Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 24, 2014

Leonardo Aramesco (Tenor) (Temesvár 1898 – New York 1946)

He studied singing at Vienna under Otto Iro and Kate Naether-Osten. He began his stage career appearing in the 1920-23 seasons at the Vienna State Opera. In 1926 he was engaged by the West German broadcasting company in Cologne. Here he attained a quite unusual popularity singing roles like Rodolfo in ‘’Bohème’’, Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’, Don Ottavio in ‘’Don Giovanni’’, Lohengrin, Riccardo in Verdi’s ‘’Ballo in maschera’’, Jason in ‘’Medea’’ of Cherubini, Don José in ‘’Carmen’’, Almaviva in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’ and Tamino in ‘’Zauberflöte’’. He also sang in other German radio stations, among other things at Frankfurt a. M., Stuttgart, Munich, Vienna and Prague. Also as an operetta singer he had a significant career. In 1933 he was dismissed as a Jew with the German broadcasting company. Then in the 1935-36 season he was engaged by the Opera House in Lucerne, in the 1937-38 season he performed at the Opera House of Teplitz-Schönau in Czech Republic. He went to Amsterdam, where he made guest appearances and then been active in the field of education. Then he emigierted to USA. Here he still gave a recitals. He died suddenly during an USA tour.

Chronology of some appearances

1920-23 Vienna State Opera
1923-24 Berlin State Opera
1924-25 Erfurt Municipal Theatre
1925-26 Bielefeld Municipal Theatre
1926-27 Erfurt Municipal Theatre
1926-28 Essen Opera House

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