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Apr 17, 2015

Jeanne Gordon (Mezzo-Soprano) (Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada 1884 – Macon, Missouri, USA 1952)


Carmen



Ruby "Jeanne" Gordon. She studied in Toronto and was ‘discovered’, by the director of the Brooklyn Opera, singing in a New York cinema. She made her operatic début in Brooklyn as Amneris in 1918, which led to her début as Azucena at the Metropolitan in 1919.  Shortly after signing her contract she changed her name to "Jeanne" Gordon.  In 1919 she created the roles of the Fairy and Mme Berlingot in ''L'oiseau bleu'' by Albert Wolff in its world premiere. She made guest appearances with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in 1928. In 1908 married Ralph K. Trix of Detroit,but left him in 1917.

Chronology of some appearances

1918 Brooklyn Opera
1919 New York Metropolitan Opera
1928 Monte-Carlo Opéra

RECORDINGS FOR SALE









Columbia, New York 1920-01
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Amour viens aider ma faiblesse 49740

Columbia, New York 1920-03-27
Rigoletto (Verdi): Quartette with Maria Barrientos, Charles Hackett and Riccardo Stracciari 49782 74000-D

Columbia, New York 1920-06/07
Carmen (Bizet): Habanera 49858

Columbia, New York 1920-08-18
Holy night, peaceful night (Gruber) 79373

Columbia, New York 1922-02-15
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Voce di donna 33022-D 86-M
Mignon (Thomas): Connais-tu le pays? 33022-D 86-M

Maria Labia (Soprano) (Verona, Italy 1880 - Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy 1953)


Mimi

Tosca

Tosca

Her sister was the famous soprano Fausta Labia, the wife of the tenor Emilio Perea. She studied with her mother, Cecilia Labia, making her début in 1905 as Mimì in Stockholm. In 1907 she appeared at the Komische Oper, Berlin, as Tosca, returning subsequently as Carmen, Marta (''Tiefland'') and Salome, among other roles. She sang at the Manhattan Opera House, New York (1908–9), La Scala (1912) and the Paris Opéra (1913). In 1916 she was imprisoned for a year in Ancona as a suspected German agent. Resuming her career after the war, she sang Giorgetta in the first European performance of ''Il tabarro'' (1919, Rome), repeating the role in that year in Buenos Aires. In the first Scala production of Wolf-Ferrari's ''I quattro rusteghi'' (1922) she played Felice, a role that became her favourite and in which she continued to appear until 1936. Her performances in verismo operas were said to be impulsive and, for their day, ‘shamelessly sensual’. She used her warm, not especially large, voice with particular reliance on the chest register. Some early recordings remain of her Tosca and Carmen.

Chronology of some appearances

1905 Stockholm Opera
1907 Berlin Komische Oper
1908 New York Manhattan Opera
1909 New York Manhattan Opera
1912 Milan La Scala
1913 Paris Opéra

RECORDINGS FOR SALE










Odeon, Berlin 1908-05-01
Carmen (Bizet): Ja, die Liebe hat bunte Flügel 50481 xB 3632
Carmen (Bizet): Draußen am Wall von Sevilla 50482 xB 3633

Odeon, Berlin 1909-09-01
Carmen (Bizet): Bist du endlich da? with Hermann Jadlowker  50632 xB 4560
Carmen (Bizet): Ins Quartier, zum Appell? with Hermann Jadlowker 50633 xB 4561
Trovatore (Verdi): Hab' Erbarmen, o Herr, mit einer Seele with Hermann Jadlowker 50631 xB 4575
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Weißt du nicht, daß, wenn Schlangen der Reue with Hermann Jadlowker  50634 xB 4564mb

Edison
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Tu l'as dit oui, tu m'aimes with Valentin Jaume 3161-B Unpubl.

Edison 4-min cylinders, London 1911?
Otello (Verdi): Ave Maria 35021
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Voi lo sapete BA 28114
Tosca (Puccini): Non la sospiri BA 28153

Edison, London 1912?
Seconda mattinata (Leoncavallo) 82010

















Isabelle Izarié-Gallyot (Soprano) (? 1895 - ?)



