Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 1, 2014

Elena Dragulinescu - Stinghe (Soprano) (? 1881 - Bucharest 1970)


From 1901 to 1906 she studied singing at the Bucharest Conservatory under Charlota Laria (singing), D. Gh. Kiriac (theory, solfeggio, harmony, choir), C. Flesch (violin) and Aristizza Romanescu (dictiune). Additionally she studied singing under the famous Sopranos Elena Teodorini and also trained in Paris. In 1902 she made her debut at  the National Theatre in Bucharest as Philine in ‘’Mignon’’ of A. Thomas. She appeared in this Opera House till 1909. From 1909 to 1914 she performed with success in Paris, also in other French cities. Together with French singers she toured North America, Ukraine, Bessarabia and Belgium. During the First World War she returned to Romania. In the 1914-1915 season, she was a soloist at the Opera in Bucharest. Then sang at the Opera of Iasi (1916-1918). At the National Opera of Bucharest she was the lead singer for almost two decades, with the exception of one year (1927-1928), when she sang at the Opera in Cluj. She appeared in ‘’Lame’’, ‘’Madama Butterfly’’, ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’, ‘’Ballo in Maschera’’, ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, ‘’Faust’’, ‘’Carmen’’, ‘’Don Pasquale’’,’’Bohème’’ etc. In 1940 she retired from the stage. She taught private lessons of singing, and between 1946 and 1948 he did the same thing at the Conservatory "Astra" in Bucharest.

Chronology of some appearances

1902-1909 Bucharest National Theatre 
1909-1914 Paris
1914-1915 Bucharest National Theatre
1916-1918 Iasi Opera House 
1927-1928 Cluj Opera 


Arena Record
Rigoletto (Verdi): Caro nome 2932

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