Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 23, 2014

Theodore (Tobia, Vito) Kittay (Tenor) (near St. Petersburg 1887 - USA 1965)

                                                        with Giacomo Puccini

He was of jewish origin. Since 1902 he lived at St. Petersburg and in 1905 he studied singing at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under the pedagogue Stanislav Gabel. In 1912 together with his family he went to New York, where he additionally studied privately with Pasquale Amato. He appeared almost exclusively together with Japanese soprano Tamaki Miura (1884-1946), who undertook big tours in the 1924-32 seasons appearing in G. Puccini's ''Madama Butterfly''  and ''Iris'' of P. Mascagni. Already in 1917 he appeared opposite her at the Boston Opera in P. Mascagni's ''Iris''. When Tamaki Miura began in 1920 her big European tours, he sang as her partner at the Italian opera houses. Besides, he appeared in Europe under the pseudonym Vito. After his retirement he worked at the Chicago Conservatory.

Chronology of appearances

Iris Indianapolis, Murat Th., 14 October 1916 (possible)
Iris Louisville, Keith's Th., 18 October 1916
Iris Columbus, Hartmann Th., 24 October 1916
Iris Richester, Lyceum, 28 October 1916
Iris Buffalo, Teck Th., 1 November 1916
Iris New York, Lexington Th., 9 November 1916 (2)
Iris Philadelphia, Metropolitan O. H., 14 November 1916
Iris Cleveland, Keith's Auditorium, 22 November 1916
Iris Detroit, Washington Th., 24 November 1916
Iris Baltimore, Lyric, 1 December 1916
Iris Boston, Opera House, 5 January 1917]
Iris Washington, Poli's Th., 13 January 1917
Iris Pittsburgh, Alvin Th., 17 January 1917
Iris Cincinatti, Music Hall, 24 January 1917
Iris Toledo, Valentine Th., 27 January 1917
Iris Nashville, Vendome Th., 2 February 1917
Iris New Orleans, La Fayette Th., 7 February 1917
Iris Dallas, Coliseum, 13 February 1917
Iris El Paso, Texas Grand Th., 17 February 1917
Iris Los Angeles, Cline's Th., 20 February 1917
Iris San Francisco, Cort Th., 27 February 1917
Iris Portland, 11th Street Play House, 6 March 1917
Iris Seattle, ?, 8 March 1917
Iris Spokane, Auditorium, 15 March 1917
Iris Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Th. 20 March 1917
Iris  Denver, Auditorium, 24 March 1917
Iris Omaha, Boyd's Th., 28 March 1917
Iris Kansas City, Convention Hall, 31 March 1917


Columbia, New York 1917-11-09
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Love duet with Tamaki Miura 49265

Brunswick 1921
Meierke Mein Sohn  40000-B

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