Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 28, 2016

Adamo Gregoretti (Baritone)


Chronology of some appearances

1893 Roma Teatro Costanzi Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio)
1895 Roma Teatro Costanzi Traviata (Germont)
1897 Roma Teatro Costanzi Gioconda (Barnaba)
1897 Lucca Del Giglio Aida (Amonasro)
1897 Baku Nazionale Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1898 Il Cairo Khediviale Boheme (Marcello)
1898 Baku Nazionale Andrea Chenier (Gerard) 
1898 Baku Nazionale Aida (Amonasro)
1898 Baku Nazionale Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1898 Batum Nazionale Andrea Chenier (Gerard) 
1898 Roma Adriano Aida (Amonasro)
1898 Kotais Nazionale Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1899 Alessandria d'Egitto Boheme (Marcello)
1900 Odessa  Municipale Aida (Amonasro)
1900 Odessa  Municipale Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1900 Piacenza  Municipale  Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1900 Orvieto  Civico Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1901 Firenze Pagliano Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1901 Pisa Verdi Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1901 Buenos Ayres Politeama Argentino Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1901 Montevideo  Solis Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1901 Rosario di Santa Fè  Olimpo Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1901 Buenos Ayres  Politeama Argentino  Boheme (Marcello)
1901 Montevideo Politeama  Boheme (Marcello)     
1903 Bari  Petruzzelli Aida (Amonasro) 
1903 Bari  Petruzzelli Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1903 San Francisco  Tivoli Opera House Aida (Amonasro) 
1903 San Francisco  Tivoli Opera House Andrea Chenier (Gerard)
1903 San Francisco  Tivoli Opera House Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1904 Palermo Biondo Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1903 Torino Carignano Aida (Amonasro)
1905 Oporto S. Joao Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)  
1906 Bucarest  Nazionale Aida (Amonasro)
1906 Bucarest  Nazionale Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
1906 Bucarest Nazionale Boheme (Marcello)
1906 Milano Dal Verme Andrea Chenier (Gerard)

Adamo Gregoretti never made records

Martin Kremer (Tenor) (March 23, 1898 - Geisenheim am Rhein, Germany - February 19, 1971 - Prien am Chiemsee, Germany)


He was trained by W. Fuhr in Wiesbaden and continued his education with legendary tenor Giuseppe Borgatti in Milan. He made his debut in 1924 at the Staatstheater in Kassel, where he appeared till 1927. In the 1927-1929 seasons he sang at the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden and in 1929 joined to the Staatsoper in Dresden. Here he performed in several opera premieres of Richard Strauss: ‘’Arabella’’ (1. 7. 1933, as Matteo), "Die schweigsame Frau" (24. 6. 1935, as Henry), ‘’Daphne’’ (15.10.1938, as Leukippos). He was engaged by the Dresden Opera from 1929 to 1940 and then sang in the 1940-1943 seasons at the Theater des Volkes in Berlin. At the same time he was a member of the Deutschen Theater in Oslo (1941-1944). In the 1948-1956 seasons he appeared at the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden. Here for the last time he appeared in 1956 as Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, but still guested till 1960 at smaller German theaters. His repertoire included Tamino, Don Ottavio in ‘’Don Giovanni’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Hoffmann in ''Les Contes d'Hoffmann'', King's son in Humperdinck’s "Königskindern", Sally in "Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe" by  H. Sutermeister, Tambourmajor in "Wozzeck", composer in "Jonny spielt auf" of Ernst Krenek and other parts. The many-sided gifted singer had a huge success in his operetta parts.

