Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 24, 2015

Sven Nyblom (Tenor) (Uppsala, Sweden 23 Mar 1868 - Stockholm, Sweden 7 Feb 1931)

He studied singing under Gillis Bratt in Stockholm, then with Mariano Padilla in Paris. In 1900 he made his debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Radames in ‘’Aida’’. Till 1922 he appeared with great success at the Stockholm Opera. Since 1913 he was also active as a director of the Stockholm Opera. In 1918 he became a manager of the Royal Opera school in Stockholm. In 1911 he received from the Swedish king the order "Litteris et artibus" .

Chronology of some appearances

1900-1922 Stockholm  Royal Opera


Trovatore (Verdi): Stretta S373

Edwige Medugno (Soprano)

She had a short career. Probably she made her debut in 1913 at the Teatro Sociale in Soresina as Manon in ‘’Manon Lescaut’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Modena Teatro Municipale Edmea (Edmea)
1919 Napoli Chiesa di San Paolo Maggiore (San Gaetano) Concerto


Pathé, Milano 1914?
Lohengrin (Wagner): Or dei profani with Elvira Magliulo 86347 12530

Vittorio Weinberg (Baritone) (Jerusalem, Israel 1895 - ?)

Born Chaim Weinberg to a family of pioneer settlers in Israel. As a young man, he was sent for religious studies at the Yeshiva Chayai Olom and Yeshiva Etz Chaim. He was discovered to have a beautiful voice and decided to leave for Cairo, where, while studying at the University, he performed several concerts at the Royal Palace. In 1920 he left for Milan, where he studied for two years at the Conservatory with Maestro Giuseppe Mandolini. He made his debut in 1922 at the Sociale of Brescia in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ and ‘’Pagliacci’’. For ten years he carried out an intense schedule in Italy and in many other countries (Sweden, Finland, the Baltics, Poland, Chile, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Austria and Egypt). In 1932 he moved back to Israel, where he was given direction of the schools of singing of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa and of the Jerusalem Theater. In 1936 he sang on the radio and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1939 he moved to the United States, where he was appointed cantor of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco for a few years. In 1948 he performed at the local Opera House, singing in ‘’Rigoletto’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1922 Brescia Teatro Sociale Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1923 Como Politeama Lariano Amico Fritz (David)
1924 Scandiano Teatro Sociale Favorita (Alfonso)
1925 Il Cairo Teatro Kedivhiale Adriana Lecouvreur (Michonnet)
1926 Trieste Teatro Verdi Cavaliere Della Rosa (Faninal)
1927 Parma Teatro Regio Turandot (Ping)
1928 Piacenza Teatro Municipale Manon (Lescaut)
1929 Lisbona Coliseo Recrejos Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1930 Milano Teatro alla Scala La Via Della Finestra di R. Zandonai (Marchese)


HMV, Milano 1929
Complete Madama Butterfly (Puccini): with Lionello Cecil and Margaret Sheridan

HMV, Milano 5-11-29
La Traviata (Verdi): Di Provenza 100-820 R10348

HMV, Milano 28-11-29
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): All’idea di quel metallo with Agostino Casavecchi CM1272 S10165
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Numero quindici with Agostino Casavecchi CM1273 S10165

Sep 22, 2015

André Allard (Baritone) (Paris, France 10. 03. 1874 - Paris, France ? 1938)

He studied singing at the Conservatoire de Paris and made his debut in 1897 at the Opéra National de Bordeaux

