1904 Brescia Grande Madama Butterfly Giovanni Zenatello, Salomea Krusceninski, Emma Decima, Virgilio Bellatti, Gaetano Pini-Corsi

Aug 31, 2015

Rosa Grünberg (Soprano) (Stockholm 4/1 1878 - Stockholm 11/4, 1960)

She was a pupil of pedagogues J. Jacobsson, Gillis Bratt and Signe Hebbe in Stockholm. In 1898 she made her debut at the Svenska Theater in Stockholm as Inga in ‘’Bröllopet på Ulvåsa’’, a few weeks later she sang at the Vasatheater of Stockholm in ‘’Opernball’’ by Heuberger. In the 1898-1902 seasons she appeared with great success at the Vasa Theater in Stockholm. In the 1902-1904 seasons she sang at Östermalmstheater in Stockholm and undertook a tour with the Ranfts Operetta troupe through the Scandinavian lands. Her repertoire also included the title part in J. Offenbach’s ‘’Schöner Helena’’ and Rosina in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’. In the 1906-1914 seasons she was a star of the Oscartheater in Stockholm. She was invited to appear at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and there in the 1914-1915 season she had a huge success as Leonora in ‘’Il Trovatore’’ and as Santuzza in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. She retired from the stage in 1916.

Chronology of some appearances

1898 Stockholm Svenska Theater
1898 Stockholm Vasatheater
1898-1902 Stockholm Vasa Theater
1902-1904 Stockholm Östermalmstheater
1906-1914 Stockholm Oscartheater
1914-1915 Stockholm Royal Opera


Gramophone, Stockholm 1911-10-16
Ro, ro, ögonsten (Sjögren) 283105 2084y
Rida ranka (Ekenberg) 283106 2085y

Aug 30, 2015

Knut Öhrström (Tenor) (Stockholm 17/6 1885 - Stockholm 17/9 1964)

First he studied singing under John Östergren in Stockholm, then with Vittorio Vanza in Milan. He made his debut in 1916 at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. Till 1924 he remained a member of this theater, where he appeared with success as Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Don José in ‘’Carmen’’, Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ and as Lohengrin. Together with the composer Hugo Alfvén he undertook a tour through the USA. In 1930 he withdrew from the stage and then worked as pedagogue in Stockholm.

Chronology of some appearances

1916-1924 Stockholm Royal Opera


Ekophon, Stockholm 1923-04
Folkvisa (Merikanto) NS1823 51748
Jungfrun under lind (Peterson-Berger) NS1823 51749

Wallin's Svenska Records, Chicago 1924/1925
Carmela (Ibland blommor och grönskande lundar) (de Curtis)  114 9039
Ingalill (Lejdström?) 114 9040
Stjärnor i kronan (Hultman) 115 9064
Jag är en pilgrim (Hultman) 115 9065

Aug 29, 2015

Johannes Scheurich (Tenor)

Chronology of some appearances

Jan. 24. 1920 Deutsche Oper, Berlin Undine (Ritter Hugo von Ringstetten)
Nov. 8. 1920 Deutsche Oper, Berlin Das Rheingold (Froh)
Nov. 6. 1921Deutsche Oper, Berlin  Der Troubadour (Manrico)
Mar. 3. 1922 Deutsche Oper, Berlin Hoffmanns Erzählungen (Hoffmann)
Feb. 3. 1923 Lyric Theater, Baltimore Tannhäuser (Walther)
Feb. 12. 1923 Manhattan Opera House, New York  Die Meistersinger (Zorn)
Feb. 24. 1923 Manhattan Opera House, New York Der fliegende Holländer (Steersman)
Mar. 7. 1923 Manhattan Opera House, New York Der fliegende Holländer (Steersman)
Mar. 31. 1923 Lexington Theatre, New York Concert
Apr. 3. 1923 Opera House, Boston Tannhäuser (Walther)
Apr. 6. 1923 Opera House, Boston Der fliegende Holländer  (Steersman)
Apr. 11. 1923 Opera House, Boston Das Rheingold  (Froh)
Apr. 16. 1923 Lyric Theater, Baltimore Das Rheingold (Froh)
Apr. 20. 1923 Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia Das Rheingold  (Froh)
Apr. 28 . 1923 Schenley Theater, Pittsburgh Der fliegende Holländer (Steersman)
Apr. 30. 1923 Orchestra Hall, Detroit Tannhäuser (Walther)
May 6. 1923 Metropolitan Theatre, Cleveland Tannhäuser (Walther)