Chronology of some appearances

1924-1927 Kassel Staatstheater
1926 Kassel Opera "Orpheus und Eurydike" (Orpheus) (Premiere) by Ernst Krenek
1927-1929 Wiesbaden Staatstheater
1928 Wiesbaden Staatstheater "Madonna Imperia" by F. Alfano (Premiere)
1930 Dresden Opera "Lord Spleen" by Mark Lothar (Premiere)
1931 Amsterdam Opera "Meistersingern" (David)
1932 Dresden Opera "Mr. Wu" by E. d'Albert
1933 Berlin Staatsoper
1933 Dresen Opera "Münchhausen" by Mark Lothar (Premiere)
1934 London Covent Garden ‘’Arabella’’ (English Premiere)
1935 Zoppot festival "Meistersingern" (David)
1935 Barcelona Teatro Liceo
1935 Dresden Opera "Der Günstling" by R.Wagner-Régeny
1936 Dresden Opera "Der verlorene Sohn" by R. Heger (Premiere)
1937 Wien Staatsoper
1938 Dresden Opera "Die Wirtin von Pinsk" by Richard Mohaupt (Premiere)
1938 Bayreuth festival "Meistersingern" (David)
1939 Bayreuth festival "Rheingold" (Froh)
1939 Wien Staatsoper
1939 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1929-1940 Dresden Staatsoper
1940-1943 Berlin Theater des Volkes
1943 Berlin Theater des Volkes "Der liebe Augustin" by Josef Rixner
1941-1944 Oslo Deutschen Theater
1942 Wien Volksoper
1948-1956 Wiesbaden Staatstheater


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Ihr tanzt? Was werden die Meister sagen? DB4678 2RA3070
Wenn die kleinen Veilchen blühen: Melodienfolge (Stolz) Teil 1 EH807 62-1008
Wenn die kleinen Veilchen blühen: Melodienfolge (Stolz)  Teil 2 EH807 62-1009?
Martha (Flotow): Ach so fromm 2015 1069

Jul 26, 2016

Reiner Minten (Tenor) (1901, † 18. 9. 1958 Hannover)


                                                                     Margarete Bäumer

He made his debut at the Opernhaus in Düsseldorf (1921-1922). In the 1922-1923 season he sang at the Stadttheater in Bielefeld, in the 1923-1924 season at the  Stadttheater of Mönchengladbach, from 1924 to 1925 at the Staatstheater in Oldenburg, in the 1925-1927 seasons at the Stadttheater in Münster and from 1927 to 1930 at the Stadttheater in Dortmund. He continued his career at the Opernhaus in Leipzig (1930-1933) and at the Landestheater in Schwerin (1933-1937) and in 1937 he was engaged by the  Opernhaus in Hannover. Here he worked till 1950 as a popular singer. His stage repertoire included De Grieux in ''Manon Lescaut'', Canio in ''Pagliacci'', Alvaro in ''La forza del destino'', Radames in ''Aida'', Eleazar in ''La Juive'', Samson in ''Samson et Delila'',  Hüon in ''Oberon'' Erik in "Fliegenden Holländer", Tristan in ''Tristan und Isolde'', Siegmund and Siegfried in Nibelungenring, Herodes in ''Salome'' and Otello.

Chronology of some appearances

1921-1922 Düsseldorf Opernhaus
1922-1923 Bielefeld Stadttheater
1923-1924 Mönchengladbach Stadttheater
1924-1925 Oldenburg  Staatstheater
1925-1927 Münster Stadttheater
1927-1930 Dortmund Stadttheater
1930-1933 Leipzig  Opernhaus
1933-1937 Schwerin Landestheater
1937-1950 Hannover Opernhaus

Siegfried (Wagner): Heil dir, Sonne with Margarete Bäumer  P9555-I  21742
Siegfried (Wagner): Heil dir, Sonne Pt II with Margarete Bäumer  P9555-II  21743
Siegfried (Wagner): So berühre mich nicht with Margarete Bäumer P9556-I 21744
Siegfried (Wagner): Ob ich jetzt dein? with Margarete Bäumer P9556-II 21745

Jul 25, 2016

Amador Famadas (Tenor) (Girona, 1889 – Barcelona, 1962)

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Barcelona Les Arenes Aida (Radames) (Debut)
1914 Bologna Teatro Comunale Africana (Vasco)
1916 Parma Teatro Regio Aida (Radames)
1916 Roma Teatro Costanzi Carmen (Don Jose)
1917 Roma Teatro Costanzi Huémac (Huémac)
1917 Roma Teatro Costanzi Carmen (Don Jose)
1917 Roma Teatro Costanzi La fanciulla del West (Dick Johnson)
1917 Roma Teatro Costanzi Aida (Radames)
1923 Parma Politeama Reinach Pagliacci (Canio)
1931 Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu Carmen (Don Jose)

Amador Famadas never made records

Giovanni Peirani (Tenor) (Rivoli/Torino 1868 - Santiago del Cile 1901)

He died suddenly.