Chronology of some appearances

1900 London Covent Garden Carmen (Escamillo)
1900 London Covent Garden Faust (Valentin)
1902 London Covent Garden Manon (Lescaut)
1902 Paris Opera-Comique La Carmélite (Reynaldo Hahn) (Premiere)
1903 Paris Opera-Comique La Reine Fiammette (Xavier Leroux) (Premiere)
1904 Paris Opera-Comique La fille de Roland (H. Rabaud) (Premiere)
1906 Paris Opera-Comique Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) (Premiere)
1906 Paris Opera-Comique Aphrodite Camille Erlanger (Premiere)
1910 Paris Opera-Comique Léone (Samuel-Rousseau) (Premiere)
1911 Paris Théâtre Apollo Madame Favart
1911 Opéra de Monte-Carlo Don Quichotte (Sancho Panza)
1912 Opéra de Monte-Carlo La Damnation de Faust (Mephisto)
1912 Opéra de Monte-Carlo La Fanciulla del West (Sonora) (Premiere)
1913 Opéra de Monte-Carlo Traviata (Germont)
1913 Opéra de Monte-Carlo Pénélope (Gabriel Fauré) (Premiere)
1916 Paris Opera-Comique Les quatre journées A. Bruneau (Premiere)
1922 Paris Opera-Comique Les Noces Corinthiennes Henri Busser (Premiere)

Sep 6, 2015

Rudolf Bernhardt (Baritone) (Poland, Warsaw ? 1865 - Poland, Warsaw 1905 ?)


First he received his education in Vienna, where he studied singing under Grün and Berensfeld. Later he completed his studies in Berlin under M. Padilla and with Francesco Lamberti in Milano. He made his debut in Cremona as Renato in G. Verdi's ''Ballo in maschera'' (1889?). In 1890 he appeared at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw again as Renato in G. Verdis ''Ballo in maschera''. In the 1891-1892 season he performed at the Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Then he undertook a tours, which brought him to the German theaters, where he sang with much success. He came back again to Poland and appeared during the following years at the opera houses of Warsaw and Krakow. In 1897 he made guest appearances in Italian opera theaters, then came back again to Poland and in 1900 did the first Russian tour with successful appearances in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In Russia he mostly sang under the artistic name Rodolfo Bernardi. In 1903 he did the third, less successful Russian tour. In 1904 he is to be found for the last time at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. Probably he died the next year. Bernardi also made guest appearances in Berlin (1895), Budapest, His stage repertoire included Enrico in ''Lucia di Lammermoor'', Count di Luna in ''Trovatore'', Renato in ''Ballo in maschera'', Rigoletto, Germont in ''Traviata'',  Tonio in ''Pagliacci'', also Nevers in ''Huguenots'',  Valentin in ''Faust'' and Janusz in ''Halka''. Today he is totally forgotten.

Chronology of some appearances

1890 Warsaw Grand Theatre
1891 Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet
1892 Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet
1893 Milano La Scala
1895 Berlin
1900 Moscow Theatre Hermitage
1901 Moscow New Theatre
1901 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1902 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1903 Moscow Theatre Hermitage
1903 Moscow Bolshoi Theatre
1904 Warsaw Grand Theatre


Berliner, -1-02
Carmen (Bizet): Votre toast 22789 1945 B

Sep 2, 2015

Enrico Palmetto (Tenor) (Copenhagen, Denmark 1876 - Copenhagen, Denmark 1943)

His real name was Hartvig Mendel. He was born in Copenhagen of Spanish parents. He received his musical educationin Denmark and Paris . He was a concert singer, but episodically appeared also in opera performances. Only in   theUnited States he  gave a 600 concerts and recitals. He also made guest appearances in  Bahla, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Rhodesia, Belgium, Congo, Portugal, East Africa, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar.

Chronology of some appearances

1922 Sydney Fullers' New Theatre Pagliacci (Canio)


Columbia, New York 1915-06-21
Ak kæreste Hr Guldsmed (N W Gade) E2451 45798
Husker du i høst (Heise) E2451 45799

Columbia, New York 1915-06-22
Flyv, fugl, flyv (Hartmann) E2633 45812

Columbia, New York 1915-06-23
Sømandssang (Farvel) (Bechgaard) E2633 45817

Columbia, New York 1917-08?
Det er et yndigt land (Krøyer) E3551 58606
Kong Kristian stod ved højen mast (trad/Kuhlau) E3551 58607