Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 7, 2016

Alexander Sved (Alessandro De Sved) (Baritone) (Budapest 28. 5. 1906 † Vienna 9. 6. 1979)

First he received his education as violinist at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Then he studied singing under Fritz Feinhals in Berlin. Later he went to Milano and perfected his vocal technique with Mario Sammarco and Riccardo Stracciari. He made his debut in 1928 at the National Opera of Budapest as count di Luna in ‘’Il Trovatore’’. 

Chronology of some appearances

1928 Budapest National Opera Il Trovatore (count di Luna/Debut)
1935-1939 Vienna State Opera House
1936 London Covent Garden Rigoletto (Rigoletto)
1936 London Covent Garden Aida (Amonasro)
1936 London Covent Garden Tosca (Scarpia)
1938 Vienna State Opera House Aida (Amonasro)
1940-1950 Metropolitan Opera Ballo in maschera (Renato/Debut)
1958 Vienna State Opera House


Decca, 1936-05-29 
Masked ball (Verdi): Du allein hast das Herz mir entwendet CA 8265 377B

HMV, Milano 1940
Macbeth (Verdi): Pietà, rispetto, amore DB5366 2BA3928
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Resta immobile DB5366 2BA3929


  1. Sved does NOT deserve to have been forgotten. I just heard on Sirius Rradio the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday afternoon broadcast of "Un Ballo in Maschera," of 12/14/1940, with Sved as Renato. He was spectacular. It makes one thirst for more recordings of this "forgotten" artist. And for more information about his life.

  2. I am also listening to that recording, and Sved is amazing! I had never heard of him before!

  3. Sved was younger than Lawrence Tibbett and older than Leonard Warren, and the time he sang at the Metropolitan Opera (1940-50) intersected with those of the two Titans of American baritones. Like so many of his fellow Hungarians before and after, he became a Vienna State Opera recruit and made the company his home base in the later 1930s with notable engagements in London, La Scala and Berlin. Shortly before and during WW2 the western hemisphere became his home base, and he made his Met debut on opening night of 1940, a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera (which was mothballed since 1916) with Bjoerling and Milanov, all of whom would star in the shortly subsequent legendary pirate broadcast