Artiphon, Berlin 1919-11-08
Carmen (Bizet): Ich seh die Mutter dort with Seinemeyer 666
Trovatore (Verdi): Ins unsre Heimat with Weber 668

Die Schwätzerin von Saragossa (Offenbach): Spanisches Lied P. 1069-II 2527

Aug 28, 2015

Gunnar Grip (Baritone) (Norrtälje 29/6, 1887 - Stockholm 26/3, 1965)

From 1919 to 1921 he studied singing under Mattia Battistini in Rome, Vittorio Vanzo in Milan and W. Beck in Paris. In 1921 he made his debut at the Köiglichen Oper in Stockholm as Figaro G. Rossini's ''Il Barbiere di Siviglia''. The next 20 years he had a significant success in this famous Swedish opera house like at guest performances in the northern and the Baltic states. As a concert singer he gave a successful recitals in Berlin, Dresden, Rome, Paris, Brussels and London. In 1925, during the first Swedish broadcasting performance, he sang the title role in P. Tchaikovsky’s ‘’Eugene Onegin’’ under the direction of Nils Grevillius. His famous parts included Count di Luna in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, Tonio and Silvio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and Scarpia in ‘’Tosca’’. Later he also became known as the publisher of music-critical magazines (''Scenen'', 1934; ''Jorden Runt'', 1933-60).

Chronology of some appearances

1921-1941 Stockholm Köiglichen Oper


HMV, Stockholm 1923-05-28
Amarilli (Caccini) X1838 (18-282055)

HMV, Stockholm 1923-09-08
Zazà (Leoncavallo): Zazà, bruna zigenerska X1838 (18-282056)

Guillon-Brasseur (Contralto)

Contralto de l' opéra de Nice.


Berliner, Paris 1901
Mignon (Thomas): Connais-tu le pays  33225 3719½G

Henri Stamler (Baritone)

Chronology of some appearances

1896-1897 l’Opéra de Nice Thaïs (-)
1903 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) L'étranger (vieux pêcheur/contrebandier)
1905 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Armide (2°officier)
1906 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Ariene (Phéréklos, le Pilote)
1907 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Ariene (Phéréklos, le Pilote)
1907 Paris Théâtre de l'Opéra (Palais Garnier) Thamara (officier)


Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1905?
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Fille des rois 17089
Hamlet (Thomas): Chanson à boire 17090
Hérodiade (Massenet): Vision fugitive 17096
Benvenuto Cellini (Diaz): Arioso 17097
Le biniou (Durand) 17132
Patrie (Paladilhe): Cantabile de Rysoor 17102
Coupe du Roi de Thulé (Diaz): Récit et arioso 17101 
Pauvre France (Faure) 17134
Sanctus (Beethoven) 17177
Chanson des peupliers (Doria) 17135
Pie Jesu (Stradella) 17173
Stances (Flégier) 17109

Aug 27, 2015

Romain (Leon) Carbelly (Bass/Baritone) (18.Saint-Amand, 21 juillet 1877 – ?)

He made his debut as Gunther in E. Reyer’s ‘’Sigurd’’ at the Paris Grand Opera (1906).

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Paris Grand Opera Sigurd (Gunther)
1908 Paris Grand Opera Le Prophète (Mathisen)
1908 Paris Grand Opera Roméo et Juliette (Capulet)
1908 Paris Grand Opera Guillaume Tell (Guillaume Tell)
1921 Paris Grand Opera Herodiade (Vitellius)
1922 Paris Grand Opera Faust (Valentin)
1922 Paris Grand Opera Boris Godounov (Héraut)
1922 Paris Grand Opera Samson et Dalila (Grand Prêtre)
1923 Paris Grand Opera Les Maitres Chanteurs de Nuremberg (Kathner)
1923 Paris Grand Opera Rigoletto (Monterone)
1923 Paris Grand Opera Aïda (Amonasro)
1923 Paris Grand Opera La Walkyrie (Wotan)
1924  Paris Grand Opera Sigurd (Grand Prêtre d'Odin)
1924  Paris Grand Opera Antar (Amarat)
1925 Paris Grand Opera Le Crépuscule des dieux (Gunther)
1925 Paris Grand Opera Tannhäuser (Biteroff)
1926 Paris Grand Opera Salomé (un Soldat).
1926 Paris Grand Opera Les Burgraves (Platon-Jassius)


