La Boheme (Giacomo Puccini) Premiere, 1 February 1896. Cesira Ferrani (Mimi) and Evan Gorga (Rodolfo)

Oct 19, 2014

Marcos Redondo (Baritone) (Pozoblanco, Córdoba 1893 - Barcelona 1976)

He studied song and composition at the Madrid Royal Conservatory and then sang as an opera singer not only in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), Cuba and Mexico, but also in Italy and Paris. He had probably his biggest success at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona. On 23. 3. 1923 at the Teatro San Fernando in Sevilla in the premiere (in concert form) of Manuel de Falla’s ‘’Il Retablo de Maese Pedro’’, under the management of the composer, he created the role of Don Quichotte. Then he devoted himself almost exclusively to the Zarzuela appearances and attained an extraordinary popularity in this area. Last he lived in Barcelona.

Chronology of appearance

1923 Sevilla Teatro San Fernando Il Retablo de Maese Pedro (Don Quichotte)


Odeon, Spain
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prólogo 121020 XXS 4694

Conchita Velasquez (Velázquez) (Mezzo-Soprano) (1899 ? - 1974 ?)

Her real name was Concepción Rodriguez. She made her debut in 1925 at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona and sang there during the following years roles like Carmen,  Amneris in ''Aida'',  Leonora in G. Donizetti's ''La Favorita'' and Azucena in ''Il Trovatore''. Guest performances in Madrid, Lisbon and in other Spanish towns let her name become known. In 1929 she went to Italy, where she appeared in Ancona, Bologna, Ravenna and Cremona. At the Opera House in Rome she performed in G. Bizet's ''Carmen''. Also at the Opera House in Nice she was to be heard as a guest. In 1937 she sang for a season at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; here she appeared in ''Rigoletto'', ''Falstaff'', ''Hansel and Gretel'' and in the premiere of the opera ''Lucretia'' of Guastalla. In 1937 she gave in Germany guest performances at the Municipal Theatres of Bremen and Augsburg. In Spain she was a very much popular Zarzuela singer and her voice was compared with the voice of Conchita Supervia. Beside her work as a singer she was also estimated as a painter and introduced her paintings on several exhibits. 

Chronology of some appearances

1925 Barcelona Teatro Liceo
1937 Buenos Aires Teatro Colón


Columbia, Milano
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Una voce poco fa D12301 2394
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Io son docile D12301 2396

Oct 18, 2014

Maria Laurenti (Soprano) (Rome 1904 - Rome ?)

Probably she made her debut in 1925 at the Teatro Carcano in Milano. She married the tenor Silvio Costa Lo Giudice (1896-1982). In 1928 she sang at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli in the premiere of the opera ‘’Giuliano’’ of R. Zandonai. In 1936 she appeared at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milano as Vivetta in ‘’L'Arlesiana’’ by F. Cilea and as Elisetta in ‘’Il matrimonio segreto’’ of D. Cimarosa. In 1937 she undertook together with her husband a tour through Holland. In 1942 she performed at the Teatro Alla Scala in L. Cherubini's '' Le Due Giornate''. She still appeared after the World War II and in 1951 made guest appearance in Paris.

Chronology of some appearances

1925 Milano Teatro Carcano
1928 Napoli Teatro San Carlo
1936 Milano Teatro Alla Scala
1942 Milano Teatro Alla Scala


Columbia, Milano 1928
Bohème (Puccini): Donde lieta D12594 WB2013
Bohème (Puccini): Sono andati D12594 WB2014
Mefistofele (Boito): L'altra notte D14717 WBX299

Oct 15, 2014

Maurice Dutreix (Tenor) (Paris 1884 – Paris 1932)

He studied at the Paris Conservatoire and made his debut in 1912 at the Paris Grand Opéra as Lansmoor in ''Fervaal'' of V. d'Indy. In 1914 he appeared at the Grand Opéra in the première of  R. Wagner's ''Parsifal''. Till 1925 he had in this opera house a significant career. His repertoire included roles like the Duke in ''Rigoletto'', Jean in ''Hérodiade'' of  J. Massenet, Lohengrin, Radames in ''Aida'' and the Dimitri in ''Boris Godunov'' of M. Mussorgsky. At the Grand Opéra he sang in 1928 in the premiere of Gian Francesco Malipiero's ''Sept Chansons''. He made guest appearances in 1924 at the Opera House of Monte Carlo as Nicias in ''Thaïs'' of  J. Massenet, Hoffmann in ''Hoffmanns Erzählungen'', Faust of Gounod and as Samson in ''Samson et of Dalila'' of Saint-Saëns, in 1926 again as  Nicias and  Dimitri in ''Boris Godunov''.

