Étienne Gibert: Tenor. Paris Opéra debut as Vasco de Gama (6 Nov
1893) in L'Africaine. At the Opéra he also appeared in Lohengrin, Roméo
et Juliette, and Tannhaüser. Here he is as an expressive Canio
(Paillasse). Published by F.C. et Cie, number 526. This is a lovely
example of the work of photographer Henri Manuel, who was the official
photographer of the French government from 1914 to 1944.
Jeanne Gerville-Réache (26 Mar 1882 - 5 Jan 1915): French contralto. Studied in Paris with Rosine Laborde and Pauline Viardot. Debut Paris Opéra-Comique (1899), Orphée. Created Catherine (Le Juif polonais) and Genevieve in Pelléas et Mélisande. Also appeared at Covent Garden, Manhattan Opera, Monnaie, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Montreal. She died at the age of thirty-two from ptomaine poisoning.Berta Gardini-Kirchhoff as Gilda in Rigoletto. Perhaps more known as the first wife of conductor Fritz Reiner, with whom she had two children, Tussy and Eva. They were divorced in 1929.Elena Gerhardt (Leipzig: 11 Nov 1883 - London: 11 Jan 1961): Mezzo-soprano. She entered the Leipzig Conservatory at the age of sixteen. She gave her first recital in Leipzig in 1903 with Arthur Nikisch as her accompanist. She sang with the Leipzig Opera (1903-04) but gave up her stage career to devote herself entirely to lieder singing. She was married to Fritz Kohl and emigrated to London in 1933. She wrote a book of her memoirs called, Recital. Scottish-American soprano Mary Garden (1874-1967). In 1897 Garden and her singing instructor, Mrs. Robinson Duff, traveled to Paris to seek a European musical education. She sang before several of the most famous vocal coaches before finally settling with Fugère, although she never was entirely satisfied with any of them. Before long, Garden's financial backing was gone. According to Garden's own account she had a chance meeting with Sibyl Sanderson, who commiserated with the hapless student and invited her to stay at her Champs-Elysees apartment. Sanderson invited Albert Carré, director of the Opéra-Comique, to her home for dinner in January of 1900 and Garden sang for him. On 13 April 1900, Garden stepped into a performance of Louise midway through when the creator of the title role, Marthe Rioton, took ill. The rest, of course, is history.
Mary Garden with La Belle Otero and an unknown soubrette
A Reutlinger composite postcard
Josef Geis as Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He sang at the Prince Regent Theater in Munich. He was also an opera director there.