About this artist is known only a little. She would probably have been of Spanish origin. She appeared in the end of the 1920’s often in Belgium, namely at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, also at the Opera in Antwerp and Ostend.

Chronology of some appearances

1920's Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie

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Pathé, Paris 1928?
Lakmé (Delibes): Lakmé! c'est toi with Miguel Villabella 2611
Lakmé (Delibes): D'où viens-tu with Miguel Villabella 2610
Dame Blanche (Boïeldieu): Ce domaine with Miguel Villabella 2612 N201790-A1
Dame Blanche (Boïeldieu): Fuyons with Miguel Villabella 2612 N201869-A1



















Apr 16, 2015

Hubert Raidich (Bass) (Verviers, Belgium 1885 - ? 1979)


Mefistofele

                                                             Mefistofele

He studied singing with his older brother, who was a "Chef du chant" at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. He made his debut in 1913 at the Théâtre Municipal in Douai. Already in 1914 he was engaged by the Opera House in Toulouse, when he was drawn to the war service in the First World War. After a wound in the war, he went to London, where he could continue his education and was promoted by the known singer Clara Butt. In 1918 he sang in a concert at the Albert Hall in London. After ending of the war he returned to Brussels and became a member of the Théâtre de la Monnaie, to which he belonged till 1927. Here he appeared in parts like the Zuniga in ''Carmen'', Nilakantha in ''Lakmé'', Le Comte des Grieux in ''Manon'', prior in ''Le jongleur de Notre Dame'', father in ''Louise'', Kadi in ''Marouf'', Don Basilio in ''Il Barbiere di Siviglia'', Ramphis in ''Aida'', Colline in ''La Bohème'', Angelotti in ''Tosca'' and Betto di Signa in ''Gianni Schicchi''. In 1927 he undertook a tour through the USA and Canada. Afterwards he gave guest performances in opera theaters in France, however, came back again in the USA and sang in the 1935-1936 season at the Metropolitan Opera some parts, like Wagner in ''Faust'' (beginning part), Antonio in ''Mignon'' and Count Ceprano in ''Rigoletto''.

Chronology of some appearances

1913 Douai Théâtre Municipal
1914 Toulouse Opera House
1919-1927 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie

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Victor
Lakmé (Delibes): Stances CVE-59550

Charles Cahier (Mezzo-Soprano) (Nashville, Tennessee 1870 – Manhattan Beach, California 1951)


Carmen

                                                                Orpheus

She was born as Sara Jane Layton Walker in Nashville, Tennessee. She studied in Indianapolis, and in Paris under Jean de Reszke, and made her debut as Orpheus in ''Orpheus and Eurydice'' in Nice in 1904. Other teachers included Gustav Walter, Victor Capoul and Amalie Joachim. Her first husband was Morris Black. In 1905 she married a Swede, the impresario Charles Cahier, after which she was generally billed as "Madame Charles Cahier", or "Sara Charles-Cahier". She was active in Vienna, joining the Hofoper in 1907, and Munich, often singing under Gustav Mahler's directorship in roles such as Amneris, Carmen, Delilah, Fidès, Ortrud, and Santuzza. She and her fellow American the tenor William Miller were chosen by Bruno Walter to premiere, posthumously, Mahler's ''Das Lied von der Erde'' in Munich in November 1911. She also sang in the New York premiere of the work in 1922, with tenor Orville Harrold, under conductor Artur Bodanzky. She sang in France, Italy, England and Germany. Other noted conductors under whom she sang included Edvard Grieg and Richard Strauss. She sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1912 to 1914, making her debut there as Azucena in ''Il trovatore''. Other appearances there included Fricka in ''Die Walküre'', alongside Olive Fremstad and Margaret Matzenauer. She enjoyed great success in Stockholm from 1915 to 1917, during which time she acquired Swedish citizenship. After retirement, she became a teacher and vocal coach, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her students, there and elsewhere, included Marian Anderson, Göta Ljungberg and Rosette Anday. It was on her advice that Lauritz Melchior changed from baritone to heldentenor

