Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 18, 2016

Theodore Ritch (Odessa, Ukraine 1894 – Auschwitz, Poland 1943)

He made his debut in Russia in 1917. In 1927 he was a member of the Russian Opera in Paris created by Maria  Kusnetsova. In 1928 he appeared at Grand Opera as Damitri in ‘’Boris Godunov’’. In 1929 he made his debut at the Buenos Aires Teatro Colon and then went to London to perform  at  Lyceum Theater in ‘’Sadko’’. In Chicago in 1929-30 he sang Leopold in ‘’La Juive’’ with Rosa Raisa, Charles Marshall, and Alexander Kipnis. He also sang the King of the Fools in ‘’Louise’’ with Mary Garden, Rene Maison, Maria Claessens, and Vanni Marcoux. The following season (1930–31) he sang Ramon in ‘’La Navarraise’’, Gaston in ‘’Camille’’ by Hamilton Forrest with Garden and Charles Hackett, and also Cassio in ‘’Otello’’ with Marshall, Claudia Muzio, and Vanni-Marcoux. In 1932 he sang at Roma Opera the part of Vladimir in ‘’Prince Igor’’. He retired in Paris, where he appears to have evaded the rafle du Vél' d'hiv in July 1942, but was arrested in 1943 and sent to Drancy. He died on a train headed for a concentration camp, presumably Auschwitz, in Poland.

Chronology of some appearances

1927 Paris Russian Opera
1928 Paris Grand Opera
1929 Buenos Aires Teatro Colon
1929 London Lyceum Theater
1929 Chicago Opera
1930 Chicago Opera
1931 Chicago Opera
1932 Roma Opera


Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle D1590 A5508
Manon (Massenet): Instant charmant...En ferment les yeux D1590 A5523

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