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May 30, 2015

Maurice Renaud (Baritone) (Bordeaux, France 1861 † Paris, France 1933)





His real name was Maurice Croneau. He studied singing at the Conservatoire de Paris, then under Dupont and Gevaert in Brussels. He made his debut in 1884 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and belonged to the ensemble of this opera house till 1890.
Here he appeared in the premieres of the operas:
1884 ‘’Sigurd’’ (Ernest Reyer)
1886 ‘’Les Templiers’’ (Henry Charles Litolff)
1890 ‘’Salammbô’’ (Ernest Reyer)
1890 ‘’Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’’ (Richard Wagner)
1890 he was engaged by the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where he sang in 1891 the part of Nelusco in G. Meyerbeer’s ‘’Africaine’’, then Karnac in ‘’Le roi d'Ys’’ of E. Lalo. Till 1902 he had in this opera houses a huge success. At the Grand Opéra he appeared in the following opera premieres:
1893 ‘’Deidamia’’ (Henri Maréchal)
1894 ‘’Djelma’’ (Charles Lefebvre)
1895 ‘’La Montagne Noire’’ (Augusta Holmès)
1895 ‘’Tannhäuser’’ (Richard Wagner)
1897 ‘’Lohengrin’’ (Richard Wagner)
1897 ‘’Der Ring des Nibelungen’’ (Richard Wagner)
1897 ‘’Messidor’’ (A. Bruneau)
1900 ‘’Lancelot’’ (F. L. R. Joncières)
1903 ‘’La damnation de Faust’’ (Hector Berlioz)
He made successful guest appearances in Milano (La Scala), London (Covent Garden, 1897-1904), St. Petersburg (Court Opera, 1889), Berlin (Court Opera, 1907), Brussels and Monte Carlo.
In North America already in 1893 he sang at the Opera in New Orleans.
His other appearances in opera premieres included:
1898 London Covent Garden ‘’Henri VIII’’ (C. Saint-Saëns)
1899 London Covent Garden ‘’Messaline’’ (Isidore De Lara).
18. 2. 1902 Opéra de Monte-Carlo ‘’Le jongleur de Notre-Dame’’ (J. Massenet)
1904 London Covent Garden ‘’Hérodiade’’ (English première).
14. 2. 1905 Opéra de Monte-Carlo ‘’Chérubin’’ (J. Massenet)
18. 3. 1905 Opéra de Monte-Carlo ‘’Amica’’ (P. Mascangni)
9. 11. 1905 Genoa Teatro Politeama ‘’Mademoiselle de Belle-Isle’’ (Spiro Samara)
24.6.1906 Opéra de Monte-Carlo ‘’Ancêtre’’ (C. Saint-Saëns)
1906 Paris Théâtre Nouveau ‘’Le clown’’ ( Isaac de Camondo)
2. 2. 1907 Opéra de Monte-Carlo ‘’Naïs Micculin’’ (A. Bruneau).
In the 1906-1910 seasons he had a huge success at the Manhattan Opera House in New York, where he made his debut as Rigoletto and appeared among other things in the American première of J. Massenet’s ‘’Thaïs’’ (1907). In 1909 he sang in this opera house in the première of J. Massenet’s ‘’Hérodiade’’ as Herodes. In the 1910-1912 seasons he was a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Here he made his debut as Rigoletto opposite Nellie Melba in the part of Gilda. He made guest appearances in North America, also in Chicago and Boston. In 1912 he came back to France and retired from the stage in Paris, where he appeared in 1919 again together with Mary Garden in the opera ‘’Cléopâtre’’ of J. Massenet. Around 1920 he appeared in French silent film. He was active in Paris as a vocal pedagogue.

