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

Jan 26, 2015

Emile Blaimont (Tenor) (1890 - 1949)

Probably he made his debut in Gand. He retired from the stage in 1930's.

Cronology of some appearances

1921-1922 Gand Opera
1924-1925 Gand Opera
1925 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Samson et Dalila
1925 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie La Favorite
1926 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Gwendoline
1926 Strasbourg
1930 Besançon
1931 Toulouse
1931 Bordeaux


Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Air de la Meule: Vois ma misère hélàs 1569 J.M 420
Samson et Dalila: Air de la Meule (Saint-Saëns): Frères votre chant douleureux 1569 J.M 421
Le Trouvère (Verdi): Supplice infâme 1805 J.M 424
Werther (Massenet): Pourquoi me réveiller? 1187 C-5099

Jan 25, 2015

Arthur Descamps (Tenor) ( Paturages, Belgium 1882 - Paturages, Belgium 1948)

First he was a pupil of Achille Tondeur in Mons, then studied singing under Adolphe Maréchal in Lüttich. During the First World War he made his debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie. Here his repertoire included Rodolfo in ''La Bohème'', Cavaradossi in ''Tosca'', Duca in ''Rigoletto'', Alfredo in ''La Traviata'', Werther, Faust, Romeo in  ''Roméo et Juliette'', Jean in ''Hérodiade'' and José in ''Carmen''. In the 1919-1921 and 1925-1927 seasons he was a member of the Royal Opera in Antwerp. From 1921 to 1924 he appeared at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. In this opera house he sang among other things in the premières of the operas ''Gianni Schicchi'' of  G. Puccini (1922) and ''La vida breve'' by de Falla (1923). From 1920 to 1934 he gave numerous guest performances and concerts in Marseille, VichyStrasbourg and North Africa. In last decade of his career he devoted himself to the appearances in R. Wagner's operas (Tristan, Tannhäuser and Parsifal).

Chronology of some appearances

1919-1921 Antwerp Royal Opera
1921-1924 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1925-1927 Antwerp Royal Opera


Polydor, 1927
L'Africaine (Meyerbeer): O Paradis F22071

Anton Sistermans (Baritone) (b ’s-Hertogenbosch 1865 - The Hague 1926)

He started singing as a choir boy in his native city of ’s-Hertogenbosch. He completed his studies with Julius Stockhausen in Frankfurt. In 1889 he made his debut in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Strasburg. Since then he has rapidly built an international career as an oratorio and Lieder singer, especially in Germany and Austria. In Berlin, 1896, he sang in the first performance of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in its orchestral version, the composer conducting. Later in that same year he gave the first performance of Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge in Vienna. Eugen d’Albert and Hans Pfitzner are among the composers for whom Sistermans was an important Lieder interpreter. His operatic career has been restricted to few performances: at the Bayreuther Festspiele of 1899 (as Gurnemanz in Parsifal en Pogner in Die Meistersinger), and in later years in the Netherlands (including Titurel in Parsifal, Amsterdam 1919, and Tommaso in D’Albert’s Tiefland, Den Haag 1923). After residence in Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Berlin (where he taught at the Klindworth-Scharwenka-Konservatorium), Sistermans has returned to the Netherlands in 1919. Since then he has taught at the Haagsch Conservatorium of Siegfried Blaauw, and conducted a church choir in Rotterdam.

Chronology of some appearances

1899 Bayreuth Festival Parsifal (Gurnemanz)
1899 Bayreuth Festival Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Pogner)
1919 Amsterdam Opera Parsifal (Titurel)
1923 Hague Tiefland (Tommaso)


G&T, Berlin 1904
Traum durch die Dämmerung (R Strauss) 2-42880 1885L

Lina Tomezzoli (Soprano)

She studied singing in Verona under the pedagogue Gelgich and made her debut in 1906 at the Teatro Sociale in Salò as Cieca in ‘’Gioconda’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Salò Teatro Sociale Gioconda (Cieca)
1908 Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Andrea Chenier (Contessa/Madelon)
1909 Malta  Teatro Reale Adriana Lecouvreur (Principessa)
1910 Torino Politeama Chiarella Lohengrin (Ortruda)


Favorite, 1907
Carmen (Bizet): E' l'amor 1-36010
Carmen (Bizet): La su su la montagna with Aristide Molteni 1-39030 

Paul Goffin (Tenor) (Tamines, Belgique 1885 - Tamines, Belgique 1947)

Probably he made his debut in Belgium, then went to France and with success appeared at the Paris Grand Opéra.

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Paris Grand Opéra Faust
1919 Paris Grand Opéra Roméo et Juliette
1920 Paris Grand Opéra Goyescas
1921 Paris Grand Opéra Ascanio
1921 Paris Grand Opéra Aida
1921 Paris Grand Opéra Rigoletto
1922 Paris Grand Opéra 1922 Henry VIII
1922 Paris Grand Opéra Die Walküre
1922 Paris Grand Opéra Lohengrin
1922 Paris Grand Opéra Hérodiade
1923 Paris Grand Opéra Kovanshchina



Pathé, Paris 1920/1921
Faust (Gounod): Cavatine 0309
Hérodiade (Massenet): Air de Jean 0325

Herman Simberg (Tenor) (Bialystok, Poland 1901 - London, England 1985)


First he appeared at the Warsaw Opera, but then went to London and with great success participated in concerts.

Chronology of some appearances

6 April 1941: Oxford, Sheldonian Theatre Celebrity Concert for His Majesty's Forces with Herman Simberg (vocal), Mark Hambourg (piano) and Mischel Cherniavsky, accompanied by Ivor Newton.

28 March 1943, Sheldonian Theatre: James Ching and Betty Reeves (piano), E. Bryan Gipps (violin), Eric Ashcroft (flute) and Herman Simberg (tenor), conducted by John Webster

8 January 1944: Jubilee Concert given by the National Symphony Orchestra with Eva Turner, Herman Simberg and Mark Hambourg, conducted by Sidney Beer, Sir Adrian Boult and Basil Cameron

25 September 1945: Brangwyn Hall, Swansea Programme of the Grand Celebrity Concert Violinist: Max Rostal. Soprano: Joan Hammond. Tenor: Herman Simberg Brangwyn Hall Orchestra 


Private Record
La Fanciulla del West (Puccini): Che'lla mi creda

Rafael Lagares (Tenor) (Córdoba, Spain 1918 - Buenos Aires, Argentina 1999)


He studied singing in Buenos Aires under the pedagogue Guido Frati and made his debut in 1948 as Cavaradossi at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. In his young days he was called ‘’The New Caruso’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1940 Buenos Aires Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1943 Santiago Opera Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1945 New York City Center Traviata (Alfredo)
1955 Santiago Opera Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)


HMV, Milano 1952-03-21
Norma (Bellini): Meco all'altar DB11354 2BA7984
Fedora (Giordano): Amor ti vieta DA11336 0BA7985
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): O Lola