Aug 4, 2015

Eugène Dathané (Baritone) (1880 ? - After 1948)

Probably he had a short career. His father, Lucien Dathané, was the conductor of the Theatre des bouffes du nord Bordeaux. He studied singing in Paris and made his debut at the Grand Opéra (1908). After WWI he settled at Biarritz and taught singing.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Paris Grand Opéra (Debut)
1909 Paris Grand Opéra Das Rheingold (Wotan)
1909 Paris Grand Opéra Faust (Valentin)
1909 Paris Grand Opéra Aida (Amonasro)
1909 Paris Grand Opéra Sigurd (Gunther)
1909 Paris Grand Opéra Thaïs  (Athanaël)
1909 Paris Grand Opéra Salammbo (Hamilcar)
1910 Paris Grand Opéra Das Rheingold (Wotan)


Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1907?
Crucifix (Faure) with Sardet 17927
Favorite (Donizetti): Pour tant d'amour 17968
Mule de Pedro (Massé): Ma mule qui chaque semaine 18007
L'angelus de la mer (Goublier) 17945

Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1908?
Noces de Jeannette (Massé): Margot, lève ton sabot 18084

Odeon, Paris 1908-06?
Messaline (de Lara): Elle m'avait pris (Grand air d'Harès) XX73517  xxP4126

Disque A Saphir, Paris
La Marseillaise 660 787
Le Chant du départ 676 787

Lise Charny (Contralto) (1890 - 1950)

She made her debut in 1910 at the Grand Opéra in Paris as Dalila in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ by Saint-Saëns. For many years she had a successful career in this opera house, where she appeared as Erda in ‘’Nibelungenring’’, Uta in ‘’Sigurd’’, the Queen in ‘’Hamlet’’, Magdalene in ‘’Meistersingers’’, Emilia in ‘’Otello’’, Amneris in ‘’Aida’’ and the title role in ‘’Hérodiade’’. Since 1919 she also performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Here she had as Carmen, Charlotte in ‘’Werther’’, Taven in ‘’Mireille’’ and as Marceline in ‘’L'Attaque du Moulin’’ a huge success.

Chronology of some appearances

1910 Paris Grand Opéra Samson et Dalila (Dalila)
1913 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie  
1916 Roma Teatro Costanzi Samson et Dalila (Dalila)
1919 Paris Opéra-Comique
1922 Paris Grand Opéra Les Noces Corinthiennes (-) (Premiere)
1923 Paris Grand Opéra Khovantchina (Marfa) (Premiere)
1924 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie  


Idéal, Paris 1913?
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix 6280

Pathé, Paris 1922? 
Werther (Massenet): Air de la lettre 0354 4750
Marie-Magdeleine (Massenet): C'est ici 0354 4751

Bernadette Delprat (Soprano) (Paris, France December 7, 1901 - Paris, France February, 1971)

She made her debut in 1931 as Tosca at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Probably she also appeared in operettas. Then she appeared in Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux. In the 1937-1945 seasons she was at the same time a member of the Grand Opéra in Paris, where she made her debut as Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’. She made guest appearances at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona and in the 1936-1937 season sang at the Covent Garden in London.

Chronology of some appearances

1931 Paris Opéra-Comique Tosca (Tosca)
1935-1938 Théatre de la Monnaie Brussels
1936 London Covent Garden Louise (Louise)
1937 London Covent Garden Les contes d'Hoffmann (Giulietta/Antonia)
1937-1945 Paris Grand Opéra Faust (Marguerite)
1943 Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Her repertoire included Countess in ‘’Nozze die Figaro’’, Donna Elvira, Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’, Cio-Cio-San in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’ and Salomé in ‘’Hérodiade’’.