Chronology of some appearances

Athanaël 11/24/1908, Boniface 12/3/1908, Coppélius 12/10/1908, Dr. Miracle 12/10/1908, Dapertutto 12/10/1908, Il barone Scarpia 2/2/1909, Rigoletto 2/18/1909, Il barone Scarpia 2/27/1909, Rigoletto 3/20/1909, Hérode 11/11/1909, Coppélius 12/31/1909, Dr. Miracle 12/31/1909, Dapertutto 12/31/1909, Coppélius 1/18/1910, Dr. Miracle 1/18/1910, Dapertutto 1/18/1910, Athanaël 1/25/1910, Dapertutto 3/26/1910, Hérode 3/26/1910, Athanaël 1/21/1911, 1/24/1911, Coppélius 2/4/1911, Dr. Miracle 2/4/1911, Dapertutto 2/4/1911, Coppélius 2/14/1911, Dr. Miracle 2/14/1911, Dapertutto 2/14/1911, Coppélius 2/20/1911, Dr. Miracle 2/20/1911, Dapertutto 2/20/1911, Rigoletto 2/24/1911, Boniface 3/6/1911, Il barone Scarpia 3/8/1911, Coppélius 3/10/1911, Dr. Miracle 3/10/1911, Dapertutto 3/10/1911, Boniface 3/14/1911, Nero 3/25/1911, Boniface 3/30/1911, Escamillo 2/13/1912, Coppélius / Dr. Miracle / Dapertutto 2/16/1912, Athanaël 2/21/1912, Le grand-prêtre de Dagon 2/26/1912, Boniface 2/27/1912, 2/28/1912, Coppélius 3/6/1912, Dapertutto 3/6/1912, Dr. Miracle 3/6/1912, Athanaël 3/12/1912 (Filadelfia)

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G&T, Paris 1901
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Jadis quand tu luttas 32078 713G
Le soir (Gounod) 32082 717G
Roi de Lahore (Massenet): Promesse de mon avenir (72) 32081 716G

G&T, London 1902
Carmen (Bizet): Air du Toréador 2-2705 2111b
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Romance de l'étoile 2-2702 2113b
Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Sérénade 2-2713 2112b 
Noël Païen (Massenet) 2-2704 2116b 

G&T, Paris 1906
Fliegende Holländer (Wagner): Du temps passé 032039 5715p
Plaisir d'amour (Martini) 032046 5801p
Le rondel de l'adieu (de Lara) 3-32669 5716o



















Alexander Griff (Bass) (Tbilisi, Georgia 1887 - Zagreb, Croatia 1962)



First he studied singing at the Warsaw Conservatory, then under Edouard De Reszke. He made his debut in Warsaw as Marcina in ‘’Verbum nobile’’ of S. Moniuszko. In 1913 he went to Paris, to perfect his vocal technique. He appeared in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon, Sofia, Prague, Italy, Mexico City and in South America (Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo). In the 1925-1927 seasons he sang at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, from 1927 to 1930 he was a member of the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. His repertoire included Don Basilio in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Mephisto in ‘’Faust’’, Fiesco in ‘’Simon Boccanegra’’, King Heinrich in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Pogner in ‘’Meistersingern’’, Pimen in ‘’Boris Godunov’’ and many other parts. His sister was the famous contralto Marta Pospisvil-Griff.

Chronology of some appearances

1925-1927 Zagreb Croatian National Theatre
1927-1930 Warsaw Teatr Wielki

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Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky): Canzone di Varlaam Z. 1153

Maria Minazzi (Soprano)

                                                           
                                                                Nanetta

 Mimi

Chronology of some appearances

1938 Parma Teatro Regio  Mefistofele (Margherita)
1943 Florence Teatro Comunale Falstaff (Nanetta)
1944 Milano Teatro Lirico Concert

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La Rondine (Puccini): Che il bel sogno di Doretta  RO30004
Manon (Massenet): Adieu notre petite table RO30004

Alexander Binicki (Tenor) (Belgrad, Serbia 1885 - Zagreb, Croatia 1963)




He studied singing at the Musical Academy of Munich. Since 1910  he appeared in Belgrad, from 1911 in Zagreb. His repertoire included Goro in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’, Don Basilio in ‘’Nozze di Figaro’’, Floridor in ‘’ Mademoiselle Nitush’’ and Vashek in ‘’ Prodana nevesta’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1910 Belgrad Opera
1911 Zagreb Opera


