Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 26, 2012

Traian Grozavescu (Tenor) (Lugoj, Romania 1895 –Vienna, Austria 1927)

                                               Vasco da Gama in ''L'Africana''

                                                      Cavaradossi in ''Tosca''

He was a leading Romanian tenor of his day, famous in Europe for his exceptional career. He was born on November 21st.,1895 in Lugoj (Romania). He studied with Maestro Ion Vidu. During the First World War Grozavescu was artillery officer in the Austro-Hungarian army. He made his debut in Cluj as Pinkerton in ''Madama Butterfly''. In 1922, he made a sensational debut at the Viennese Volksoper. He sang there until 1923. There he take vocal lessons from Franz Steiner. He performed under such conductors as Richard Strauss and Arturo Toscanini. He successfully went on tour to Berlin 1923-25, and Prague (1924). In 1926, he made a successful debut at the Vienna Staatsoper as Rodolfo with Lotte Lehmann. His repertory included "The Magic Flute", "Der Meistersinger", "Aida", "Carmen", and "Tosca". He was renowned for his good looks as well as his voice, and had a number of affairs. One night, while boarding a train for a concert date in Berlin, Grozavescu was shot and killed by his wife in a fit of jealous rage. His career reached the top when he was asked to concert at Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1927. In Romania there are several streets and monuments named for him, as well as the Municipal Theatre of Lugoj.

Cronology of appearance

1926  Vienna Staatsoper Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)


Odeon, Berlin 1924-03-03
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle Rxx 80889 xxB 69282
Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Morgendlich leuchtend Rxx 80892 xzB 69352
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior Rxx 80893 Rxx 69362
Madama Butterfly (Puccini):  Addio, fiorito asil Rxx 80885 xxB 69372

Odeon, Berlin 1924-03-05
Rigoletto (Verdi): Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime Rxx 80645 xxB 69295
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile Rxx 80890 xxB 69302
Die Zauberflote (Mozart): Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon Rxx 80891 xxB 69313
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Un tal gioco Rxx 80887 xxB69322
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba Rxx 80888 xxB 69332
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita Armonia Rxx 80886 xxB69392

Odeon, Berlin 1924?
Die Zauberflote (Mozart): Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon A 161206a Be 9766-0
Carmen (Bizet): Il fior A 161206b Be 9768-0
Madama Butterfly (Puccini):  Addio, fiorito asil  A 161204a Be 97693-0
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Un tal gioco A 161205a Be 9922-0
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba A161205b Be 9923-0
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita Armonia A 161204b


  1. Just for your information: The Odeon Be-matrix numbers with the appendix -0 are re-recordings of the older records of Grosavescu, made at a time when the singer was already dead. The old records were played before a microphone and recorded again in order to make the recording which was on a 30 cm-record before fit to a 25 cm record. So the listed 25 cm records above are no different recordings but only artefacts made by Odeon.

  2. Thank you Dear Emilio for this information.
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  4. I am searching for photos and cds from Traian Grozavescu. Where could I find it?
    Thank you in advance and best regards, Andrea (

    1. Hello. I have his CD with his photos, please write on my email
      All the best

  5. A PS to your bio. His wife was acquitted at trial.