(4) Félicie Arnaud: Born in Liege, she studied under M Warnots in Liege. She made her debut at the Théâtre de Liège (1873) in Les Noces de Jeannette. She appeared in the Hague, Nantes, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyons, and Marseilles. Finally arriving at the Monnaie for a brilliant debut as Manon (1884) for the first performance of that opera at that house. Became a successful voice teacher. (5-6) Sigrid Arnoldson: Swedish soprano (1861-1943). This remarkable singer made her debut (1885) as Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia) in Prague. She had a wide vocal range (three octaves) that could accommodate both the soprano and mezzo roles. She appeared for one season at the Metropolitan Opera (1893-94) where she sang Carmen, Micaëla, Zerlina, Marguerite (Les Huguenots), Cherubino, Nedda, Mignon, and Baucis (Philémon et Baucis). She introduced the role of Sophie (Werther) to New York and London (Drury Lane Theater). As successor to Jenny Lind she was billed as "the new Swedish nightingale." In the early 1900s she was enormously popular in Russia. Toward the end of her career she taught in Vienna and Stockholm. There are many, many postcards out there of Arnoldson that were published in Russia. It is more difficult to find the non-Russian postcards of this singer.(7) Hungarian soprano Margit Angerer [von Rupp] (Budapest: 6 Nov 1903 - London: 31 Jan 1976). She studied in Budapest and made her debut (1926) in Vienna as Forza's Leonora. She remained in Vienna through 1938. At that time she moved to London and continued her career, but as a concert singer. She is seen here as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier.(8-9) Soprano Lola Artôt de Padilla (1876-1933) was the daughter of the great mezzo-soprano Désirée Artôt (1835-1907) and Spanish baritone Mariano Padilla y Ramos (1842-1906). Lola trained with her tempestuous mother whose onstage battles with Minnie Hauk, while on tour in Moscow in the 1870s, are well documented. While perhaps not inheriting her mother's fiery personality Lola did exhibit the vocal abilities of her parents at a young age. She was first engaged (1904) by Albert Carré for the Opéra-Comique. After various stops around Europe she settled at the Berlin Imperial Opera (1909-1927). She was especially known for her interpretations of Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She remained in Berlin after her retirement and taught singing.(10) Pavel Andreyev. Russian lyric baritone. Studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (1903). Member of the Narodny Dom Company, Kiev (1907), Lenin Komsomol Theatre. Marinsky, Bolshoi. Later professor in the Leningrad Conservatory.
(1-2) Vittorio Arimondi: Italian bass (1861-1928) made his debut (1883) at Varese in Gomes's Il Guarany. He made his first La Scala appearance (1893) as Sparafucile in Rigoletto. In that same year he created the role of Pistol in the world premiere of Verdi's Falstaff. He then traveled to London to appear for three seasons at Covent Garden (1894-96). He sailed to New York and made his Metropolitan Opera debut (7 Dec 1896) as Ferrando in Il Trovatore. He spent several seasons at Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera where he was Arkel in the American premiere of Pelléas et Mélisande. He spent the last twenty years of his life in the United States but during that time he made appearances in Poland and in Russia, where this postcard originates.
(3) Margaret Arndt-Ober: German mezzo-soprano (Berlin: 15 Apr 1885 - Bad Sachsa: 17 Mar 1971). Studied in Berlin with Benno Stolzenberg, and Arthur Arndt (whom she married). Debut as Azucena (Frankfurt: 1906). Performed at the Metropolitan Opera (1913-16) but resumed her career in Berlin after the war. Seen here as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier.