Russian tenor Andrey Markovich Labinsky (1871-1941). Labinsky was
a pupil of Stanislaus I. Gabel and V. M. Samus in St. Petersburg. He was
a member of the Mariinsky Opera choir before he had his first solo in
1897. At that same theater he sang the role of Vsevolod in the 1907
premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Invisible City of Kitezh. In 1912 he
joined the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, where he remained a leading
tenor until 1924. Upon his retirement from singing he became a
professor at the Moscow Conservatory. He was regarded as a good
tenor but not in the same class as Sobinov or Smirnov.
French soprano Marie Lafargue. She made several appearances at the
Paris Opéra between 1895 and 1900. Her debut there was on 19 Apr
1895 as Desdemona in Otello. She performed the title roles in Aida
(1895) and Helle (1896); Elisabeth in Tannhäuser (1895), Donna Anna in
Don Giovanni (1896), and Valentine in Les Huguenots (1899). At the
Monte Carlo Opera in 1900 she appeared opposite Tamagno in Otello.
She was also seen there as Juliane in the world premiere of Renaud
d'Arles by Desjoyeaux.
German bass-baritone Theodor Lattermann (Frankfurt: 29 Jul 1886 - Seechof: 4 Mar 1926) in Martha. He studied in Frankfurt and made his stage debut in Barmen (1907). Shortly thereafter he joined the Hamburg Opera and remained there until his death. He was married to contralto, Ottilie Metzger, who died in the Auschwitz concentration camp around 1943."Theodor Lattermann, who has done some good things in the last two weeks’ performances, did by no means a good thing with his impersonation of the Wandered; chiefly because he sang persistently flat almost from the beginning to the end. Hopes that he might wander back to the pitch as a part of his adventures were continually dashed. He looked as the Wanderer should look, not in itself difficult, and impressively filled the eye in his several appearances." New York Times: 27 Feb 1923. Review of Siegfried by Richard Aldrich.
French soprano Lise Landouzy (1861-1943) studied in Lille. She made her debut (1889) at the Opéra-Comique as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She appeared regularly in Paris, Nice, Brussels, and Monte Carlo. Her successes included her portrayal of Anne Ford in the 1894 French premiere of Verdi's Falstaff and Clorinde in the 1895 premiere of La Fille de Tabarin. German tenor Rudolf Laubenthal (1886-1971) studied with Lilli Lehmann in Berlin. He made his debut (1913) at the Berlin Deutsches Opera. He spent ten seasons at the Metropolitan Opera where his critics called him everything from "strenuous and vocally distressing," to "inimitable" in talent. Laubenthal's American premieres included, among others, Shvanda (Babinsky), Die Aegyptische Helena (Menelaos), and Jenufa (Steva). Russian bass Vladimir Lossky as Méphistophélès. He had a successful singing career and was noted for his fine acting, especially in the role of Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro. However, he is most appreciated for the time and effort he spent training young singers. He was also a producer at Savva Mamontov's Moscow Private Opera during the 1890s.