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Colorno  Teatro Sociale Trovatore (Manrico) (Debut)
1896 Como Teatro Sociale Forza del destino (Don Alvaro)
1897 La Valletta/Malta Teatro Reale  Ballo in maschera (Riccardo)
1898 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Aida (Radames)
1899 Odessa Teatro Municipale Profeta (Johannes)
1900 Siviglia  Teatro San Ferdiando Otello (Otello)
1901 Lisbona Coliseo Recrejos Aida (Radames)

Giovanni Peirani never made records

Klara Brun-Kamionska (Soprano) (Smila, Ukraine 1. 12. 1876 - Kiev, Ukraine 25. 10. 1959)


                                                                 with Oscar Kamionsky

From 1894 to 1899 she studied singing at the Vienna Konservatorium. In 1903 and 1913 she went for further studies to Italy and became a pupil of C. Rossi. In 1899 she made her debut as Leonora in G. Verdi's ''Il Trovatore'' at the Opera House in Nikolayev. She appeared with success also in France and Germany. Her repertoire included Amelia in ''Ballo in maschera'', Aida, Desdemona in ''Otello'', Valentina in ''Gli Ugonotti'', Tosca, Brünnhilde in ''Walküre''. Since 1926 she taught singing. From 1929 to 1934 she was active as pedagogue at the Technical School of Music in Kiev. From 1941 to 1944 she worked in Baku. From 1934 to 1952 she became a known vocal pedagogue at the Kiev Conservatory. Married the famous baritone Oscar Kamionsky.

Chronology of some appearances

1899 Nikolayev Opera House
1900 Nizjni Novgorod
1900 Baku 
1901 Kazan
1901 St. Petersburg Arkadia Theater 
1902 Kiev
1902 Odessa
1904 St. Petersburg  Conservatory Theater
1905 Kazan
1905 St. Petersburg New Opera
1906 Irkutsk
1907 Moscow S. Zimin's Opera
1909 Japan
1913 Rostov-on-Don
1913 Kharkov


Gramophone, Kiev 03
Gorniye vershiny Op 48 No 5 (Rubinstein) Wanderers Nachtlied with Oscar Kamionsky 24346 1648z

Pathé, St Petersburg 1911
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Là ci darem la mano with Oscar Kamionsky 21122

Luigi Innocenti (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Catania Teatro Nazionale Faust (Faust)
1899 Intra Civico Boheme (Rodolfo)
1899 Malta Reale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1899 Malta Reale Carmen (Don Jose)
1899 Malta Reale Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1899 Suzzara Sociale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1899 Roma Teatro Costanzi Wally (Giuseppe Hagenbach)
1899 Roma Teatro Costanzi Iris (cenciaiolo)
1899 Roma Teatro Costanzi Gioconda (Enzo)
1899 Roma Teatro Costanzi Le villi (Roberto)
1900 Ancona Vittorio Emanuele Boheme (Rodolfo)
1900 Roma Teatro Costanzi Boheme (Parpignol)
1900 Roma Teatro Costanzi Traviata (Alfredo)
1900 Roma Teatro Costanzi Saffo (Gianni Gaussin)
1900 Verona Ristori Carmen (Don Jose)
1900 Verona Ristori Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1900 Badia Polesine  Politeama Piana Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1901 Rio de Janeiro Lirico Boheme (Rodolfo)
1901 Rio de Janeiro Lirico Carmen (Don Jose)
1901 Rio de Janeiro Lirico  Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1901 Rio de Janeiro Lirico  Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1901 San Paolo Santana Boheme (Rodolfo)
1901 San Paolo Santana Carmen (Don Jose)
1901 San Paolo Santana Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1901 Warsaw Imperial Carmen (Don Jose)
1902 Santiago del Cile Municipal Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1903 Firenze Della Pergola Boheme (Rodolfo)
1904 Barcellona Liceo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1904 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Carmen (Don Jose)
1905 Alessandria Finzi Carmen (Don Jose)
1906 Milano Dal Verme  Carmen (Don Jose)
1906 Torino Vittorio Emanuele Carmen (Don Jose)