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Nice Opera
1907 Vienna Hofoper
1912-1914 New York Metropolitan Opera

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HMV, Stockholm 1928-09-20
Prophète (Meyerbeer): Ah! Mon fils  2-083022 M109
Favorita (Donizetti): O mio Fernando 2-083023 M109

Jules Godard (Godart) (Tenor) (Quaregon, Belgium 1877 - Le Vésinet, France 1909)


                                                                Lohengrin

His real name was Jules Godarder. He was a pupil of Désiré Demest at the conservatoire of Brussels. In 1905  he made his debut at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. Till 1908 he had there, like at the other Belgian opera theaters (Ghent, Lüttich) a huge success, especially in operas of R. Wagner. In 1908 he appeared for the first time at the Grand Opéra in Paris, namely he sang the part of Lohengrin. He sang there afterwards the part of Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ and in 1908 replaced Ernest van Dyck as Siegfried in ‘’Götterdämmerung’’ of R. Wagner. In 1909 he became a regular member of the Grand Opéra. In 1909 he performed with great success in C. Gounod’s ‘’Faust’’. On 23. 12. 1909 he died quite suddenly of poisoning. The death occurred under mysterious circumstances, which were never completely cleared up.   

Chronology of some appearances

1905-1908 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1908-1909 Paris Grand Opéra

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Odeon, Paris 1908-01-01
Die Walküre (Wagner): Liebeslied (Siegmund) Plus d'hiver 97131 xP 4424
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Reine d'amour, à toi mes chants d'ivresse with Amelia Talexis 97132 xP 4427

Alice Guszalewicz (Soprano) (Budapest, Hungary 1879 - München, Germany 1940)



                                                                 Salome

In 1896 she married to tenor Eugene Guszalewicz (1867-1907) and was trained by her husband. In 1903 she began her stage career at the Theater in Bern, Switzerland. In 1905 she appeared at the Opernhaus of Cologne in C. Goldmark’s ‘’Königin von Saba’’ and ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’ by R. Wagner. She remained a member of the Cologne Opera till 1916 and gave during this time a numerous guest performances at the leading operatic stages. In 1905 she made guest appearance at the Hoftheater in Karlsruhe. In 1907 she sang at the Opernhaus in Düsseldorf, the next year at the Stadttheater in Bremen. In 1908 she guested at the Hofoper in Dresden as Salome written by R. Strauss and achieved here, as well as at the other opera houses, in this part a sensational success. She also made guest appearances at the Opernhaus in Leipzig (1908), at the Hoftheater in Wiesbaden (1910, as Salome), at the Hoftheater in Berlin (1911, as Brünnhilde and Isolde), at Brussels, Paris and Madrid. In 1905 she appeared in Cologne in the German première of I. de Lara’s Oper ‘’Messalina’’ (in the title part) with great success. Her stage repertoire included Leonore in ‘’Fidelio’’, Adriano in ‘’Rienzi’’, Venus in ‘’Tannhäuser’’, the title part in ‘’Ingwelde’’ of M. von Schillings, Elektra by R. Strauss, Bertha in ‘’Il Profeta’’ of G. Meyerbeer, Santuzza in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, the title part in P. Mascagni’s ‘’Amica’’ and Maria in ‘’A basso porto’’ by N. Spinelli. After her stage career, she was active in Munich as vocal pedagogue. One of her pupils was her daughter Genia Guszalewicz (1902-71), who became a successful opera singer like her mother.

Chronology of some appearances

1903 Bern Opernhaus
1905 Karlsruhe Hoftheater
1907 Düsseldorf Opernhaus
1908 Bremen Stadttheater
1908 Dresden Hofoper
1908 Leipzig  Opernhaus
1910 Wiesbaden Hoftheater
1911 Berlin Hoftheater
1905-1916 Cologne Opernhaus

RECORDINGS FOR SALE










Zonophone, Wien 1902?
Du mein Gedanke (Grieg) 23000
Ave Maria (Gounod) X-23005

Edison 4-min cylinders, Berlin 1911-08?
Fidelio (Beethoven): Komm, Hoffnung BA 26158 15196