Homophone, Paris 1906?
Les Gars d'Irlande (Holmès) 8841
Le Credo du Paysan (Goublier) 8383

Aug 25, 2015

Lea Fuldauer (Soprano) (The Hague, Holland 1887 - New York, USA 1949)

She studied in the Hague and in Amsterdam and began her career as coloratura soprano in Holland. In  the 1923-1925 seasons she was engaged by the Volksoper in Berlin, from 1926 to 1928 she was a member of the Stadttheater in Königsberg, in the 1929-1932 seasons she appeared at the Stadttheater in Münster. During the 1920’s she lived in Berlin and gave guest performances and concerts. Occasionally she sang at different Dutch operatic stages, also with the Truppe Co-Operatie in Haag. Her repertoire included Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’, Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’ and Oscar in ‘’Ballo in maschera’’. At the Grand Opéra in Paris she sang the role of Marzelline in Beethoven’s ‘’Fidelio’’ (1926). As a Jew, in 1939, before the occupation of Holland by the German troops, she fled to Brazil. After the Second World War she returned to her Dutch native country, but became blind.

Chronology of some appearances

1923-1925 Berlin Volksoper
1926-1928 Königsberg Stadttheater
1929-1932 Münster Stadttheater


Scala Record, London 1924
Faust (Gounod): Bloempjes lieflijk en zoet  (Bo) 3050 247 ar 

Aug 23, 2015

Cornelis Bronsgeest (Baritone) (Leiden, Holland 24/7 1878 - Berlin, Germany 22/9 1957)


Frist he decided to became an architecture, but after discovering that he had a beautiful voice, studied singing with Richard Schulz-Dornburg in Berlin, then under Julius Stockhausen in Frankfurt a. M. and made his debut in 1902 at the Stadttheater in Magdeburg, where he appeared till the next year. At the Berlin Hofoper he made his debut as Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’ and in 1913 sang the part of Posa in the premiere of G. Verdi’s ‘’Don Carlo’’. Three years later he performed here in the premiere of R. Srauss’s ‘’ Ariadne auf Naxos’’. Before the First World War he made successful guest performances in Holland, Belgium and France. In 1914, under Sir Thomas Beecham, he sang at the Drury Lane Theater of London the part of Papageno in ‘’Zauberflöte’’. In the 1919-1920 season he undertook a North America tour. In 1920 he guested at the Wien Staatsoper. He founded the Berlin broadcasting company orchestra and the broadcasting company choir. Then in the 1922-1924 seasons he went on a tour around Holland and Belgium. In 1924 he organized at the Amsterdam Théâtre Carré the performance of R. Wagner’s ‘’Parsifal’’. In 1933, because of political reasons, he gave up his activities with broadcasting company and from 1935 to 1944 worked as director of the Berlin Theater der Jugend. Till 1935 he still made guest appearances at the Berlin Hofoper. During the Second World War, he gave an opera performances before German soldiers. After the Second World War he organized the first opera performances in destroyed Berlin. Married to actress Bertha Kleen.

Chronology of some appearances

1902-1903 Magdeburg Stadttheater
1903-1908 Hamburg Stadttheater
1906-1919 Berlin Hofoper
1914 London Drury Lane Theatrer
1919-1920 North America tour
1920 Wien Staatsoper
1921-1923 Berlin Hofoper


Odeon, Berlin 1907-03/05 
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Blick' ich umher X50292 xB2538 

Odeon, Berlin 1908-09
Aida (Verdi): Vater, ich bin nicht ihnen die Sklavin with Rose X50569 xB4146

Odeon, Berlin 1908-10?
Nozze die Figaro (Mozart): Ich soll ein Glück entbehren X50582 xB4263 

Odeon, Berlin 1909-02?
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja X50611 xB4408 

Odeon, Berlin 1909-10?
Aida (Verdi): Ihr Vater! Ich hab' gekämpft X50672 xB4703