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(1) Clement
(2) Clement
(3) Clement
(4) Cobelli
(5) Constantino
(6) Constantino
(7) Cornelius
(8) Courtenay
(9) Courtenay
(10) Courtenay
(4) Giuseppina Cobelli (Maderno, Brescia, 11 Aug, 1898 - Salò, 1  Sep, 1948) Italian soprano. She made her debut  in 1924 in Amsterdam  (La Gioconda). She was well known for her portrayals of Tosca,  Santuzza, Fedora, and especially Adriana Lecouvreur.  Her career was  cut short by deafness.  Among other venues, she performed in London,  Buenos Aires, Milan, London, and Rome.  (5-6) Florencio Constantino (Bilbao: 1869 - Mexico City: 19 Nov 1919): Spanish tenor. He had a brilliant voice that was pure in tone. Though his voice was not as large as Caruso's it was said to have been as beautiful. His promising career was sadly marred by constant courtroom battles, including his own lawsuit that he pressed against the Columbia Phonograph Company for allegedly issuing his records under a different artist's name (not an uncommon practice). His last appearances were in Los Angeles around 1915, after which he traveled to Mexico City where he died, destitute and penniless. (7) Danish tenor Peter Cornelius (1865 - 1934) as Tannhäuser. He made his debut (1892) as a baritone in Copenhagen. His tenor debut (1899) was in that same city as the Steersman in Der Fliegende Holländer. In 1906 he appeared in Bayreuth and was heralded for his German Interpretations. From 1907 through 1914 he made many appearances to mixed reviews at Covent Garden. (8-10) American soprano Vera Courtenay. She studied with Marchesi in Paris. She was groomed by Massenet for the first performance of Manon (in French) at the Kroll's Opera House in Berlin (24 Apr 1902). Within two months she reprised this success at the Opéra-Comique. In her one season at the Metropolitan Opera (1909-10), she appeared in four concert performances singing arias from Lakmé, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Mireille, Manon, and La Traviata. She appeared as Musetta (with Caruso), and Nedda while on tour that season with the company.
(1-3)  French tenor Edmond Clément  (Paris: 1867 - 23 Feb 1928) in La Flute enchantée. He made his debut (29 Nov 1889) at the Opéra-Comique in Gounod's Mireille (as Vincent). He sang in several world premieres, including Breaneau's L'attaque du moulin, Massenet's Thérèse, and Saint-Saëns's Phryné. He also appeared in the first Paris performances of Madama Butterfly and Falstaff and the first Don Juan at the Opéra-Comique. In 1909 he traveled to the United States for a series of appearances, including two season (1909-11) at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1912 he was part of the Boston Opera Company, where he was commended for his sensitive portrayal of Don José in Carmen. Clément was last heard at the age of sixty in a concert performance, with very little diminution of quality in his vocal control.
“Edmond Clement was the Werther [Metropolitan Opera], whose voice is a tenor of refined if not of luscious quality, though it became unsteady at times when he forced it; his diction is excellent, and his action showed dramatic intelligence and a finished style.” New York Times, 17 Nov 1909.
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