Luigi Innocenti never made records


Giacomo Arnò (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

1893 Casale Monferrato Sociale Loreley (Walter)
1898 Monferrato Sociale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1898 Foligno Piermarini Boheme (Rodolfo)   

Giacomo Arnò never made records

Amedeo Albanese (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Sofia Alhambra Rigoletto (Duca)
1897 Zara Comunale  Boheme (Rodolfo)
1898 Genova Politeama Genovese Boheme (Rodolfo)

Amedeo Albanese never made records

Antonio Castigliano (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Torino Teatro Regio Luisa (rigattiere/1°guardia)
1924 Torino Teatro Regio Boris Godunov (Missail)
1924 Torino Teatro Regio La Fanciulla del West (Harry)
1924 Torino Teatro Regio Giulietta e Romeo (Bernabò)
1925 Torino Teatro Regio Il gallo d'oro (principe Gvidon)
1925 Torino Teatro Regio Nerone  (tempiere)
1925 Torino Teatro Regio Marouf (1°mercante)
1925 Torino Teatro Regio Don Pasquale (notaro)
1926 Torino Teatro Regio La cena delle beffe (Lapo)
1926 Torino Teatro Regio Il Trovatore (Ruiz)
1945 Torino Teatro Lirico Mefistofele (Nereo)
1946 Torino Teatro Lirico Boris Godunov (boiardo/Mitjuscia)
1947 Torino  Teatro Carignano Il segreto di Susanna  (Guiccio)
1947 Torino  Teatro Carignano Fedora (Sergio)

Antonio Castigliano never made records

Enrico Goiri (Tenor)


Chronology of some appearances

1905 Vicenza Eretenio Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1905 Vicenza Eretenio Pagliacci (Canio)
1905 Milano Lirico Pagliacci (Canio)
1906 Barcelona Bosque Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1906 Barcelona Bosque Pagliacci (Canio)
1906 Las Palmas Perez Galdos Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)  
1906 Las Palmas Perez Galdos Pagliacci (Canio)
1906 Las Palmas Perez Galdos Tosca (Cavaradossi) 
1906 Barcelona Bosque Aida (Radames)
1906 Barcelona Bosque Boheme (Rodolfo)
1906 Las Palmas Principal Aida (Radames)
1906 Porto Maurizio Cavour Boheme (Rodolfo)
1906 Ventimiglia  Politeama Sociale Boheme (Rodolfo)

Enrico Goiri never made records

Jul 24, 2016

Georges Cathelat (Tenor) (Paris, France 13. Febr. 1904 - Paris, France ?)

Originally he wanted to become an organist and studied at the Conservatoire National de Paris. During his military service he trained his voice at the conservatoire of Nantes and continued this education in the Paris Conservatoire. In 1931 he became a member of the Opéra-Comique. Here he appeared in 1934 for the first time as Pelléas in C. Debussy's ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’, his special star role. He limited himself in the future by a few parts and the Pelléas remained the central role of his artistic career. In 1938 he sang this role at the San Francisco Opera as well as in other American towns. In 1935 he guested as Pelléas in Amsterdam, in 1948 in Lausanne. In 1939 he was called up for the war service in the French army, but was given time off, for a glittering performance of ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’ in 1940 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. After his retirement he lived in Paris.

Chronology of some appearances

1931 Paris Opéra-Comique
1938 San Francisco Opera



Salabert, Paris
Faust (Gounod): Cavatine, pt 1  3231 SS1209A
Faust (Gounod): Cavatine, pt 2 3231 SS1210B

Marguerite Soyer (Soprano) (Paris, France 1891 - ? 1973)

She studied singing at the Conservatoire de Paris and made her debut at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (1922/1923).

