Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 16, 2016

Erica Darbo (Soprano) (Oslo, Norway 22. 05. 1891 - ?)

Her real surname was Michelsen. She was trained by Ellen Gulbranson and Mme Charles Cahier. In 1913 she made her debut in Oslo as Pamina in ‘’Zauberflöte’’. Then she appeared as a concert singer and opera singer in different Scandinavian towns and was engaged in the 1919-1921 seasons by the Komische Oper  in Oslo. After appearing in the USA she was engaged in the 1927-1928 season by the Stadttheater in Kiel. In the 1928-1934 seasons she sang at the Opera House in Breslau and from 1934-1935 she was active at the Stadttheater of Dortmund. Her repertoire included Carmen, Tosca, Magda in ‘’La Rondine’’, Aida, Lady Macbeth in ‘’Macbeth’’, Salome, Octavian in ‘’Rosenkavalier’’, Martha in ‘’Tiefland’’, Kundry in ‘’Parsifal’’. At the beginning of 1930’s mostly she appeared at the concert hall.

Chronology of some appearances

1913 Oslo Opera
1919-1921 Oslo Komische Oper
1927-1928 Kiel Stadttheater
1928-1934 Breslau Opera House
1934-1935 Dortmund Stadttheater


Gramophone, Kristiania 1914-11-14
Gri-Gri (Lincke): Papa og Gri-Gri with Wingar 284272 6312ae

Gramophone, Kristiania 1914-11-18
Gri-Gri (Lincke): In my harem (Berlin) 283317 6374ae

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