Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 31, 2015

Rosa Grünberg (Soprano) (Stockholm 4/1 1878 - Stockholm 11/4, 1960)

She was a pupil of pedagogues J. Jacobsson, Gillis Bratt and Signe Hebbe in Stockholm. In 1898 she made her debut at the Svenska Theater in Stockholm as Inga in ‘’Bröllopet på Ulvåsa’’, a few weeks later she sang at the Vasatheater of Stockholm in ‘’Opernball’’ by Heuberger. In the 1898-1902 seasons she appeared with great success at the Vasa Theater in Stockholm. In the 1902-1904 seasons she sang at Östermalmstheater in Stockholm and undertook a tour with the Ranfts Operetta troupe through the Scandinavian lands. Her repertoire also included the title part in J. Offenbach’s ‘’Schöner Helena’’ and Rosina in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’. In the 1906-1914 seasons she was a star of the Oscartheater in Stockholm. She was invited to appear at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and there in the 1914-1915 season she had a huge success as Leonora in ‘’Il Trovatore’’ and as Santuzza in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. She retired from the stage in 1916.

Chronology of some appearances

1898 Stockholm Svenska Theater
1898 Stockholm Vasatheater
1898-1902 Stockholm Vasa Theater
1902-1904 Stockholm Östermalmstheater
1906-1914 Stockholm Oscartheater
1914-1915 Stockholm Royal Opera


Gramophone, Stockholm 1911-10-16
Ro, ro, ögonsten (Sjögren) 283105 2084y
Rida ranka (Ekenberg) 283106 2085y

Aug 30, 2015

Knut Öhrström (Tenor) (Stockholm 17/6 1885 - Stockholm 17/9 1964)

First he studied singing under John Östergren in Stockholm, then with Vittorio Vanza in Milan. He made his debut in 1916 at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. Till 1924 he remained a member of this theater, where he appeared with success as Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Don José in ‘’Carmen’’, Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ and as Lohengrin. Together with the composer Hugo Alfvén he undertook a tour through the USA. In 1930 he withdrew from the stage and then worked as pedagogue in Stockholm.

Chronology of some appearances

1916-1924 Stockholm Royal Opera


Ekophon, Stockholm 1923-04
Folkvisa (Merikanto) NS1823 51748
Jungfrun under lind (Peterson-Berger) NS1823 51749

Wallin's Svenska Records, Chicago 1924/1925
Carmela (Ibland blommor och grönskande lundar) (de Curtis)  114 9039
Ingalill (Lejdström?) 114 9040
Stjärnor i kronan (Hultman) 115 9064
Jag är en pilgrim (Hultman) 115 9065

Aug 29, 2015

Johannes Scheurich (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

Jan. 24. 1920 Deutsche Oper, Berlin Undine (Ritter Hugo von Ringstetten)
Nov. 8. 1920 Deutsche Oper, Berlin Das Rheingold (Froh)
Nov. 6. 1921Deutsche Oper, Berlin  Der Troubadour (Manrico)
Mar. 3. 1922 Deutsche Oper, Berlin Hoffmanns Erzählungen (Hoffmann)
Feb. 3. 1923 Lyric Theater, Baltimore Tannhäuser (Walther)
Feb. 12. 1923 Manhattan Opera House, New York  Die Meistersinger (Zorn)
Feb. 24. 1923 Manhattan Opera House, New York Der fliegende Holländer (Steersman)
Mar. 7. 1923 Manhattan Opera House, New York Der fliegende Holländer (Steersman)
Mar. 31. 1923 Lexington Theatre, New York Concert
Apr. 3. 1923 Opera House, Boston Tannhäuser (Walther)
Apr. 6. 1923 Opera House, Boston Der fliegende Holländer  (Steersman)
Apr. 11. 1923 Opera House, Boston Das Rheingold  (Froh)
Apr. 16. 1923 Lyric Theater, Baltimore Das Rheingold (Froh)
Apr. 20. 1923 Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia Das Rheingold  (Froh)
Apr. 28 . 1923 Schenley Theater, Pittsburgh Der fliegende Holländer (Steersman)
Apr. 30. 1923 Orchestra Hall, Detroit Tannhäuser (Walther)
May 6. 1923 Metropolitan Theatre, Cleveland Tannhäuser (Walther)


Artiphon, Berlin 1919-11-08
Carmen (Bizet): Ich seh die Mutter dort with Seinemeyer 666
Trovatore (Verdi): Ins unsre Heimat with Weber 668

