Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 5, 2018

Erik Ole Bye (Baritone) (Drammen, Norway 20 March 1883 – Oslo, Norway 17 May 1953)

He began his education with Morgenstierne in Oslo, then continued under zur Muhlen in London and completed his studies with R. Wiliani in Paris. Additionally he perfected his vocal also in Italy and Germany. In 1913 he made his debut as an opera singer at the National Opera in Oslo as Don Basilio in ‘’Il Barbiere di Sivigilia’’, later he changed to baritone. In the 1914-1917 seasons he was engaged by the Opera House in Wroclaw (beginning part: Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’). In 1917 he made his debut at the Opéra Comique in Paris. In November 1918 he sang the role of the High Priest in Camille Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila for the opening of the new opera house in Oslo. In 1921 he went to North America, where he appeared as an opera singer and sang till 1932, then he came back again in his Norwegian native country.

Chronology of some appearances

1913 Oslo National Opera Barbiere di Sivigilia (Don Basilio)
1914-1917 Wroclaw Opera House Aida (Amonasro)
1917 Paris Opéra Comique
1921-1932 North America


Gramophone, Kristiania 1915-07-08
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prologen 082096 304z

Gramophone, Kristiania 1915-07-09
Faust (Gounod): Valentins bøn (Avant de quitter) 082097 307z

Gramophone, Kristiania 1919-08-12
Trovatore (Verdi): Solens glans paa himlens høie 7-82055 5875ak 

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