Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 23, 2013

Juan Spiwak (Tenor) (Slowenien 1883 – New York 1946)

He was of Jewish origin. From 1907-09 he was a member of Vienna Volksoper. Here he appeared often together with famous soprano Maria Jeritza. In 1919 he appeared at Stadttheater of Nuremberg in the premiere of the Robert Heger's opera "Ein Fest auf Haderslev" . In 1933 he left for political reasons Germany and emigrated to North America. When his active career was finished, he lived in Berlin as a pedagogue. In New York he further been active in the educational area.

Chronology of some appearances

1910-11 Dìsseldorf Opernhaus
1911-12  Olmìtz (Olomouc) Theater
1912-15 Bremen Stadttheater
1915-22 Nurnberg Stadttheater (World premiere of Ein Fest auf Haderslev by Robert Heger in 1919), where he also directed operas
1923-25 Danzig Stadttheater, as singer und director
1927-28 Berliner Komischen Oper, as singer und director


Homokord, Berlin 1907/1908
Trovatore (Verdi) Deserto sulla terra 1056
Carmen (Bizet) Blumenarie 1060
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Cantabile 1062
Troubadour: (Verdi): Terzett with Juan  Luria and Sanden 1069
Carmen (Bizet): Eine Linie Tiefer with Juan  Luria 1070
Troubadour (Verdi): Duett with Juan  Luria 1074
Walkure (Wagner): Liebeslied 1083
Trovatore (Verdi) Miserere (w. Sanden) 1176
Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri monti with Gertrud Kunge 1502
Aida (Verdi): Misero appien mi festi with Margarete Leux 1531
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): No, no Turridu  with Margarete Leux 1548
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Viva il vino spumeggiante  1788

Odeon, Berlin 1908.07
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): O Mathilde (Friedrich Kark (cnd, O) with Juan Luria 99060 xB 3970
Faust (Gounod): O gib junges Blut (O) with Emil Stammer 99016 xB 3922

Pathe, Wien 1908
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Du, du Geliebter with Maria Jeritza  38683

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