Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 23, 2017

César Vercher (Tenor) (Valencia, Spain Mar. 9, 1884 - Valencia, Spain Dec. 25, 1966)

His full name is César Vercher Adán. He studied singing at the Conservatoire in Valencia and made his debut at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid in E. Arrieta's ''Marina'' (1907?). He appeared with success in Italy, Portugal and Spain. In Italy he appeared as Cesare Vercher. He made a few records for Gramophone. 

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Palmanova Teatro Gustavo Modena Rigoletto (Duca)
1910 Livorno  Politeama Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1910 Sampierdarena  Teatro Gustavo Modena Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Boheme (Rodolfo)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Traviata (Alfredo)
1913 Valencia  Teatro Principal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1913 Valencia  Teatro Principal Rigoletto (Duca)
1913 Barcellona Teatro Novedades Boheme (Rodolfo)
1914 Madrid Teatro Apollo Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1914 Oviedo Teatro Campoamor  Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1914 Oviedo Teatro Campoamor Rigoletto (Duca)


HMV, Spain 29-11-11
Composer: Mazza, Work: El Maestro Campanone: Aria de Alberto, A3 Mazza, con coro 0262028 417 aj

Odeon, Spain 1922
Composer: Pablo Luna, Work: Los cadetes de la reina (Luna): Dúo de la carta Luna with Ernesto Hervas 68913

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Sep 14, 2017

Solange Delmas (Nîmes, France 1897 - Eze, France 1990)

Her real name was Jane Trosserin. she studied singing at the Conservatoire National in Paris. already in 1924 she appeared at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo as Boy Yniold in ’’Pelléas et Mélisande’’ and as Javotte in ‘’Manon’’ of J. Massenet. Later she sang there parts of Manon (1932) and Olympia in ‘’Les contes d'Hoffmann’’. In 1934 she made her debut at  the Grand Opéra in Paris as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’ and then sang there the part of Queen of the night in ‘’Die Zauberflöte’’, Constance in ‘’Entführung aus dem Serail’’, Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’, the title role in 'Lakmé', Juliette in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ and had a special success in 1938 as Ophélie in ‘’Hamlet’’. In 1937 she made her debut at the Opéra-Comique in Paris as Rosina in ‘’Il Barbieri di Siviglia’’ and appeared there also as Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’,  Mireille and as Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’. In 1953 she retired from the stage. Then she became a president of the Conservatoire in Nice.

Chronology of some appearances

1924 Opéra de Monte-Carlo Pelléas et Mélisande (Boy Yniold)
1934 Paris Grand Opéra Rigoletto (Gilda)
1937 Paris Opéra-Comique Il Barbieri di Siviglia (Rosina)


Odeon, Paris  1930-06-20
Manon (Massenet): J'ecris a mon pere with Charles Friant 123706 xxP 7090
Manon (Massenet): Vous aimer with Charles Friant 123706 xxP 7091

HMV, Paris 1934
Don Juan (Mozart): Viens, une voix with André Pernet Gramophone DA 4850

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Henri Albers (Baritone) (Amsterdam 1866 – Paris 1925)

He was at first an actor. After some appearances in operettas he made his opera debut in 1886 with the role of Méphistophéles (‘’Faust’’ Gounod) at  Hollandsche Opera company of  De Groot. Here he sang in 1889 in the premiere of 'Brinio' (Simon van Milligen). After 1890 guest appearances in Europa and later in America(Metropolitan Opera). From 1899 to his dead he joined the Opera Comique in Paris, where he sang the title role in the premiere of ‘’Macbeth’’ (E Bloch). He specialised above all to the French repertory. Debuted (1889) in Amsterdam as Gounod's Méphistophélès (‘Faust’’). He toured the U.S.with Jean de Reszke, Nellie Melba, and Emma Calvé before appearing with the Metropolitan Opera in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ as Mercutio (1898). Albers remained with the Metropolitan for one season and then returned to Europewhere he made his mark on the French stages. He appeared frequently at the Opéra-Comique, Covent Garden, and at the Monnaie in Brussels. Seen here as Scarpia.

Chronology of some appearances

1886 Hollandsche Opera company
1889 Hollandsche Opera company
1899 Paris Opera Comique