Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 11, 2011

Stefano Ballarini (Istvan Balla) (Baritone) (Budapest, Hungary 1902- USA 1979)

He made his debut in 1925 in Breslau. At La Scala he debuted (as Ballarini) in 1928 as Donner in ‘’Das Rheingold’’ of Wagner. He also appeared at the Berlin and Dresden State Operas, at the Buenos Aires Teatro Colón and the Vienna Opera. Apparently he was first heard in the U.S. again as Donner in a Lewisohn Stadium Wagner Festival, 1937, directed by Reiner. In 1939 he made his debut with the San Francisco Opera. His U.S. home base seems to have been New York, where he appeared on a number of occasions as a leading baritone with Salmaggi. He also appeared with the New York City Opera (as Stephan Ballarini), his debut and farewell as Escamillo on Oct. 25th, 1952.

Chronology of some appearances

1928 La Scala Milan
1929/30 Berlin Staatsoper
1929/30 Dresden Staatsoper
1932 Wien Volksoper
1933 Buenos Aires Teatro Colon
1934 Buenos Aires Teatro Colon
1935 Wiener Staatsoper
1936 Chicago Opera



Ultraphon, Berlin 1929-09?
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prologo F 121 /F 121 010073/ 010074
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Eri tu  F 141 30113
Rigoletto (Verdi): Cortigiani, vil razza dannata F 141 30114
Rigoletto (Verdi): Quel vecchio maledivami B 191 10270

Ultraphon, Berlin 1930-02/03
Lolita (Buzzi-Peccia) B 398 10716
Visione Veneziana (Brogi)  B 398 10717-1

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