1896 Turin Teatro Regio Premiere La Boheme (Puccini) Tieste Wilmant, Evan Gorga and Cesira Ferrani

Feb 10, 2016

Holger Bruusgaard (Baritone) (11. oktober 1884 i Mellerup nær Randers – 22. januar 1968 i København)

First he studied singing in Copenhagen, then in Rome, Dresden and Paris. In 1913 he made his debut at the Royal Court Opera in Copenhagen and was a member of this opera house till 1938. Here his repertoire included Papageno in ‘’Zauberflöte’’, Wolfram in ‘’Tannhäuser’’, Kurwenal in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’, Valentin in ‘’Faust’’, Escamillo in ‘’Carmen’’, Germont-père in ‘’La Traviata’’, Renato in ‘’Ballo in maschera’’, Posa in ‘’Don Carlo’’, Ford in ’’Falstaff’’ and Eugene Onegin in the opera of the same name of Tchaikovsky. He appeared as a guest also in Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden and Prague.

Chronology of some appearances

1913-1938 Copenhagen Royal Opera 


Gramophone, København 1920-09-24
Uret (L Nielsen): Jeg ved hvor der ligger en gammel borg (Romance) M28  43AR 

Historical live recordings from the Archive of Danmarks Radio, 1934.11.01
Don Carlo (Verdi): Chi mai si fa nel suol francese with Tenna Kraft and Ingeborg Steffensen

Birgit Engell (Soprano) (1882, 18/9, Berlin - 1973, 28/7, København)

She spent her youth in Denmark and was a pupil of Etelka Gerster in Berlin, later she studied singing under Alfredo Cairati in Zurich. In 1907 she made her debut at the  Hoftheater of Wiesbaden (as Gretel in ‘’Hansel and Gretel’’), to which she belonged till 1912. In 1913 she appeared in the Berlin premiere of Richard Strauss’s opera ‘’Ariadne auf Naxos’’. At the Royal Opera in Copenhagen she gave guest performances till 1937. Her repertoire included Cherubino in ‘’Figaros Hochzeit’’, Gretchen in ‘’Wildschützof’’, Sophie in ‘’Rosenkavalier’’, Rosina in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’, Ighino in ‘’Palestrina’’, Anna in ‘’La Dame blanche’’. Since 1920 she devoted herself primarily to the concert stage. Her first concert took place in 1914 in Copenhagen. After the First World War she had a very successful career in the concert hall with appearances in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, England and in the Scandinavian states. Several times she undertook a North America tour. After the Second World War she lived as a pedagogue in Copenhagen. Since 1911 she was married the opera singer and vocal pedagogue Hans Erwin Hey (1877-1943), a son of the famous pedagogue Julius Hey (1838-1909).

Chronology of some appearances

1907-1912 Wiesbaden Hoftheater
1912-1920 Berlin Hofoper
1920-1931 Copenhagen Royal Opera


Gramophone, Berlin 1913-03-31
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss): Ach, wir sind es eingewöhnet with von Skilondz & Arndt-Ober 044235 356al

Gramophone, Berlin 1915
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck): Brüderlein, komm' tanz' mit mir with van Endert 3-44126 61846
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck): Suse, liebe Suse with van Endert 3-44127 61846

Gramophone, Berlin 1915-09?
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck): Abendsegen with van Endert 3-44128 61735
Freischütz (Weber): Schelm halt fest with van Endert B45045 14391

Aage Thygesen (Tenor) (22 November 1892 in Jebjerg - died in 1979)

First he studied singing under Anders Brems. In 1921 he trained at the Royal Theatre's opera school. His teachers were Vilhelm Herold, Victor Bendix and Emilie Ulrich. Then he went to Napoli and perfected his vocal under Fernando de Lucia (1922-1923). He made his debut in Concert in Copenhagen (1921).


Polyphon, 1923
Julenat: Evangeliet S 42213 2727ar

Polyphon, 1931
Et Barn er født i Bethlehem XS 43160 3980 BR
Julepotpourri 1. Del XS 43156 3972 BR
Julepotpourri 2. Del XS 43156 3973 BR
Glade Jul, dejlige Jul Polyphon XS 43160 3974 BR

Feb 9, 2016

Per Bjøern (Baritone) (Vardingsborg, Dänemark 31. März 1887 † ? 17. Nov. 1944)

First he studied under Valdemar Lincke in Copenhagen, then with Trebitsch in Berlin, in the end, with Fernando de Lucia in Naples. He made his debut in 1913 at the Court Opera in Berlin as Telramund in ‘’Lohengrin’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1913 Berlin Court Opera
1914-1915 North America National Opera Company
1915-1916 Hamburg  Municipal Theater
1916-1917 Dusseldorf Opera House
1917-1944 Copenhagen Royal Opera


Columbia, 1915
Den spillemand snopped fiolen fra vag E2249 39772
Bergmanden E2249 39773

Davida Hesse (Soprano) ( 29 januari 1877 i Gävle, död 23 juni 1964 i Stockholm)

She was trained in Stockholm under Julius Günther and Signe Hebbe, later she studied under different pedagogues in Germany. In 1904 she made her debut at the Royal Opera of Stockholm as Zerline in ‘’Don Giovanni’’. Till 1909 she had in this opera house a huge success. In 1906 she created there for Sweden the role of Madama Butterfly. After she had married the lawyer Lillienberg, she retired in 1909 from the stage. Later she continued her stage activities. In 1926 she appeared in Stockholm in the opera ‘’Jolanthe’’ by P. Tchaikovsky. 

Chronology of some appearances

1904 Stockholm Royal Opera Don Giovanni (Zerline)
1906 Stockholm Royal Opera Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)


G&T, Stockholm 1907-02
Mignon (Thomas): Svalduetten with John Forsell 84086 10279u