Die Schwätzerin von Saragossa (Offenbach): Spanisches Lied P. 1069-II 2527

Aug 28, 2015

Gunnar Grip (Baritone) (Norrtälje 29/6, 1887 - Stockholm 26/3, 1965)

From 1919 to 1921 he studied singing under Mattia Battistini in Rome, Vittorio Vanzo in Milan and W. Beck in Paris. In 1921 he made his debut at the Köiglichen Oper in Stockholm as Figaro G. Rossini's ''Il Barbiere di Siviglia''. The next 20 years he had a significant success in this famous Swedish opera house like at guest performances in the northern and the Baltic states. As a concert singer he gave a successful recitals in Berlin, Dresden, Rome, Paris, Brussels and London. In 1925, during the first Swedish broadcasting performance, he sang the title role in P. Tchaikovsky’s ‘’Eugene Onegin’’ under the direction of Nils Grevillius. His famous parts included Count di Luna in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, Tonio and Silvio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and Scarpia in ‘’Tosca’’. Later he also became known as the publisher of music-critical magazines (''Scenen'', 1934; ''Jorden Runt'', 1933-60).

Chronology of some appearances

1921-1941 Stockholm Köiglichen Oper


HMV, Stockholm 1923-05-28
Amarilli (Caccini) X1838 (18-282055)

HMV, Stockholm 1923-09-08
Zazà (Leoncavallo): Zazà, bruna zigenerska X1838 (18-282056)

Guillon-Brasseur (Contralto)

Contralto de l' opéra de Nice.


Berliner, Paris 1901
Mignon (Thomas): Connais-tu le pays  33225 3719½G

Henri Stamler (Baritone)

Chronology of some appearances

1896-1897 l’Opéra de Nice Thaïs (-)
1903 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) L'étranger (vieux pêcheur/contrebandier)
1905 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Armide (2°officier)
1906 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Ariene (Phéréklos, le Pilote)
1907 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Ariene (Phéréklos, le Pilote)
1907 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Thamara (officier)


Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1905?
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Fille des rois 17089
Hamlet (Thomas): Chanson à boire 17090
Hérodiade (Massenet): Vision fugitive 17096
Benvenuto Cellini (Diaz): Arioso 17097
Le biniou (Durand) 17132
Patrie (Paladilhe): Cantabile de Rysoor 17102
Coupe du Roi de Thulé (Diaz): Récit et arioso 17101 
Pauvre France (Faure) 17134
Sanctus (Beethoven) 17177
Chanson des peupliers (Doria) 17135
Pie Jesu (Stradella) 17173
Stances (Flégier) 17109

Aug 27, 2015

Romain (Leon) Carbelly (Bass/Baritone) (18.Saint-Amand, 21 juillet 1877 – ?)

He made his debut as Gunther in E. Reyer’s ‘’Sigurd’’ at the Paris Grand Opera (1906).

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Paris Grand Opera Sigurd (Gunther)
1908 Paris Grand Opera Le Prophète (Mathisen)
1908 Paris Grand Opera Roméo et Juliette (Capulet)
1908 Paris Grand Opera Guillaume Tell (Guillaume Tell)
1921 Paris Grand Opera Herodiade (Vitellius)
1922 Paris Grand Opera Faust (Valentin)
1922 Paris Grand Opera Boris Godounov (Héraut)
1922 Paris Grand Opera Samson et Dalila (Grand Prêtre)
1923 Paris Grand Opera Les Maitres Chanteurs de Nuremberg (Kathner)
1923 Paris Grand Opera Rigoletto (Monterone)
1923 Paris Grand Opera Aïda (Amonasro)
1923 Paris Grand Opera La Walkyrie (Wotan)
1924  Paris Grand Opera Sigurd (Grand Prêtre d'Odin)
1924  Paris Grand Opera Antar (Amarat)
1925 Paris Grand Opera Le Crépuscule des dieux (Gunther)
1925 Paris Grand Opera Tannhäuser (Biteroff)
1926 Paris Grand Opera Salomé (un Soldat).
1926 Paris Grand Opera Les Burgraves (Platon-Jassius)


Homophone, Paris 1906?
Les Gars d'Irlande (Holmès) 8841
Le Credo du Paysan (Goublier) 8383

Aug 25, 2015

Lea Fuldauer (Soprano) (The Hague, Holland 1887 - New York, USA 1949)

She studied in the Hague and in Amsterdam and began her career as coloratura soprano in Holland. In  the 1923-1925 seasons she was engaged by the Volksoper in Berlin, from 1926 to 1928 she was a member of the Stadttheater in Königsberg, in the 1929-1932 seasons she appeared at the Stadttheater in Münster. During the 1920’s she lived in Berlin and gave guest performances and concerts. Occasionally she sang at different Dutch operatic stages, also with the Truppe Co-Operatie in Haag. Her repertoire included Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’, Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’ and Oscar in ‘’Ballo in maschera’’. At the Grand Opéra in Paris she sang the role of Marzelline in Beethoven’s ‘’Fidelio’’ (1926). As a Jew, in 1939, before the occupation of Holland by the German troops, she fled to Brazil. After the Second World War she returned to her Dutch native country, but became blind.

