Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 15, 2014

Forrest Lamont (Tenor) (Athelone/Canada 1881 - Chicago 1937)


As a child he came to Chicopee, Massachusetts, where he sang in a church choir. He studied in Italy and debuted in 1914 at the Teatro Adriano in Rome in Donizetti’s ‘’Poliuto’’. Still in the same year he made guest appearance in Moscow. Guest performances followed in Budapest, Vienna and in Italian opera stages. In 1917 he joined to the Chicago Opera (debuted as Xalca in the premiere of the opera ‘’Azora’’ of Hadley). In 1918 he sang at the Chicago Opera in the premiere of Arthur Nevin’s ‘’A Daughter of the Forest’’. During the long years of his affiliation to the Chicago Opera he sang there parts like the Rodolfo in ‘’Bohème’’, Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Edgardo in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Dimitri in ‘’Boris Godunov’’, Pedro in ‘’Tiefland’’ of E. d'Albert (1926) and Folco in Mascagni’s ‘’Isabeau’’, since 1922 he also appeared in  R. Wagner’s operas like ‘’Die Walkure’’ and ‘’Tannhäuser’’. In 1921 he had at the Chicago Opera in which he remained active till 1930 one of his biggest success in ‘’I Gioielli della Madonna’’ of E.Wolf Ferrari with Rose Raisa as a partner. After 1930 he still guested at the Cincinnati Zoo Theatre; then he worked as a pedagogue in Chicago.

Chronology of some appearances

1914    Roma   Teatro Adriano Poliuto (Poliuto)
1915    Porto Maurizio Teatro Cavour Poliuto (Poliuto)
1916    Philadelphia Academy of Music Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
1917    Paterson Lyceum Theater Trovatore (Manrico)
1918    Chicago Civic Opera House    A Daughter of the Forest di A.Nevin (Lover)
1919    Philadelphia Academy of Music Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1920    Chicago Civic Opera House    Pagliacci (Canio)
1921    Chicago Civic Opera House    I Gioielli della Madonna (Gennaro)
1922    Chicago Civic Opera House    I Gioielli della Madonna (Gennaro)
1923    Chicago Civic Opera House    Aida (Radames)
1924    Chicago Civic Opera House    Aida (Radames)
1925    Chicago Civic Opera House    Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1926    Chicago Civic Opera House    Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1927    Chicago Civic Opera House    Boris Godunov (Grigori)
1928    Chicago Civic Opera House    Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1929   Chicago Civic Opera House     Trovatore (Manrico)
1930   Cincinnati Zoo Theater Iris (Osaka)


Rigoletto (Verdi): E il sol dell' anima Maria Campanari 6009-A          
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Brindisi 6007-B       
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): O Lola 6007-A       
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira 6001-B        
Rigoletto (Verdi): Qesta o quella 6009-B        
Tosca (Puccini): E  lucevan le stelle 6001-A

No comments:

Post a Comment