Pathé, Paris 1932?
Vie Parisienne (Offenbach): Vous souvient-il 91008

Columbia, Paris 1933
Tosca (Puccini): Mario! Mario! Son qui Perche chiuso? with Georges Thill LFX315 CLX.1697
Tosca (Puccini): Duo Part 2 with Georges Thill LFX315 CLX.1698

Pathé, Paris 1935?
Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte CPT 1196 PD5
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Un bel d`vedremo CPT1197 PD5

Columbia, Paris
Les Chansons de Miarka (Georges): 1) La pluie, 2) Hymne au soleil RF75 CL5143
Les Chansons de Miarka (Georges): 3) L'eau qui court RF75 CL5144

Aug 3, 2015

Cécile Merguillier (Soprano) (Paris, France 1861 - Paris, France 1938)


She studied singing at the Conservatoire de Paris and in 1881 made her debut at the Opéra-Comique of Paris in ‘’Le Toréador’’ of Adolphe Adam. On 25. 5. 1887 she sang with great success the part of Philine in ‘’Mignon’’ at the Opéra-Comique. She was highly appreciated by the audience at the Opéra-Comique in 1885, when she appeared as Javotte in ‘’Le Roi l'a dit’’ of L. Delibes. Later she was active as vocal pedagogue in Paris.

Chronology of some appearances

1881-1888 Paris Opéra-Comique
1888-1903 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1895 Moscow Imperial Court Opera
1898 Vichy Opera


Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1905?
Philémon et Baucis (Gounod): Romance 17356
Philémon et Baucis (Gounod): Air 17357
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Valse 17361
Manon (Massenet): La séduction 17245 
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Air de Rosine 17285
Galathée (Massé): Air de la coupe 17338
Pardon de Ploërmel (Meyerbeer): Ombre légère 17355
Mireille (Gounod): Trahir Vincent 17251
Mireille (Gounod): Cavatine 17352
Mireille (Gounod): O Magali (w. Gluck) 17370
Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): Cavatine 17389
Sapho (Massenet): Scène de la séduction 17388
Domino Noir (Auber): Romance 17287
Hamlet (Thomas): Air de la folie 17237
Mignon (Thomas): Polonaise 17351

Aug 2, 2015

Lucia Fella (Soprano)

Probably she made her debut in 1924 at the Teatro Sociale in Mantova as Nannetta in ‘’Falstaff’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1924 Mantova Teatro Sociale Falstaff (Nannetta)
1925  Cairo Teatro Kedivhiale Amico Fritz (Suzel)
1926 Modena Teatro Municipale Mefistofele (Margherita)
1927 Venezia Teatro La Fenice Loreley (Hermann)
1928 Brescia Teatro Grande Carmen (Micaela)
1931 Bologna Teatro Duse Boheme (Musetta)
1932 Nice Palais Mediterranee Stagione


Gramophone, Milano 13- 6-25
Traviata (Verdi): Libiamo nei lieti calici with Aristodemo Giorgini 7-254167 R 5197

Aug 1, 2015

Stanisław Bogucki (Baritone) (Warsaw, Poland 16.03.1869 - Warsaw, Poland 11.04.1924)

He studied singing under j. Kotarbinski and W. Mil­ler in Poland. Additionally he perfected his vocal technique in Milan under Augusto Broggi and Victor Maurel. On 24. 03 1892 he made his debut at the Grand Theatre of Łódź as Don Gaetano in forgotten opera ‘’Serce i ręka’’. The same year he appeard in Lviv as an operetta singer. In 1901 he was engaged by the Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In 1894 he made guest appearances in Łódź, Piotrków and Przemyśl. In the 1897-1898 seasons he sang again at the Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet performing as Zuniga in ‘’Carmen’’ and Tonio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. On April 1 of 1902 he married the singer Rose Rapacką. In 1903 he went on a tour in St. Petersburg, then made his debut at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw as Tonio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. In the 1906-1907 season he sang and acted in Lviv as director of operettas. In 1907 he returned to Warsaw and became a professor of the Conservatory. In 1909, together with j. Puchniewski, he appeared as a guest in Kiev and the next year in Warsaw. In 1911 he took over the management of the opera troupe in the United States and directed there ‘’Halka’’ and ‘’Pagliacci’’. During World War I he stayed in Moscow and worked there as a professor of the Conservatry. Also performed in operas and gave a recitals. The singer also organized concerts in Siberia and Manchuria. After the war, he returned to Warsaw. On 19. 09. 1919 he performed at the Teatr Wielki in "Stara baśń". In 1921 he sang at the Opera in Krakow. In the 1921-1922 season he made guest appearances at the Warsaw Teatr Wielki and sang there the parts of Alfio in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ and Tonio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. In 1923 he opened in Warsaw a school for singing.