Chronology of some appearances

1912-1928 Paris Grand Opéra


Opéra, Paris 191?
Faust (Gounod): Salut, demeure 1043

Odeon, Paris 1914?
Faust (Gounod): Mais ce Dieu P1 with Payan 111750 XP 6257
Faust (Gounod): P2 with Payan 111751 XP 6258

Gramophone, Paris 1919-10-31
Noël (Adam) with Calvet & Cerdan 034204 W350

Gramophone, Paris 1924-11-26
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Vois ma misère, hélas P524 4-32619
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Dieu nous confiait P524 4-32620

Gramophone, Paris 1924-12-11
Faust (Gounod): Ainsi que la brise légère with Berthon and chorus W703 034276

Gramophone, Paris 1925-02-11
Faust (Gounod): Oui, c'est toi je t'aime with Berthon W704 034278
Faust (Gounod) Anges purs with Berthon and Tubiana W704 034279
Faust (Gounod): Le jour va luire with Berthon & Tubiana W703 034277

Oct 12, 2014

Filippo Santagostino (Tenor) (Barcellona 1895 - ? 1963)

His real name was Felipe San Agustín. Probably he made his debut at the Teatro Mastroieni in Messina as Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Messina Teatro Mastroieni Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1925 Roma Teatro dell'Opera Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1927 Venezia Teatro La Fenice Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1929 Napoli  Teatro Bellini Carmen (Don Jose)
1932 Catania Anfiteatro Gangi Traviata (Alfredo)


Odeon, Spain 1930's
El dúo de La Africana (Caballero): Amigas mías y compañeros with Cora Raga XXS 5608 121184
El dúo de La Africana (Caballero): Dúo de Antonelli y Giusepini with Cora Raga XXS 5609 121184

Oct 7, 2014

Arturo Pessina (Baritone)



He was a pupil of Ferretti in Genoa. In 1881 at the Teatro Doria in Genoa he made his debut as Enrico in Donizetti’s ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’. After additional training with M.Gazzaniga he sang in 1883 at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan in the opera ‘’I Promessi sposi’’ of Errico Petrella. In 1884 he sang there among other things in ‘’La Favorita’’ of Donizetti and in Verdi’s ‘’Ballo in maschera’’. A tour followed through Brazil, Argentina and Peru. In 1886 he was to be foun dat the Teatro Argentina in Rome, in 1889 again at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan as Rigoletto. Appearances followed in Bologna, at the Teatro Fenice in Venice and at the Teatro Regio in Turin (1890-1891). In the 1891-1892 season he was engaged by the Teatro Alla Scala; here he sang on 20. 1. 1892 in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Wally’’ of Catalani. In the 1892-1893 season he appeared there as Rigoletto, Enrico in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’ and as Germont in ‘’La Traviata’’. In 1893 he sang at the Teatro Grande in Brescia in Verdi’s ‘’Falstaff’’, in 1894 and 1897 he performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, in 1897 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. In the 1894-1895 season he guested at the Covent Garden in London and sang, besides, the title role in the English première of Verdi’s ‘’'Falstaff’’. By the end of his career he became a respectable Wagner's interpreter. Thus he appeared as Hans Sachs in "Meistersingern", first in 1899 at the Teatro Fenice in Venice, then at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. In 1901 he appeared at the Teatro Costanzi in one of six concurrent premieres of Mascagni’s ‘’Le Maschere’’ (17. 1. 1901). In 1910 he sang for the last time on the stage. He was active later as a singing teacher in Turin; one of his pupils was known bass Tancredi Pasero. He never made records.

Chronology of some appearances

1881 Genoa Teatro Doria
1883 Milan Teatro Dal Verme
1886  Rome Teatro Argentina
1889  Milan Teatro Dal Verme
1890 Turin Teatro Regio
1891 Milan Teatro Alla Scala

Oct 5, 2014

Giovanni Rambaldi (Tenor) (Asti 1874 - Asti? 1953)


From 1891-94 he studied singing under the pedagogue Leonida Boschini and in 1894 made his debut at the Opera House in Casale Monferrato as Alfredo in ''La Traviata''. He appeard during of his career at the leading Italian opera houses, however, had probably his biggest success in South America, in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Mexico where he was to be found almost annually. Climaxes in his stage repertoire were the tenor roles in the operas of Verdi, Puccini, Ponchielli and Giordano, in ''Ruy Blas'' of Marchetti,  ''Cavalleria Rusticana'' of Mascagni, ''Mignon'' of A. Thomas and in ''Saffo'' of Pacini. In 1906 he substituted at the Teatro Argentina in Rome for the ill tenor Edoardo Garbin as  Lohengrin and had a great success. Last he lived as a pedagogue in his hometown Asti. He never made records.

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Casale Monferrato Opera House Alfredo (La Traviata)
1906 Rome Teatro Argentina Lohengrin (Lohengrin)