(1-2) Rudolf Berger: Czech tenor (1874-1915): Originally a baritone he changed to tenor after studying with Oscar Saenger in New York. He made his American debut (4 Feb 1914) at the Metropolitan Opera. He was married to soprano Marie Rappold. (3-4) Lucy-Bertrand Berthet: Belgian soprano (1866-?): She made her Paris Opéra debut (1892) as Ophelie in Hamlet. She had an outstanding career with the Opéra where she was noted for her Juliette, Marguerite, Thaïs, Elsa, and Zerline (Don Juan). She was Ortlinde in the first Paris Opéra La Walkyrie (1893), and the first Gwendoline and Briséis in Chabrier's operas of the same names (1893 and 1899). Upon her retirement she became a sought-after vocal teacher. (5) Theodor Bertram: German baritone (1869- 24 Nov 1907): Son of baritone Heinrich Bertram and soprano Marie Bertram. Debut Ulm in 1889. Hamburg Opera (1891), Kroll Opera (1892), Munich Royal Opera (1883-99), Metropolitan Opera (1899-1901). Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Vienna Imperial Opera (1902), etc. Tragically, his first wife, soprano Fanny Moran-Olden, died (1905) insane in a private sanitarium, and his second wife died two years later (21 Feb 1907) in a ship disaster. After her death he began to drink heavily and eventually committed suicide by hanging. Especially known for his Mozart and Wagner roles.Berlin -- Nov 24 -- Theodor Bertram, the celebrated opera singer, committed suicide to-day at Baireuth. He had been melancholy and despondent since the death of his wife, who was drowned Feb. 21 lost in the wreck of the steamship Berlin off the Hook of Holland. Theodor Bertram's most successful roles were Wagnerian, and he made his greatest reputation as Wotan. The steamer Berlin was wrecked while entering port after a hurricane and nearly everybody aboard was lost, among the number being nineteen members of the German Opera Company, which had just concluded its season at Covent Garden. One of the opera singers lost was Mrs. Bertram. Mr. Bertram, a member of the company, had sailed from London for Rotterdam a day previous to the departure of his wife. New York Times, 25 Nov 1907. (6-8) Leon Beyle: French tenor (1871-1922). Beyle made his debut (1896) at the Paris Opéra. He was immediately hired by the Opéra-Comique (1896-1914) as their first tenor. His 1903 appearance as Werther at the Paris Opéra led to a revival of that work and its inclusion among operatic masterpieces. He appeared in several world premieres at the Opéra-Comique, among them La Fille de Tabarin (1901), La Fille de Roland (1904), and La Lépreuse (1912). When Beyle retired, he taught singing in Paris and later in Lyons, the city where he was born and died.
Mikhail Bocharov(1872 - 1836)
(9-10) Mikhail Vasilievich Bocharov.Russian baritone (1872-1936). Attended Kiev University with the intention of becoming a lawyer. He studied singing at the Kiev Music College and graduated there in 1898. Kiev Opera, Zimin's Opera (Moscow), Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg), Odessa, among others. He was awarded the honorary title Meritorious Artist of Russia in 1925. Bocharov sang without vocal fatigue until his death, which happened while singing at the piano.In an artistic sense Bocharov never created anything that impressed me completely. Short and stocky, thick-set and heavily-built, with a short neck, inclined to shuffle about, he had little feeling for the stage. His round impassive face wasn't really suited to mimic expressiveness yet, thanks to his all-purpose voice and musicality, he was superior to the general run of singers of his day. He was outstanding in 'character' roles, Tonio, Rigoletto, Amonasro, and Nelusko, but not entirely successful as Beckmesser. The Levik Memoirs: An Opera Singer's Notes: p. 39.