Chronology of some appearances

1892 Łódź Grand Theatre
1897-1898 Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet
1901 Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet
1903 Warsaw  Teatr Wielki
1919 Warsaw Teatr Wielki
1921 Krakow Opera
1921-1922 Warsaw Teatr Wielki


Favorite, Warsaw 1908?
Carmen (Bizet): Votre toast 1-75578 3111-o
Halka (Moniuszki): Polonez  1-75574 3107-o

Maria Wohlówna (Soprano) (? Poland ? - Tiflis, Georgia 1924)

She studied singing at the school of singing under Maria Sobolewskiej in Warsaw. As a concert singer she made her debut in 1908. The same year she sang as a guest in Berlin and later in London, where she spent several months learning singing. In 1909 she gave a recital at the Warsaw Philharmonic. After returning, she made her debut on may 5, 1910 at the Warsaw Government Theatre in the title part in Stanisław Moniuszko’s opera ‘’Hrabina’’. Then, for five seasons she was engaged by the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. In 1915 she went to Russia, then to Tiflis, where she appeared with great success several seasons. She was appreciated by the critics, for her unique voice and great technical skills. Her repertoire included Tatiana in ‘’Eugene Onegin’’, Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’, Cio-Cio-San in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’, Nedda in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’. She was married twice. First she married to Nikolai Lewicki, Director of the Warsaw Opera, for the second time with Georgian bacteriologist, Dr. Eljawę. During her stay in Tiflis, she was arrested and murdered in a local jail.

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Warsaw Philharmonic Concert
1910 Warsaw Government Theatre
1910-1915 Warsaw Teatr Wielki


Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d'arte 851 10825
Halka (Moniuszko): Jako od wichru 844 10815

Antonietta Grippa (Soprano)

She had a short career. Probably she made her debut in 1896 at the Teatro Sociale in Pinerolo as Leonora in ‘’Forza del destino’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Pinerolo Teatro Sociale Forza del destino (Leonora)
1898 Broni Teatro Sociale Forza del destino (Leonora)
1899 Pordenone Teatro Sociale Ernani (Elvira)
1900 Perugia Teatro Pavone Ernani (Elvira)
1901 Chioggia Teatro Garibaldi Attila (Odabella)

I wish to thank Mr. Escalais, the grandson of the great tenor, for providing me this record and the label.


Berliner, Milano 1900-08-01/02
Faust (Gounod): Tardi si fa with Carlo Caffetto 54084 943a

Nerina Baldisseri (Soprano) (Firenze, Italia 1890? - Milano, Italia 1977)

Between 1910 and 1930 she had a successful career. She was often to be heard in her hometown Florence. After the end of her stage career she lived in the Casa di riposo Verdi in Milan.

Chronology of some appearances

1913 Genova Carlo Felice
1914 Genova Carlo Felice
1916 Genova Politeama Genovese
1920 Lugano Kursaal Manon (Manon) 
1924 Firenze Lyceum Concert


Gramophone, Milano 1919-12
Amico Fritz (Mascagni): Suzel, buon dì with Beniamino Gigli  2-054107 VB46
Amico Fritz (Mascagni): Tutto tace with Beniamino Gigli  2-054108 VB46