Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Nov 13, 2015

Eric Marshall (Baritone) (March 1891, Kensington, London, England - July 8, 1961, Westminster, London, England, UK)

His real name was Eric David Marks. He was a nephew of the known French conductor and operatic composer André Messager (1853-1929). He was active in the 19th county of London regiment as an officer. Then he trained his voice under Jean de Reszke in Paris. In 1921 he undertook an England tour together with the famous prima donna Luisa Tetrazzini. As an opera singer he appeared during several seasons at the Covent Garden in London under sir Thomas Beecham. It is possible that he appeared at Italian opera theaters under the artistic name Silvio Sideli. Beside his activity on the stage he had a significant career at the concert hall. He made made guest appearances in England, Paris and Berlin. At London he was also to be heard in musical Comedies, among other things in 1926 in ‘’The Cat and the Fiddle’’. He recorded some early acoustic recordings for Vocalion, mostly songs, but also opera arias in Italian and French. On Vocalion he sang several songs written by Guy d'Hardelot. A baritone Silvio Sideli also recorded, the same sangs of Guy d'Hardelot in Italy for the Vocalion. On the other hand, in 1921, a baritone called Silvio Sideli made records for Columbia in Italy.

Chronology of some appearances

1920's England, Paris and Berlin


Vocalion, London 1922-11?
Nozze di Figaro (Mozart): Non più andrai C-01085 02994

HMV, London 1925-02-26 (ac)
Du bist wie eine Blume (Schumann) E380 (7-42091)
Die Lotosblume (Schumann) E380 (7-42090) 

HMV, London 1926-12-30
The heart's secret (Rachmaninov) E455 (6-2746)
In the silent night (Rachmaninov) E455 (6-2747)

No comments:

Post a Comment