Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 2, 2013

Nadia Svilarova (Soprano) (Sofia 1900 - ?)


She studied singing in Sofia under Efemia Ilkovo and Ivan Vulpe. She made her debut in operetta. It has happened in 1917. After her debut as Aida she had an important career in the years after 1920 singing the roles of the dramatic soprano in Italy. In 1924, she appeared in Verona singing Marguerite in the ‘’Damnation di Faust’’ by Berlioz, in 1928 the role of Leonore in ‘’Trovatore’’ with Jose Palet in Genoa. Appearing at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, she sang Marina in ‘’Boris Godunov’’ in 1928, repeating that role at La Scala in 1929 with great success. In Venice she sang as a partner of Beniamino Gigli. Her career did not last long as she seemed to have retired from the stage in the 1930s. Major roles in her career included Aida, Tosca and Marina. She was the sister-in-law of the famous Italian singer, Salvatore Baccaloni (1900-1969). Probably she died young.

Chronology of some appearances

1924 Torino Teatro Di Torino Requiem di G.Verdi
1925 Catania  Teatro Bellini Dejanice (Dejanice)
1926 Torino  Teatro Di Torino Alceste di W.C.Gluck
1927 Genova  Teatro Carlo Felice Trovatore (Leonora)
1928 Treviso  Teatro Sociale Dejanice (Dejanice)
1929 Milano Teatro La Scala Boris Godunov (Marina)
1930 Trieste  Teatro Verdi  Loreley (Loreley)
1931 Malta Teatro Reale Walkiria (Siglinde)
1932 Milano Teatro Carcano Tosca (Tosca)
1933 Novara  Teatro Coccia Boris Godunov (Marina)
1938 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Aida (Aida)


Columbia, Milano 1929-03/04
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Tu qui Santuzza, pt 1 with Carmelo  Alabiso D6055 WB2489
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Tu qui Santuzza, pt 2 with Carmelo  Alabiso D6055 WB2491
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): Grazie signor with Carmelo  Alabiso D6061, WB2546
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): O dolce voluttà with Carmelo Alabiso D6061 WB2553


  1. I adore her heavenly voice!!! Such a pity she didn't make many records...

  2. Thanks you for your cooment. She made 12 records, I have 4.
    All the best