Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 30, 2014

Bohumil Benoni (Baritone) (Chrudim 1862 - Weißwasser 1942)


First he studied under Anny Chrzová in Chrudim, then at opera school  of  J. L. Lukes in Prague. In 1882 he made his debut in Prague as a concert singer. In 1883 he made his debut as comprimario (nightwatchman in ‘’Kolár Primátor’’) at the National Theatre and was so successful, that at the same year he  made his second debut as Valentin in C. Gounod’s  ‘’Faust’’. He was famous as Don Giovanni, which he also sang in 1887 in Prague. Already in 1885 he sang in Prague the role of Telramund in ‘’Lohengrin’’. In 1888 he appeared as Eugene Onegin in the Prager première of  P. Tchaikovsky’s opera ‘’Eugene Onegin’’, which was directed by the composer itself. He took part at the national Theatre in Prague in several premieres of operas; he sang on 12. 2. 1889 in ‘’Der Jakobiner’’ of A. Dvořák, on 31. 3. 1901 in ‘’Eva’’of  J. B. Forester and on 31. 3. 1901 in ‘’Rusalka’’ of Dvořák. Later he worked in Prague as a pedagogue. He was married to known Czech actress Hanna Benoni (1868-1922).

Chronology of some appearances

1883 Prague National Theatre Kolár Primátor (Nightwatchman)
1885 Prague National Theatre Lohengrin (Telramund)
1887 Prague National Theatre Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
1888 Prague National Theatre Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin)


G&T, Praha 1906
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prolog 72195 3648L
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Romance an den Abendstern 72146 3649L
Otello (Verdi): Credo 72216 3669L
Carmen (Bizet): Toreador 72179 3671L
Nozze di Figaro (Mozart): Crudel, perchè finora with Bobková 74026 3650L
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Là ci darem with Kubátova 74034  3651L

G&T, Praha 1907
Fliegende Holländer (Wagner): Duett with Pollert 274000 3735r
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Prière de Tell 2-72024 3752r
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Aria 2-72026 3738r
Faust (Gounod): Avant de quitter 2-72025 3753r

Gramophone, Praha 1908
Taku som si frajerocku V.*4-102048 4991r
Proc jsi k nám neprisel V.*4-102049 4993r
Zakletý prine (-): Arie 2-72132 5017r
Hedy (Fibich): Zpěv Lambra 2-72133 5018r

Gramophone, Praha
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Aria  V.*4-102369
Certova stena (Smetana): Aria Vokova V.*4-102381
Carmen (Bizet): Votre toast V.*4-102380
Traviata (Verdi): Di Provenza V.*4-102368

1 comment:

  1. Hello - excuse me, would it be possible to purchase from you Benoni's Eugene Onegin aria, as an online download? I would be most grateful:-)