Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 26, 2014

Janós Halmos (Tenor) (Arad 1887 – Budapest 1961)

Basically he was an autodidact. First he was a member of choir at the Opera House of Arad. After he had been engaged first by the smaller Hungarian theatres, he became in 1928 a successor of the tenor Béla Környei at the Budapest  National Opera. Here he appeared till 1950 as the first tenor. In 1931 he took part in Budapest in the premiere of the opera ''The Mask'' of Jenö Hubay. He had significant success at guest performances at the Teatro Alla Scala, at the Opera House of Wroclaw and in Florence. His famous roles included the Pollione in Bellini's ''Norma'', José in ''Carmen'' and the Bánk Bán in the opera of the same name of  F. Erkel. Especially popularly he became by his appearance as  Kálmán in ''Hochzeit im Fasching'' of Poldini. He had a very expressive tenor voice of shining timbre. He made only four records for Gramophone.

Chronology of appearances

1928-1950 Budapest  National Opera


Gramophone, Budapest 1931-11-05
Farsangi lakodalom Kálmán diák áriája (Poldini-Vajda Jeno) HU19 70-2155
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira
Bánk Bán (Erkel): Hazám, hazám HU19 70-2156

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