll remember me 80070 1258-S1/A

Columbia, New York 1919-03-24
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Ecco ridente 49604

Columbia, New York 1919-04-10
Rigoletto (Verdi):  E il sol dell 'anima with Maria Barrientos 49616
Traviata (Verdi): Un di, felice with Maria Barrientos 49622

Columbia, New York 1919-07-01
Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina 49645

Columbia, New York 1919-09-30
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora with Riccardo Stracciari 49666

Columbia, New York 1920-01-14
Aida (Verdi): O  terra addio with Rosa Ponselle  49734

Columbia, New York 1920-03-11
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Verranno a te with Barrientos 49766

Columbia, New York 1920-03-18
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Chi mi frena with Maria Barrientos, Noe, George Meader, Riccardo Stracciari and Jose Mardones 74000-D 49768

Columbia, New York 1920-03-27
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell’amore with Maria Barrientos, Riccardo Stracciari and Jeanne Gordon 49782

Columbia, New York 1921-02-25
Boheme (Puccini): Ah, Mimi, tu piu with Stracciari 49936
Could I? (Vorrei?) (Tosti) 49936

Columbia, New York 1921-12-12
Parted (Tosti) 98003

Columbia, New York 1922-09-27
The snowy breasted pearl (Robinson) 98038

Columbia, New York 1922-10-09
Romeo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah, leve-toi, soleil 98045

Columbia, New York 1922-10-20
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Il mio tesoro 98047

Columbia, New York 1923-09-27
Manon (Massenet): Ah! fuyez, douce image 9020-M 98095

Columbia, New York 1925-10-22
Lakmé (Delibes): Dans la forêt 4036-M W140922

Columbia, New York 1925-10-24
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Se il mio nome   4034-M 03544

Columbia, New York 1925-10-27
Tosca (Puccini):  Recondita armonia  4034-M

Columbia, New York 1926-02-05
Fedora (Giordano): Amor ti vieta  4036-M W140921

Columbia, London 1926-06-25
Faust (Gounod): Salut, demeure (Eng) L1382 WAX1691

Columbia, London 1926-06-30
Who is Sylvia? (Schubert) WAX1710

Columbia, New York 1926-10-13
Juive (Halevy): Rachel!  9029-M W98264 
Cid (Massenet): O souverain 9029-M W98265

Columbia, New York 1927-10-13
Duna (McGill) 4040-M W144857

Columbia, New York 1926-10-22
I heard you singing (Coates) 4037-M W142859

Columbia, New York 1927-02-15
Mignon (Thomas): Ah, non credevi tu W98315

Columbia, New York 1927-03-28
Mignon (Thomas): Ah, non credevi tu! 9032-M W98315

Columbia, New York 1927-04-28
In a Persian Garden (Lehmann): Ah, moon of my delight W98335

Columbia, New York 1927-04-29
Manon (Massenet): Le reve W98337

Columbia, New York 1927-05-02
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Siciliana 4039-M 03541

Columbia, New York 1927-05-10
Beloved, it is morn (Aylward) 9030-M W98336

Columbia, New York 1927-10-07
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 4039-M W143725
Manon (Massenet): Le reve 9034-M 04057

 Columbia, New York 1927-10-17
Martha (Flotow): M'appari 4043-M W144873

Columbia, New York 1928-05-24
I look into your garden (Wood) 1911-D W146337

Victor, 1937
Roberta (Kern): The touch of your hand  CA.011426


1 comment:

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