Chronology of some appearances

1923-1925 Berlin Volksoper
1926-1928 Königsberg Stadttheater
1929-1932 Münster Stadttheater


Scala Record, London 1924
Faust (Gounod): Bloempjes lieflijk en zoet  (Bo) 3050 247 ar 

Aug 23, 2015

Cornelis Bronsgeest (Baritone) (Leiden, Holland 24/7 1878 - Berlin, Germany 22/9 1957)


Frist he decided to became an architecture, but after discovering that he had a beautiful voice, studied singing with Richard Schulz-Dornburg in Berlin, then under Julius Stockhausen in Frankfurt a. M. and made his debut in 1902 at the Stadttheater in Magdeburg, where he appeared till the next year. At the Berlin Hofoper he made his debut as Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’ and in 1913 sang the part of Posa in the premiere of G. Verdi’s ‘’Don Carlo’’. Three years later he performed here in the premiere of R. Srauss’s ‘’ Ariadne auf Naxos’’. Before the First World War he made successful guest performances in Holland, Belgium and France. In 1914, under Sir Thomas Beecham, he sang at the Drury Lane Theater of London the part of Papageno in ‘’Zauberflöte’’. In the 1919-1920 season he undertook a North America tour. In 1920 he guested at the Wien Staatsoper. He founded the Berlin broadcasting company orchestra and the broadcasting company choir. Then in the 1922-1924 seasons he went on a tour around Holland and Belgium. In 1924 he organized at the Amsterdam Théâtre Carré the performance of R. Wagner’s ‘’Parsifal’’. In 1933, because of political reasons, he gave up his activities with broadcasting company and from 1935 to 1944 worked as director of the Berlin Theater der Jugend. Till 1935 he still made guest appearances at the Berlin Hofoper. During the Second World War, he gave an opera performances before German soldiers. After the Second World War he organized the first opera performances in destroyed Berlin. Married to actress Bertha Kleen.

Chronology of some appearances

1902-1903 Magdeburg Stadttheater
1903-1908 Hamburg Stadttheater
1906-1919 Berlin Hofoper
1914 London Drury Lane Theatrer
1919-1920 North America tour
1920 Wien Staatsoper
1921-1923 Berlin Hofoper


Odeon, Berlin 1907-03/05 
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Blick' ich umher X50292 xB2538 

Odeon, Berlin 1908-09
Aida (Verdi): Vater, ich bin nicht ihnen die Sklavin with Rose X50569 xB4146

Odeon, Berlin 1908-10?
Nozze die Figaro (Mozart): Ich soll ein Glück entbehren X50582 xB4263 

Odeon, Berlin 1909-02?
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja X50611 xB4408 

Odeon, Berlin 1909-10?
Aida (Verdi): Ihr Vater! Ich hab' gekämpft X50672 xB4703

Paul Stieber-Walter (Tenor) (Wandsbek, Hamburg 1890 - ? 1973)

First he studied singing under the tenor Hanns Nietan in Dessau, later  he took voice lessons from the famous baritone Harry de Garmo in Wiesbaden and in 1915 he made debut at the  Stadttheater in Mainz, where he remained till 1918. In 1921 he appeared in Chemnitz in the premiere of the opera "Der Sonnenstürmer" written by his brother Hans Stieber. In 1927 at the Opernhaus in Hannover he sang in the premiere of the opera "Herrn Dürers Bild" by Joseph Gustav Mraczek. Since 1973 he lived in Marktl, Germany. His stage repertoire included Belmonte in "Entführung aus dem Serail", Nureddin in "Barbier von Bagdad" by  P. Cornelius, Fritz in  "Der ferne Klang" by F. Schreker, "Die Gezeichneten" by the same composer, Mephisto in "Doktor Faust" of F. Busoni, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’ and Klas in "Enoch Arden" of Ottmar Gerster.

