Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 15, 2012

Giovanni Voyer (Tenor) (Benicarlo, Valencia 1901 - Lisbon, Portugal 1976)


His real name was Juan Voyer. He studied in Milan and made his debut at the Teatro Sociale in Ostiglia as Pinkerton in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’. It happened in 1927. Between 1933 and 1948 he sang at La Scala in Milan as Tristán, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and Florestán. In 1933 he performed at Covent Garden in London in ‘’La dannazione di Faust’’ of Berlioz under T. Beecham. In 1938 he appeared at the Opera Theatre of Rome in the premiere of ‘’La mujer sin sombra’’ of R. Strauss. In 1939 at the Teatro Comunale in Florence he sang in the premiere of the opera ‘’Re Lear’’ of  V. Frazzi. After his retirement, in 1953, he taught singing at the Conservatory of Lisbon.

Chronology of some appearances

1929  Trieste  Teatro Verdi Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1929 Piacenza  Politeama Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1930 Parma  Politeama Reinach Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1930 Cesena  Teatro Comunale Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1931 Lendinara  Teatro Ballarin Carmen (Don Jose)
1931 Il Cairo  Teatro Kedivhiale Dannazione di Faust (Faust)
1932 Padova Teatro Verdi Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1932 Asti  Teatro Alfieri Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1933  Torino Eiar Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1933 Torino Teatro Regio Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1933 Parma Teatro Regio Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1933 Venezia  Teatro La Fenice Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1934  Trieste  Teatro Verdi Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1935 Torino  Eiar Dannazione di Faust (Faust)
1935   Verona  Teatro Filarmonico Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1935 Casalmaggiore  Teatro Sociale Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1935  Cesena  Teatro Comunale Carmen (Don Jose)
1936  Pola  Arena Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1936  Torino  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1936 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Carmen (Don Jose)
1936   Parma  Teatro Regio Carmen (Don Jose)
1936 Amsterdam  Teatro Carr¨ Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1936 Genova  Teatro Carlo Felice Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1936 Roma Teatro dell'Opera Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1937 Asti  Teatro Alfieri Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1937  Napoli  Teatro San Carlo Dannazione di Faust (Faust)
1938 Trapani  Arena Littorio Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1938 Milano  Teatro La Scala Carmen (Don Jose)
1938 La Valletta/Malta  Teatro Reale Carmen (Don Jose)
1938 Adria Teatro Comunale Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1939 Milano  Teatro alla Scala Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1939  Bologna  Piazza del Barracano Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1940 Forli  Teatro Comunale Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1940 Padova Teatro Verdi Carmen (Don Jose)
1941  Parma  Teatro Regio Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1942 Milano Teatro Lirico Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)
1944  Piacenza Teatro Municipale Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio)



Columbia, Milano 1929-03?
Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri monti with Berenice Sibari  WB2361

Columbia, Milano 1930-07
Nabucco (Verdi): Coro di Leviti  Q7188 B6807

Columbia, Milano 1930-07
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior  D6033 B2511

Columbia, Milano 1930-07
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Addio fiorito asil with Gino Vanelli D6033 B2514

Columbia, Milano 1930-07-05
Zaza (Leoncavallo): Mai piu Zaza CQ 267 WB 3626

Columbia, Milano 1930-07-04
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Improvviso CQ266 B3619

Columbia, Milano 1930-07-05
Andrea Chenier (Giordano): Come un bel di di maggio  CQ267 B3628


  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you Sir Ashot for sharing this Wonderful information. Thank you also for your Wonderful Web site and your Rare Collections From FORGOTTEN OPERA SINGERS. Thank you and Have a Beautiful weekend ! More Blessings to come and *GOD BLESS*

  2. Voyer sang Siegmund to Callas' Brünnhilde in the famous January 1949 La Fenice performances (famous because Callas learned Elvira in "I puritani" during the run of "Die Walküre" and sang Bellini's opera immediately afterwards). At the end of the month they both repeated their respective roles in Palermo.