Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 28, 2011

Fausta Labia (Soprano) (Verona 1870 – Rome 1935)

She was the older sister of famous soprano Maria Labia (1880-1953). She debuted in 1892 at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona in ‘’Robert le Diable’’ of Meyerbeer. From 1893 to 1895 she performed in Stockholm, in the 1895-96 season at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon, then at the Teatro Regio in Turin. In 1901 she sang at La Scala as Sieglinde in Wagner’s ‘’Walkiria’’ under Arturo Toscanini and appeared also at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. She specialized in Wagner repertoire. In 1902 she sang in Rome as Brünnhilde in ‘’Siegfried’’, in the 1904-05 season at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona as Eva in ‘’Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’’. In 1912 she performed at the Teatro Politeama in Buenos Aires for the last time on the stage. She retired shortly  after her marriage to the tenor Emilio Perea (1884-1946). Their daughter, the soprano Gianna Perea-Labia (1908), also became a noted opera singer.

Chronology of some appearances

1891  Verona  Teatro Filarmonico Mefistofele (Margherita)
1895 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Mefistofele (Margherita)
1896  Varsavia Teatro Imperiale Ballo in maschera (Amelia)
1896 Mosca  Teatro Solodownikoff Lohengrin (Elsa)
1897 Verona  Teatro Nuovo Boheme (Mimi)
1898  Torino  Teatro Regio Mefistofele (Margherita)
1898  Recanati Teatro Persiani Mefistofele (Margherita)
1898 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Lohengrin (Elsa)
1899  Rimini Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Mefistofele (Margherita)
1899 Roma Teatro Costanzi Boheme (Mimi)
1899 Ascoli Piceno  Teatro Ventidio Basso Otello (Desdemona)
1901  Bologna Teatro Comunale Mefistofele (Margherita)
1901  Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Boheme (Mimi)
1902 Treviso  Teatro Sociale Germania (Ricke)
1903  Roma  Teatro Costanzi Mefistofele (Margherita)
1903  Roma  Teatro Costanzi Germania (Ricke)
1903  Udine  Teatro Sociale Germania (Ricke)
1904 Venezia  Teatro Rossini Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1905  Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Mefistofele (Margherita)
1905 Bergamo  Teatro Donizetti Amica (Amica)
1905 Brescia  Teatro Grande Amica (Amica)
1905 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Boheme (Mimi)
1905 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1906 Città del Messico  Teatro Principal Andrea Chenier (Maddalena)
1906  Città del Messico  Teatro Principal Boheme (Mimi)
1908 Cesena  Teatro Comunale Mefistofele (Margherita)
1908 Philadelphia  Philadelphia Opera House Boheme (Mimi)
1908  Philadelphia  Opera Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1908 New York  Manhattan Opera House Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu)
1909 Madrid Teatro Reale Mefistofele (Margherita)



Fonotipia, Milano 1905-04
Cicisbei Ridicoli (Ciampi, attr Pergolesi): Tre giorni son che Nina 39494 Xph221

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-1
La traviata (Verdi): Un dì, felice, eterea with Elvino Ventura 39332 xPh 343

Fonotipia, Milano 1905-09-22
Iris (Mascagni): S'era ammalata la mia amica bambola 39491Xph 339

Fonotipia, Milano 1911-06-21
Lohengrin (Wagner): Se in campo avrò with Emilio Perea 92863 XPh4741

Fonotipia, Milano 1911-11-18
Mefistofele (Boito): Lontan, lontan with Emilio Perea 92864 Xph 4776


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