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Francesca da Rimini (Francesca) (Premiere)
1925 Paris Opéra-Comique Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)
1926 Paris Opéra-Comique Francesca da Rimini (Francesca) (Premiere)
1926 Paris Opéra-Comique Tosca (Tosca)
1929 Paris Opéra-Comique Tristan und Isolde (Isolde)
1930 Opéra d'Alger Tosca (Tosca)
1934 Opera de Lyon Lohengrin (Ortrude)
1934 Opera de Lyon Otello (Desdemona)


HMV, Paris 14-3-29
Tristan et Yseult (Wagner): La mort d'Yseult, pt 1 2-33087 P807
Tristan et Yseult (Wagner): La mort d'Yseult, pt 2 2-33088 P807

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Luisa Tozzi (Soprano)

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Salerno Teatro Comunale Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1899 Mazara del Vallo Teatro Garibaldi  Traviata (Violetta)
1902 Campi Bisenzio Teatro Dante Ernani (Elvira)
1904 Catania Politeama Pacini Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
1909 Bournemouth Teatro Royal Ballo in maschera (Amelia)
1911 Manila Teatro Zorillo Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)


Phonodisc, Milano 1909/1910
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Esulti pur la barbara with Giacomo Dammacco 370 

Jul 23, 2016

Oana Mariggi (Soprano)

Chronology of some appearances

1924 Palermo  Politeama Garibaldi Carmen (Micaela)
1924 Palermo  Politeama Garibaldi Boheme (Mimi)

She made 4 records, which are extremely rare.


Fonotipia, Milano  1926-05-15
Carmen (Bizet): Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante 152740 Pho 5803
Traviata (VerdI): Ah, fors'è lui che l'anima 152742 Pho 5802

Jul 18, 2016

Emma Juch (Soprano) (Vienna, Austria 4. 7. 1863 † New York City, USA 6. 3. 1939)

She was born  Emma Antonia Joanna Juch Wellman. She received her education by Mme Murio-Celli in Detroit and made her debut in 1881 as a member of the Mapleson opera troupe at the Her Majesty's Theatre in London as Philine in "Mignon" of A. Thomas.  The same year she sang at the New York Academy of Music. In 1884-1887 she was a member of the Theodore Thomas’s Opera Company. In the 1887-1888 season she travelled with the National Opera Company in the USA. From 1888 to 1891 she undertook guest performance tours with own traveling opera company ‘’The Juch Grand Opera Company’’, through the United States and through Mexico. Later she was active as concert soprano and for the last time she sang at the New York singer's party (1894). In 1905 she married the lawyer Francis L. Wellman from whom later she separated. Chronology of some appearances - Jemmy 1/10/1882, Marguerite de Valois 1/12/1882, Philine 1/16/1882, Lady Harriet Durham 1/17/1882, Erster Knabe 1/19/1882, Euridice 4/26/1886, Elsa von Brabant 4/29/1886, Marguerite 11/15/1886, Euridice 11/16/1886, Senta 11/19/1886, Marguerite 1/22/1887, Chrysa 11/07/1887, Elsa von Brabant 11/09/1887, Marguerite 11/11/1887, 2/04/1888, 10/21/1889, Carmen 10/23/1889, Mignon 10/25/1889, Carmen 5/05/1890, Mignon 5/07/1890, Marguerite 5/09/1890, Arline 5/10/1890, Elsa von Brabant 11/10/1890, Selika 11/12/1890, Senta 11/13/1890, Arline 11/15/1890, Santuzza 11/23/1891, Gilda 11/24/1891, Marguerite 11/26/1891, Elisabeth 11/27/1891, Arline 11/28/1891 (in Filadelfia) Judah, Catherine Ruth 11/30/1942, Little Buttercup 12/1/1942, Katisha 12/2/1942, Queen of (Filadelfia) the fairies 12/2/1942, The duchess of Plaza-Toro 12/3/1942, The lady (Filadelfia) Jane 12/4/1942, Katisha 11/15/1943, Little Buttercup 11/17/1943, Ruth (Filadelfia) 11/20/1943 (Filadelfia).

In 1904 she made five records for Victor.

1881 London Her Majesty's Theatre
1884-1887 Theodore Thomas’s Opera Company
1887-1888 National Opera Company
1888-1891 The Juch Grand Opera Company


Victor, New York 1904-05-07
Messiah (Händel): Come unto Him 81046 B1291
Lohengrin (Wagner): Einsam in trüben Tagen 85033 C1293
Serenata (Tosti) 85034 C1294