Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 1, 2012

Adamo Didur (Bass) (Sanok, Poland 1874 – Katowice, Poland 1946)

He studied in Lwów with Valery Wysocki. He was later working with Franz Emmerich in Milan. His concert debut came in Milan in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In 1894, he made his operatic debut in Rio de Janeiro, after which he appeared in Russia. He sang at La Scala, Milan, in 1903-1906, and at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1905. He also appeared with the Warsaw Opera from 1899 to 1903. Later, he travelled to Argentina, singing in Buenos Aires in the 1905-1908 operatic seasons. Didur's North American debut came at the Manhattan Opera House in 1907. Didur made his Metropolitan Opera debut on November 14, 1908, singing Ramfis in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida. He remained with the company for a quarter of a century and becoming one of its principal bass singers. It was at the Met in 1913 that he appeared in the title role in Boris Godunov in the American premiere of Mussorgsky's opera. He also created roles in three operas by Giacomo Puccini at the Met, namely, La fanciulla del West and the Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi segments of Il Trittico. He also appeared in the world premiere of Die Königskinder. His last appearance at the Met was in The Tales of Hoffmann on February 11, 1932. His voice had been on the wane for some time and he returned to Europe to live. Two months before the outbreak of World War II, Didur was appointed director of the opera company in Lwów, but the conflict made work impossible. He was appointed the first director of the Silesian Opera in 1945.

Chronology of some appearances

1897 Pistoia Teatro Manzoni Favorita (Baldassarre)
1898 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Lirico Boheme (Colline)
1899 Messina Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Gioconda (Alvise)
1901 San Paolo  Teatro Santana Boheme (Colline)
1904 Milano Teatro alla Scala Germania (Stapp)
1904 Buenos Ayres Teatro dell'Opera Boheme (Colline)
1905 Montevideo Teatro Solis Dannazione di Faust (Mefistofele)
1905 Buenos Ayres  Teatro dell'Opera Boheme (Colline)
1906 Milano Teatro alla Scala  La Figlia di Jorio (Mietitore)
1907 Montevideo Teatro Solis Don Carlo (Filippo IIý)
1907 Buenos Ayres  Teatro dell'Opera Boheme (Colline)
1908 Roma Teatro Costanzi Favorita (Baldassarre)
1908 New York Teatro Metropolitan Boheme (Colline)
1908 Philadelphia Academy of Music Boheme (Colline)
1909 Chicago Civic Opera House Boheme (Colline)
1909 New York Teatro Metropolitan Boheme (Colline)
1909 Philadelphia Academy of Music Boheme (Colline)
1910 New York Teatro Metropolitan Boheme (Colline)
1912 New York Teatro Metropolitan Boheme (Colline)
1912 Philadelphia Academy of Music Boheme (Colline)
1913 New York Teatro Metropolitan Boheme (Colline)
1914 New York Brooklyn Opera House Boheme (Colline)
1915 New York Teatro Metropolitan Boheme (Colline)
1921 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Boheme (Colline)
1921 Cittа del Messico Esperanza Iris Boheme (Colline)
1922 Philadelphia Academy of Music Boheme (Colline)
1923 San Francisco Civic Auditorium Boheme (Colline)
1924 Philadelphia Academy of Music Boheme (Colline)
1924 San Francisco Civic Auditorium Boheme (Colline)
1925 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Boheme (Colline)



Berliner, Warszawa 1900-04-15/23
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Piff-paff (in Italian)  22200  1382A
Si tu le voulais (Tosti)   22201 1378A 
Skryta milosc (Hidden love)   22202
Roberto il Diavolo (Meyerbeer):  Le rovineson queste (in Italian)  22203 1381A
Mefistofele (Boito):  Son lo spirito chenega   22204 1383A
Don Carlos (Verdi):  Dormirö sol (in Italian)  22205 1458A
O matko moja (Oh, mother) (Moniuszko) 22206 1459A
Mefistofele (Boito): Ecco il mondo (in Italian)  22207 1461A
Faust (Gounod):  Le veau d'or (in Italian) 22208 1462A
Ernani (Verdi):  Infelice, e tuo credevi 22209 1460A
The Haunted Manor (Moniuszko): When Ilooked into her eyes  22230 1463A

G&T, Warszawa 1901-11
Wrozba znachora (The quack'sprophecy) (Moniuszko)  22718 1810B
O matko moja (Oh, mother)  22717 1809B
Wrozba znachora (The quack's prophecy)  22718 1810B
Nasi gorale (Our mountaineers) 22719 1811B
Stary krol (The old king) (Hertz) 22720 1812B
Skryta milosc (Hidden love)  22721 1813B      
Verbum Nobile (Moniuszko):  Serwacy's Polonaise  22723 1815B
Starosc (Old age) (Moniuszko)  22724 1816B
Piosnka dudarza (Bagpiper's song)  (Maszynski) 22836
Widma (Moniuszko): Children! don't you recognize me 22837 489x
Halka (Moniuszko): I lack the words to thank you  22838 490x
Zaczarowana krolewna (Gall)  22839 491x
Rokiczana (Moniuszko): Ballad about Florian the Grey  22840  492x
Piesn flisakуw (Sail! Young raftsmen) (Moniuszko)  22841 493x
Mefistofele  (Boito): Son lo spirito 22842 494x

G&T, Milano 1903-10/11
Ebrea (Halevy): Voi ehe del Dio vivente  52027 Con287
Roberto il Diavolo (Meyerbeer): Le rovine son queste  052023 Con 674
Faust (Gounod): Tu che fai l'addormentata  052028 Con 693

Mefistofele (Boito): Son lo spirito chenega  052048 Con 677
Huguenots (Meyerbeer):  Piff-paff 052051 Con 688

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-20
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer): Dispersa sen vada 39489 Xph1629
Mefistofele (Boito): Fin da stanotte with Giovanni Zenatello 39509 Xph 1631

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-22
Dama di picche (Tchaikovsky): Se all'egual di vaghi augelli 39511 xPh 1643
Dama di picche (Tchaikovsky): Un giorno a Versaglla 39512 xPh 1644

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-23
Faust (Gounod): Dio dell'or 39485 Xph1650

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-26
Vita Bretone (Mugnone): Vivea nel tempo 39490 Xph1662

Fonotipia, Milano 1907-10-10
Robert le Diable (Meyerbeer): Suore che riposate 92002 Xph2670

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-04-23
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): La calunnia e un venticello 74119 xxPh 3175

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-04-24
Ernani (Verdi):  Infelice! E tuo credevi 92225 xPh 3183
Ebrea (Halevy): Voi che del Dio vivente 92224 Xph3182

Pathé, New York 1916 - 1921
Nozze di Figaro (Mozart): Aprite un po'quegli occhi  60053 E66088
Sonnambula (Bellini): Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni 27506 T66640

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