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Gaćice djevice orleanske (Kuplet) Z. 1226

May 29, 2015

Marko Vuscovic (Vucovic) (Baritone) (Supetar, Brac, Croatia 1877 - Zagreb, Croatia 1960)


                                                                Escamillo

                                                                Rigoletto

                                                                 Scarpia

He studied singing at the conservatoire in Split and made his debut in 1904 as Mephisto in ‘’Faust’’, as a member of the Czech opera troupe, which appeared in Split. Then he went to Vienna and perfected his vocal technique under J. Gänsbacher and in Berlin with Lilli Lehmann. In the 1905-1906 season he appeared at the Stadttheater of Troppau (Opava). In the 1906-1908 season he sang at the Stadttheater in Wurzburg. In  the 1909-1913 seasons he was active at the Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb (Agram). In the 1914-1921 seasons he was a member of the Volksoper in Vienna. In the 1921-1925 seasons he agan appeared at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. Later he worked there as director and vocal pedagogue. So significant singers like tenor Tino Pattiera and soprano Daniza Ilitsch belonged to his pupils. In 1907 he guested at the Stadttheater of Bern (Switzerland), then sang also in Berlin, Prague and Zurich. In 1921 he undertook a South America tour. His extensive repertoire included Don Giovanni, Nelusco in ‘’L'Africaine’’, Nilakantha in ‘’Lakmé’’, Telramund in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Wotan, Boris Godunov, Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’ and Scarpia in ‘’Tosca’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Split Opera
1905-1906 Troppau Stadttheater
1906-1908 Wurzburg Stadttheater
1907 Bern Stadttheater
1909-1913 Zagreb Croatian National Theatre
1914-1921 Vienna Volksoper
1921 South America tour
1921-1925 Zagreb Croatian National Theatre

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Romanza (Zrinski) z. 1084

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Oganj (Bersa):Aria 212017

Ugo Donarelli (Baritone) (Italy 1890 ? - ?)


Probably he made his debut in Italy. He had an important career in Italian provincial theatres. In 1920 he made a guest appearance in Monte Carlo as Manfredo in L'Amore dei Tre Re with Lucrezia Bori, Benjamino  Gigli and Vanni-Marcoux and also as Marcello and Silvio.  He sang at Teatro Colón in Manon and Madame Butterfly with Juanita Carracciolo and Ferdinando Ciniselli.  In 1920 he appeared in Rio de Janeiro and in 1924 sang with an Italian opera group in London.

Chronology of some appearances

1920 Opéra de Monte-Carlo
1920 Buenos Aires Teatro Colón
1920 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal
1924 London Concert ?

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Faust (Berlioz)  Serenata 1112
Otello (Verdi): Credo 1111
Faust (Berlioz) Aria delle rosa 1112 9414















Stanisław Orzelski (Stanislaus Orzelski) (Tenor) (Wloclawek, Poland 1873 - Cestochowa, Poland 1950)



His real name was Jan Donajski. He studied singing in his hometown under J. Szczepkowski and made his debut in the 1894-1895 season, as a member of the J. Myszkowski’s Touring Theater. In  the 1896-1900 seasons he was engaged by the Lwów Opera. In 1901 he performed in Ljubljana and Zagreb, then joined to Opera House in Prague. Since 1907 he was a soloist of the Court Opera of Budapest, where he remained till 1910. He made successful guest appearances in Belgrade (1903), Warsaw (1911), Prague (1913), Hamburg and Milan. His career ended during the First World War. His repertire included Faust, Lohengrin, Jontek in ‘’Halka’’, Lenski in ‘’Eugene Onegin’’, Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, Grabiec in ‘’Goplana’’ and many other parts.

Chronology of some appearances

1896-1900 Lwów Opera
1903 Belgrade Opera
1907 Budapest Court Opera
1911 Warsaw Opera
1913 Prague National Theater

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G&T, Zagreb 1905?
Baron Trenk (Albini): Nastup Trenka 6-12415