Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nelly Martyl (Soprano) (1884 - 1953)

Born Nelly Adèle Anny Martin. She studied singing at the Conservatoire National de Paris under Martini and Isnardon. In 1906 she won a price and made her debut in 1907 at the Grand Opéra in Paris as Naiade in ‘’Armide’’ of Gluck. Then she sang there the part of Rafaële in ‘’Patrie’’ by Paladilhe and also appeared in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Catalane’’ of Le Borne (24. 5. 1907). In 1909 she joined to the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Here she sang many parts and performed also in several premieres.  In 1912 she participated there in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Sorcière’’ by Camille Erlanger (as Juana). Her repertoire included Rosenn in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’ of E. Lalo, Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’, Sophie in ‘’Werther’’ of J. Massenet, Fatima in ‘’Le Caïd’’ of A. Thomas, Laurette in ‘’Richard Coeur-de-Lion’’ of Grétry, Cupid in ‘’Orpheus’’ of Gluck and Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’. Beyond the French metropolis she appeared also in French provincial theaters and made guest appearances at the Opéra Monte-Carlo (among other things in 1922 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Amadis’’ of J. Massenet) and undertook a tour through Romania. Married the known painter Georges Scott Plagnolles (1873-1942).

Chronology of some appearances

1907 Paris  Grand Opéra
1909 Paris  Opéra-Comique


Gramophone, Paris  13-7-11
Mireille (Gounod): O Magali, ma bien-aimée with E. Tirmont 034106 01992v

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Niny Roussel (Soprano)

                                                                 with Yvonne Brothier

In 1920's she appeared with success at the Paris Opera-Comique.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Paris Opera-Comique Lakmé (Lakmé) with Miguel Villabella, Julien Lafont and Andre Goavec
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Le barbier de Séville  (Rosina) with Maurice Capitaine, M. Guenot, M. Bourbey and M. Vigneau
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Mireille (Mireille) with M. Farini, M. Vigneau and M. Guenot
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Carmen (Micaela) with M. Marcelin, M. Vigneau and Lyse Charny
1931 Paris Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique Ciboulette (Ciboulette) opérette by Robert dc Flers and Francis de Croisset


Pathé, Paris 1929?
Lakmé (Delibes): Air des clochettes 7176 N201650
Mireille (Gounod): Valse 7176 N201650

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Enzo Baccante (Baritone) (Sulmona 1887 - New York 1938)

Artist and opera singer-Baccante's opera career probably started with his debut in 1909 at Faraggiana of Novara as Zurga in Pescatori di Perle. Performances by Baccante in Italy were traced from 1909 to 1914 in smaller Italian houses. He served in the Italian Army during the First World War and in 1922 emigrated to the U.S., at that point concentrating on a career as an painter and sculptor. He subsequently occasionally appeared in concerts and on the radio in the U.S. but was mostly active and recognized as a painter. He died of heart disease.

Chronology of some appearances

1909  Novara Teatro Faraggiana Pescatori di Perle (Zurga)
1910  Vercelli Politeama Facchinetti Faust (Valentino)
1912  Cerignola Teatro Mercadante Pescatori di Perle (Zurga)
1914 Novara Teatro Coccia Orma di C. Viscardini

He made four published records


Fonotipia, Milano 1913-01-01

Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari) Bacio di lama Fonotipia 110373 xM 1805

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Madeleine Sibille (Paris, France February 25, 1895 – Paris, France July 19, 1984)

She studied under Engel in Paris and made her debut in 1919 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. For more than twenty years she remained a member of this opera house and had her most important success in dramatic repertoire. At the Opéra-Comique she appeared in several operatic premieres: ‘’Lorenzaccio’’ of Ernest Moret (19. 5. 1920),  ‘’L'Appel de la Mer’’ by Henri Rabaud (10. 4. 1924), ‘’Le pauvre matelot’’ of Darius Milhaud (16. 12. 1927), ‘’Le Peau de Chagrin’’ by Charles Lavadé (24. 4. 1929). In 1939 still there she appeared as the first dramatic soprano. Her repertoire included Santuzza in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, Charlotte in ‘’Werther’’ of  J. Massenet, Carmen, Margared in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’ of E. Lalo and Tosca. Later she taught singing in Paris.

Chronology of some appearances

1919-1939 Paris Opéra-Comique


Pathé, Paris 1926 - 1931
Tosca (Puccini): D'art et d'amour 0667 N201425-1-R
Roi d'Ys (Lalo): Air de Margared 7150 N201291-1
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Romance de Santuzza 7150 N201290-1
Thérèse (Massenet): Jour de juin 3411 N201971-A-1
Carmen (Bizet): Habanera 7133
Marche Lorraine (Ganne) 3454 N202410
Roi d'Ys (Lalo): Margared, ô ma soeur with Vallin 7233
Roi d'Ys (Lalo): En silence, pourquoi souffrir with Vallin 7233
Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): Barcarolle with Vallin 2622

Pathé, Paris 1932-07
Fille de Mme Angot (Lecocq): Jours fortunés with Ninon Vallin X90058 250286-MC1

Pathé, Paris 1932?
Bohème (Puccini): Quatuor, act 3 with Vallin, Villabella & Baugé X90056 N250274

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Adam Dobosz (Tenor) (Żyraków, Poland 3 VIII 1885 - Warsaw, Poland 20 XI 1952)

