Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 4, 2015

Carel van Hulst (Baritone) (Amsterdam, Netherlands 1881 – San Francisco, Northern California 1937)

His real name was Carel Butter and under it he appeared in Holland, while he did his international career under the family name of his mother van Hulst. He receive his education in Amsterdam and Berlin among other things with Cornélie van Zanten and made his debut in 1906 at the Court Opera in Berlin as Silvio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. After a successful guest performance he was engagaed in 1911 by the Court Opera in Vienna, to which he belonged, however, only a few months. In 1914 he made guest appearances at the Covent Garden in London as Amfortas and Telramund. Already in 1913 he appeared there in the première of the opera ‘’Joseph’’of E. Méhul. In 1913 he visited Russia. During the years of the First World War he sang under the name Carel Butter at smaller opera societies in Holland. Thus he appeared in 1918 with the Residentie Opera-Vereeniging in the Dutch première of G. Verdi’s ‘’Falstaff’’ in the title role. In the 1915-1916 season he sang in the ensemble of the Italian Opera in Holland the role of Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’ and the Escamillo in ‘’Carmen’’. In  the 1917-1918 season he belonged to the Chicago Opera. In 1919 he guested again at the Covent Garden as Rigoletto. Later he worked as pedagogue in San Francisco.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Berlin Court Opera
1911 Vienna Court Opera
1913 London Covent Garden
1914 London Covent Garden
1915-1916 Holland Italian Opera
1917-1918 Chicago Opera
1919 London Covent Garden


Edison 4-min cylinders, Berlin 1910?
Zar und Zimmermann (Lortzing): Sonst spielt' ich mit Szepter BA 26061 15111
Carmen (Bizet): Torerolied  BA 26064 15117

Pathé, Berlin 1910?
Verborgenheit (Wolf) 15605
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Blick ich umher 15604
Faust (Gounod): Valentins Gebet 15609

Ultima 1910?
Das goldene Kreuz (Ignaz Brüll) 293
Die Jahreszeiten (Haydn): Schon eilet froh der Ackermann 294

Columbia, 1916?
Tannhäuser (Wagner): O Tu Bell' Astro Incantatore D6343 36283
Tosca (Puccini): Aria Scarpia D17077 75615
Otello (Verdi): Sì, pel ciel marmoreo giuro! with Louis Goldsteen D17077 75615
Faust (Gounod): Dio possente D17071 75599
Faust (Gounod): Dio dell'or, del mondo Signor! D17071 75600
Favorita (Donizetti): Aria D17067 70567
Hed Gebed van den Landman (Goublier) D6343 36308
O hoofd bedekt met wonden D6370 51052
Looft God met Bazuingeklank D6370 51055

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