Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 1, 2016

Hedwig [Hedi] Francillo-Kaufmann (Soprano) (Vienna: 20 [30] Sep 1878 - Rio de Janeiro: 5 Apr 1948)

She was trained by Franzi Müller and Emilie Dorr in Vienna, then by Aglaja von Orgeni in Dresden and maestro Rosario in Milan. She made her debut in 1898 at the Stadttheater in Stettin. In the 1899-1902 seasons at the Hoftheater in Wiesbaden, then in the 1902-1903 season she sang at the Hofoper of Munich. In the 1903-1905 seasons she appeared at the Berlin Hofoper. In the 1905-1907 seasons she had a huge success at the Komische Oper in Berlin. In the 1907-08 season she was engaged by the Hofoper in Berlin; she joined in 1908 to the Hofoper in Wien, where she was active till 1912. In the 1912-1917 seasons she worked at  the Opernhaus of Hamburg. Since 1917 she made guest appearances performances in Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, London and Munich and South America. In 1927 she retired from the stage and lived in Berlin, then in Vienna. After the Second World War she married the Brazilian consul and led the family name de Sanza Gunnaraez. 

Chronology of some appearances

1898 Stettin Stadttheater
1899-1902  Wiesbaden Hoftheater
1902-1903 Munich Hofoper
1903-1905 Berlin Hofoper
1905-1907 Berlin Komische Oper
1907-1908 Berlin Hofoper
1908-1912 Wien Hofoper
1912-1917 Hamburg Opernhaus


Black G&T, Wien 1908-09/10
Rigoletto (Verdi): Teurer Name 2-43176 13810u
Lakmé (Delibes): Glöckchenarie 2-43177 13821u
Parla! Valzer (Arditi) 53555 13812u
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Frag' ich mein, pt 1 2-43211 13824u
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): O glücklich Land 2-43210 13811u
Fille du Régiment (Donizetti): Ach, unsonst denkt ihr 2-43195 13807u
Manon (Massenet): Nützet die schönen Jugendtage (Gavotte) 2-43196 13822u

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