Giuseppe Campanari: Italian baritone (17 Nov 1855 - 31 May 1927): Was originally a singer but after he lost his voice he became a cellist in the La Scala orchestra. In 1884 he came to America to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He tried his voice again with a traveling opera company in 1883. One year later he joined the Metropolitan Opera and sang there until 1912. He sang the Ford in Falstaff in the American premiere (1895) of the Verdi work. French soprano, Emma Calvé (Decazeville, 15 Aug 1858; Millau, 6 Jan 1942). She was a pupil of Jules Puget, Mathilde Marchesi and Rosina Laborde. She made her début as Marguerite in Faust at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, on 23 September 1881, and three years later appeared in Paris, mainly at the Opéra-Comique. Massenet wrote two roles for her: the heroines of La navarraise and of Sapho, and she created the title role in Hahn’s La carmélite at the Opéra-Comique in 1902. She performed often at Covent Garden and at the Metropolitan Opera, and was well known for her (many) performances as Carmen. Albert Alvarez: French tenor (1861-1933). His early musical training included a position as a bandmaster in France. He studied with Martini and made his debut (1887) in Ghent as Faust, a role he reprised for his Paris Opéra debut in 1892. He created more than ten roles for that house including Mirka in Augusta Holmes's La Montagne Noire in 1895, Walther (Les Maitres Chantiers de Nuremberg) in 1897, Manrique (le Trouvére), and Tristan (Tristan et Isolde) in 1904, and Nicias in the world premiere of Thaïs (1894). American baritone David Scull Bispham (Philadelphia: 5 Jan 1857 – NY: 2 Oct 1921). He studied in Florence with Vannuccini and in Milan with Lamperti. He made his operatic debut in London in 1891 (1890?) and was the leading Wagnerian baritone of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1896 to 1903. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera (1896) as Beckmesser in Meistersinger. He was an early supporter of translating and performing foreign opera in the English language.Biography: A Quaker Singer's Recollections, by David Bispham. New York, The Macmillan Co., 1920.
Aïno Ackté: French-trained Finnish soprano (1876-1944). After a series of hits and misses that failed to establish her talents, she finally achieved stardom in the title role of Strauss's Salome, which was for a time the definitive interpretation.Suzanne Adams: American soprano (28 Nov 1872 - 5 Feb 1953): Studied in Paris with Bouhy and Marchesi. Debut Paris Opera (1895) as Juliette. Studied the role of Juliette with Gounod for her Covent Garden debut (1898). Created Hero in Stanford's Much Ado About Nothing (1904). Metropolitan Opera 1899-1903. married to cellist Leo Stein and retired from the stage upon his death in 1904.Mariska Aldrich, mezzo-soprano. Performed two seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, 1909 - 1911, mostly smaller roles such as Lola, Naoia (The Pipe of Desire), Fricka, Venus, and Azucena.Lloyd D'Aubigné: Tenor: Performed at the Metropolitan Opera during the 1894-1897 seasons. Faust, David (Meistersinger), Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette), Walther (Tannhäuser), Steersman (Tristan und Isolde). American tenor Barron Berthold[also seen as Berthald]. Castle Square Company. The Metropolitan English Grand Opera Company. Boston Opera. Damrosch Opera Company. Abroad in Wagnerian roles.