Chronology of some appearances

1915-1918 Mainz Stadttheater
1918-1921 Chemnitz Stadttheater
1921-1922 Darmstadt Landestheater
1922-1929 Hannover Opernhaus
1924-1928 Berlin Staatsoper
1925 Köln Opernhaus
1927 Dresden Staatsoper
1929 Berlin Theater des Westen
1929 Berlin Metropol-Theater
1934 Sopot Festival
1936-1939 Frankfurt Stadttheater
1939-1941 Liegnitz Opernhaus
1941-1942 Görlitz Opernhaus


Odeon, Berlin 1927-03-04
Mignon (Thomas): Leb' wohl, Mignon O-6596 xxB7637
Mignon (Thomas): Wie ihre Unschuld O-6596 xxB7638

Aug 21, 2015

Francisco Puiggener (Baritone)

He studied singing at the Barcelona Conservatory under the pedagogue Bardelli and made his debut in 1895 at the Teatro Liceo as Germont in ‘’Traviata’’ opposite Hariclea Darclee and Giuseppe Moretti.

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Barcelona Teatro Liceo Traviata (Germont)
1898 Barcelona Teatro Liceo Traviata (Germont)
1898 Barcelona Teatro Liceo Boheme (Schaunard)
1900 Lisbona Coliseo Recrejos Aida (Amonasro)
1900 Madrid Reale Aida (Amonasro)
1901 Madrid Reale Aida (Amonasro)
1903 Almeria De Variedades Traviata (Germont)
1903 Lisbona Coliseo Recrejos Aida (Amonasro)
1903 Barcellona Tivoli Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1905 Alicante Principal Aida (Amonasro)
1905 Las Palmas Principal Aida (Amonasro)
1906 Barcellona Bosque Aida (Amonasro)


Amleto (Thomas): O vin discaccia la tristezza

Ettore Ciccolini (Bass)

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Parma Politeama Reinach La Sonnambula (Conte Rodolfo)  with Primo Maini (Elvino), Giulietta Wermez (Amina), Clelia Cappelli (Teresa), Rosina Lucchini (Lisa), Arturo Negri (Alessio) and Clelia Cappelli (Teresa)

1905 Montevideo Teatro Solis Rigoletto (Sparafucile) with Giuseppe Armanini (Duca), Maria Barrientos (Gilda) and Alessandro Arcangelli (Rigoletto).


Edison cylinders, Milano? 1903?
Faust (Gounod): Tu che fai l'addormentata 12518

Aug 20, 2015

Isabella Paoli (Soprano) (Firenze, Italia 1860 - Bologna, Italia 1903)

She began her career in 1878 in operetta. Blessed with both beauty and vocal talent, she quickly became a great success. She subsequently appeared in opera, an early performance having been in Valencia, 1889, as Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’. Heard in a number of Italian theaters, including the Politeama in Genoa, the Dal Verme in Milano, and the Mercadante in Naples, Paoli gained considerable attention, both for her on stage performances and her prima donna behavior with related scandals and eccentricities. She died as a result of complications following surgery while engaged to sing Gioconda at the Duse Theater in Bologna. Judging from her records, she was one of the great dramatic sopranos of her era. 

Chronology of her appearances

1889 Valencia Teatro Principal Lohengrin (Elsa)
1896 Montevideo Teatro Solis Pagliacci (Nedda)
1899 Torino Teatro Carignano Gioconda (Gioconda)
1900 Napoli Teatro Mercadante Ruy Blas (Casilda)
1901 Modena Teatro Municipale Norma (Norma)
1902 Milano Teatro Dal Verme I Lombardi alla prima crociata (Giselda)
1903 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Gioconda (Gioconda)


Zonophone, Milano 1902-09?  
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Suicidio X-1842
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Voi lo sapete X-1843

Esmeralda Pucci (Soprano) (Milano, Italia 1888 - ? 1968)

She received her singing lessons at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and made her debut in 1905 at the Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon as Nahir in ''Re di Lahore''.

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Re di Lahore (Nahir)
1906 Messina  Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Mefistofele (Margherita)
1907 Torino Teatro Regio Oro Del Reno (Freia)
1909 Roma Teatro Costanzi Dannazione di Faust (Margherita)
1911 La Spezia Politeama Duca di Genova Aida (Aida)
1913 Fermo Teatro Dell'Aquila  Trovatore (Leonora)
1915 Genova Politeama Genovese Fanciulla del West (Minnie)
1917 Verona  Teatro Ristori Gioconda (Gioconda)
1921 Sampierdarena Politeama Sampierdarenese Tosca (Tosca)
1923 Milano Teatro Carcano Trovatore (Leonora)
1925 Palermo Teatro Nazionale Norma (Norma)


Edison, Milano 1912
Tosca (Puccini): Sempre con fè sincera 44956

Isabella De Frate (Soprano) (Valletta 1892 - ? 1918 ?)

