Victor Maurel: French baritone (17 Jun 1848 - 22 Oct 1923): Debut (1868) at the Paris Opéra. Performed in the world premiere (La Scala: 1870) of Il Guarany. Chosen by Verdi for the first Italian performance as Rosa in Don Carlos (1871). American premiere of Aida (Amonasro). Iago in the world premiere of Otello. Created the title role of Falstaff. Tonio intheworldpremiereofIPagliacci.ThepremiereItalianbaritoneofhisday.SeenhereinDonGiovanni.Pol Plançon: French bass (12 Jun 1854 - 11 Aug 1914): Debut at Lyons (1877) as St. Bris in Les Huguenots. World premiere of Le Cid. La Scala, Met, London CG, Brussels, Nice, Paris Opéra.Giacomo Puccini (Lucca: 22 Dec 1858 - Brussels: 29 Nov 1924): Italian composer: Edgar, Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La fanciulla del West, Il Trittico, Turandot, etc. Camille Seygard. Soprano who performed secondary roles. She can be heard on Mapleson cylinders made in the Metropolitan Opera on 3 Feb 1903 as Helmwige in a performance of Die Walküre. She is listed in the cast but apparently did not warrant an entry in the "Annals of the Metropolitan Opera." She also appeared at the Orpheus Club in Springfield in 1896. Also known as Camille Fischer-Seygard.Dutch baritone Anton van Rooy (Rotterdam: 1870-1932). He made his debut as Wotan at the 1897 Bayreuth Festival at the insistence of Cosima Wagner. His commanding appearance and his beautiful upper register created an immediate impression. In 1898 he joined the Metropolitan Opera, where he sang his Wotan fifty times during his nine seasons there. “Critics wrote of him that his 'rich, sympathetic voice, splendid vocalism quiet dignity of gesture and impressive stage presence exerted a magnetic influence over his audience.’" New York Times: 29 Nov 1932.
Belgian mezzo-soprano Jeanne Maubourg (1875 [possibly 1873] - 12 May 1953). She made her stage debut (1895) at the Théâtre des Galeries in Brussels in the opera Ali Baba. She joined the Monnaie in 1897 where she appeared in Manon, Les Charmeurs, La Fille du régiment, La Domino Noir, Les Deux Billets, Les Dragons de Villars, Lakmé, Mireille, Faust, La Bohème, Roméo et Juliette, Guillaume Tell and the French version of Die Meistersinger (Maîtres Chanteurs), and the first Monnaie Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel in 1898. She remained at the Monnaie until 1907. In 1909 she came to the Metropolitan Opera and found a home for five seasons in spite of being limited to minor roles in over 200 performances. Sang in the American premiere (1912) of LeDonneCurioseunderToscanini.ChicagoOpera(1915,1916).Lilli Lehmann (24 Nov 1848 - 17 May 1929): German soprano. Both of her parents (August Lehmann and Marie Loewe) were singers. Debut Prague 1865, 1st Boy in Zauberflöte. In first Bayreuth Ring Cycle singing Woglinde, Helmwige, and Woodbird. One of the Rhinemaidens in the first London Ring. American debut (Metropolitan Opera, 1885) as Carmen. First American Isolde and Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde. After retiring from the stage she taught. Her pupils included Geraldine Farrar and Olive Fremstad. Married tenor Paul Kalisch. Sister of soprano Marie Lehmann.SeenhereasIsolde.