Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 31, 2016

Leonid Zinovieff (Litva, Vilnius 1876 - Belgrade, Serbia 1927)



The real name of this totally forgotten tenor is Lev Gips and he was born to a jewish family. He studied singing in Odessa, later perfected his vocal technique in Italy. Then appeared with great success in Kiev, Irkutsk (1906-1907), Kharkov (1907), Madrid, Italy (1910) and USA (1919). In the 1921-1926 seasons he was a soloist of the Belgrade Opera. Among his best roles were Radames in ''Aida'' and Eleasar in ''La Juive''.

Chronology of some appearances

 1910 Torino Teatro Regio Erodiade (Giovanni Battista)
1910 Torino Teatro Regio Edmea (Oberto)
1919 USA Brooklyn Academy of Music Aida (Radames)


The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky): Forgive me, celestial creature 317
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle 318
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell'amore with
Fainberg-Gorskaya, Burskaya and Polyaev 605

Jan 20, 2016

Francisco Latorre (Baritone) (Alicante 1900 - ? 15. 5. 1970)


He made his debut on 08.  31. 1923 at the Teatro Apolo in Madrid as Figaro in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’. In 1931 he made his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid singing in ‘’Traviata’’, ‘’Favorita’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’ and ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Madrid Teatro Apolo Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1931 Madrid Teatro Real Traviata (Germont)


Miss Guindalera (Guererro): Schottisch with Selica Perez Carpio LK 4044

La Bejarana (Serrano): Rondalla de los quintos 153080 SO 3355

Jan 17, 2016

Rosario Aracil (Soprano) (Alcoy, Alicante 22 1 1884 - Madrid 1962)

She studied singing in Milan and made her debut at the Teatro Liceo de Barcelona as Margherita in ''Faust'' (1910). Her repertoire included Tosca, Santuzza in ''Cavalleria Rusticana'', Aida, Amelia in ''Ballo in maschera'' etc. She participated also in zarzuelas and appeared in the premiere of Manuel Penella Moreno's opereta ''Privolina'' in Madrid.

Chronology of appearance

1910 Madrid Teatro Liceo Faust (Margherita)

Jan 16, 2016

Alice Zeppilli (Soprano) (Menton, France 28 August 1885 – Pieve di Cento, Italy 14 September 1969)


She studied singing in Milan under Elettra Callery-Viviani and made her debut  at the Teatro Lirico in Milano as Stella in the world premiere of Giacomo Orefice's ‘’Chopin’’ (1901). She retired from the stage in 1926. Later she taught singing in New York and Monte Carlo. Her the most famous pupil was Lily Pons.

Chronolgoy of some appearances

1901 Milano Teatro Lirico Chopin (Stella)
1904-1919 Monte Carlo Opera Rigoletto (Gilda)
1903 Venezia Teatro La Fenice Cendrillon (Cinderella)
1907 Parma Teatro Regio Germania (Jebbel)
1907 Parma Teatro Regio Loreley (Anna)
1907 London Covent Garden Boheme (Musetta)
1907 London Covent Garden Andrea Chenier (Bersi)
1907-1910 New York Manhattan Opera Les contes d'Hoffmann (Olympia)
1908-1910 Philadelphia Opera Carmen (Micaela)
1909-1910 Paris Opera-Comique Lakme (Lakme)
1910-1914 Chicago Opera
1914 London Covent Garden Ballo in maschera (Oscar)
1917-1918 Roma Teatro Costanzi
1919 Napoli San Carlo


Columbia, New York 1912-03-14 
Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): Les oiseaux dans la charmille A1213 19806