The daughter of the famous soprano Ines de Frate, she had a successful, but short career. During her appearances in Parma and Roma, she had a brief relationship with his partner Tito Schipa. She retired from the stage in 1918. She died young. 

Chronology of some appearances

6 April 1912 Parma Politeama Reinach Don Pasquale (Norina) with Tito Schipa (Ernesto) and Giuseppe De Bernardi (Don Pasquale)
8 April 1912 Parma Politeama Reinach Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina) with Tito Schipa (Almaviva), Giuseppe De Bernardi (Bartolo) and Sante Canali (Figaro)
23 April 1912 Parma Politeama Reinach La Sonnambula (Amina) with Tito Schipa (Elvino), Gennaro Maria Curci (conte Rodolfo) and Aida Ballarin (Teresa)
2 March 1915 Venezia Teátro Rossini Rigoletto (Gilda) with Charles Hackett (Duca) and Adolfo Pacini (Rigoletto)
1918 Bologna Teatro Comunale Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
1918 Bologna Teatro Comunale Don Pasquale (Norina)


Fonotipia, Milano 1912-04-02
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Una voce poco fà 92903 XPh4828
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Io sono docile  92904 XPh4829

Aug 18, 2015

Hans Siewert (Tenor) (26. November 1872 Cordova/Argentinien, † 31. März 1941 Berlin)

His father was a chemistry professor at the university of Cordova in Argentina. He came early to Germany and studied pharmacy. He concluded his studies and worked in Wroclaw as druggist. Then he studied singing under Breslau pedagogue Paul and in 1899 made his debut at the Opernhaus in Köln, where he appeared till 1903. In the 1903-1908 seasons he was active at the Opernhaus in Breslau, from 1909-1911 seasons at the Stadttheater (Opernhaus) in Hamburg, in the 1911-1916 seasons at the Hoftheater in Karlsruhe, from 1916 to 1917 season at the Stadttheater in Essen. In the 1919-1923 seasons was a soloist of the Stadttheater in Königsberg. Later he was active as director. He made guest appearances at the Hofopern of Munich (1901), Vienna (1904), Dresden (1905) and Stuttgart (1916). He sang also in Frankfurt a. M. (1901), Leipzig (1903) and at the Theater des Westen in Berlin (1903). A respected concert and oratorio tenor, he sang  with success in G. Mahler’s "Lied von der Erde" in Leipzig (1912).

Chronology of some appearances

1899-1903 Köln Opernhaus
1903-1908 Breslau Opernhaus
1909-1911 Hamburg Stadttheater
1911-1916 Karlsruhe Hoftheater
1916-1917 Essen Stadttheater
1919-1923 Königsberg Stadttheater


Gramophone, Breslau 1908
Trovatore (Verdi): Dass nur für mich 4-42058 12402u

Postillon de Longjumeau (Adam): Postillonlied 4-42059 12403u

Jeanne Tiphaine (Soprano) (? 20/8/1873 - ? 1958)

She studied singing at the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1894 she made her debut at the Opéra-Comique in Paris and remained member of this house during her whole long career. In 1898 she created for Paris the part of Musetta in G. Puccini’s ‘’Bohème’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Paris Opéra-Comique Le pre-aux-Clercs (Isabelle) (Debut)
1898 Paris Opéra-Comique Bohème (Musetta) (Premiere)
1899 Paris Opéra-Comique Cendrillon (Premiere)
1900 Paris Opéra-Comique Louise (Irma) (Premiere)
1901 Paris Opéra-Comique La Fille de Tabarin by Gabriel Pierné (Premiere)
1901 Paris Opéra-Comique Grisélidis (Premiere)
1905 Paris Opéra-Comique L'Enfant Roi by Alfred Bruneau (Premiere)
1905 Paris Opéra-Comique La pure Fiammette by Xavier Leroux (Premiere)
1914 Paris Opéra-Comique Marouf by Henri Rabaud (Premiere)
1921 Paris Opéra-Comique Dans l'ombre de la Cathédrale by Georges Hüe (Premiere)
1922 Paris Opéra-Comique Gianni Schicchi (Premiere)


Beka-Symphonie, Paris  1904
La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti): Au bruit de la guerre with Jean Delvoye 10113

Beka, Paris 1906/1907  
Boheme (Puccini): Air de Musette 8445
Louise (Charpentier): Depuis le jour 8442