He was trained by Horbowski in Warsaw. In 1908 he excited the first sensation when he sang in Warsaw Tenor-solo in Stabat Mater by G. Rossini. The same year he debuted at the opera house of Cracow as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. In the 1909-1914 seasons he was a member of the Lwów (Lvov) Opera. In 1914 he joined to the National Opera in Warsaw, where he had a huge success and appeared here till 1939. On 19. 6. 1926 he sang there in the premiere of the opera ‘’Krol Roger’’ by Karol Szymanowski as shepherd. In 1941-44 he was engaged by the Miasta-Theater in Warsaw. His repertoire included Belmonte in ‘’Entführung aus dem Serail’’, Almaviva in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, José in ‘’Carmen’’, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Eleazar in ’’La Juive’’, Pinkerton in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’, Lenski in ’’Eugene Onegin’’ and De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’. He was active as professor of vocal in Warsaw. Married the operetta singer Walerie Markowska.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Cracow Opera 
1909-1914 Lwów Opera
1914-1939 Warsaw National Opera
1941-1944 Warsaw Miasta-Theater


Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovksy) Więc gdzie, więc gdzie

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Roman Hübner (Tenor) (Mělník, north of Prague, Czech Republic Nov. 21st, 1891 - Prague, Czech Republic June 30th, 1964)

First he studied singing privately in Prague under Václav Viktorin, then continued his education with professor Ulanovského. He went to Italy and perfected his vocal technique under Piccoli in Milan. From 1921 to 1938 he was a soloist, then also a director of Slovak National Theater in Bratislava. He excelled particularly in operas by Verdi and Puccini. During the occupation, he worked in the Prague radio. In the 1945-1947 seasons he appeared as soloist and Director of the Opera Theater in Liberec. Then he worked as vocal teacher in Prague.

Chronology of some appearances

1921-1938 Bratislava Slovak National Theater
1945-1947 Opera Theater in Liberec


Composer: Smetana, Work: Dalibor: Arie - O Zdenku

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Salvatore Salvati (Tenor) (Naples, Italy 1885 - Olten, Switzerland 1959)

He made his debut in 1908 at Caserta (near Naples) as Almaviva in ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’. Then he had a significant career in Italian stages and appeared also in South America, among other things at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 1925 he guested at La Scala, Milan as Florindo in ‘’Le Donne curiose’’ of E. Wolf- Ferrari. He lived later in Switzerland where he appeared at the Municipal Theatre of Basel, but also in Zurich and in Bern as a guest. He was the founder of the Salvati-Vocal quartet (with Leni Neuenschwander, Paula Koelliker and Karl Theo Wagner) which gave concerts in numerous European towns. Approximately in 1930 he finished his stage career, but in 1941 again appeared on the stage (Municipal Theatre of Bern). Later He became a singing teacher first at the Salzburg Mozarteum, then at the Basel Conservatory.

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Napoli Chiesa Cimitero Requiem di G. Morgini
1909 Prato Teatro Metastasio Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1911 Vicenza Teatro Eretenio Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1913 Genova  Politeama Genovese  Don Pasquale (Ernesto)
1917 Malta Teatro Reale Pescatori di Perle (Nadir)
1920 Lecco Teatro Sociale Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1924 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1929 Milano Teatro Lirico  Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1943 Bologna Teatro Comunale La Passione Secondo Matteo di J. S. Bach


Gramophone, Milano 1911-07-29
Otello (Verdi): Questa e una ragna with Vittorio De Goetzen and Antonio Paoli 54451 1291ah
Otello (Verdi): Vieni, l'aula è deserta with Vittorio De Goetzen and Antonio Paoli 054330 356ai

Gramophone, Milano 1913-02-19
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Cercherò lontana terra 2-52840 2660ah
Don Pasquale (Donizetti): Sogno soave e casto 2-52841 2661ah
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Numero quindici with Paolo Ferretti 54475 2662ah

Victor, USA 1913-03-08
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti):  Verranno a te with Malvina Pereira 68454

Fonotipia, Milano 1926-10-28
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): All'idea di quel metallo with Fabio Ronchi  120010 XXPh 5807
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Numero quindici with Fabio Ronchi 120011 XXPh 5808

Tri-Ergon, Berlin 1929-1930
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah!, si ben mio TE 10018 2725
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba Te 10019 2732
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): No pagliaccio non son TE 10019 2733
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella TE 20001 2728
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile TE 20001 2731
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle TE 20002 2730
Tosca (Puccini):  Recondita armonia  TE 20002 2729
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso TE 10030 3239
Aida (Verdi): Se quel guerrier io fossi...Celeste Aida TE 10030 3240
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima TE10031 3228
Favorita (Donizetti): Spirto gentil TE10031 3244

Artiphon, Berlin 1929-1930
Mignon (Thomas): Addio Mignon  08236 8236
Traviata (Verdi):  Brindisi  08239 8239

O sole mio (Di Capua) Nr. T 9165
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): O Colombina  M9135
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba  M9136
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle M9129
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia M9130
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si, ben mio MD9172
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso MD9171
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 9124
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella 9124

Deutsche Buch Gemeinschaft
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 3014  3239
Aida (Verdi): Se quel guerrier io fossi...Celeste Aida 3014 3240

Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina 2724 22
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si ben mio 2725 22

Carmen (Bizet): Il fior 7375 30
Marechiare (Tosti) 7427 30
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida 3240 12

Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile  4021 2731
Rigoletto (Verdi): Questa o quella  4021 2728

Phonycord Flexible
Favorita (Donizetti): Una vergine un angiol di dio  151 8235
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni):  Brindisi 151 8241

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