Italian tenor Giovanni Martinelli (1885-1969) was heir successor to the Metropolitan's tenor repertory after the death of Caruso. He took the reins indeed, singing over 900 performances there in an amazing 37 different leading roles. This beautiful Mishkin photo-postcard of Martinelli as Canio in Pagliacci shows the warm smile for which he was known.Nelly Martyl: Debut (20 Mar 1907) at the Paris Opéra in Armide. Her roles included Siebel (Faust), Rafaela (Patrie!), and she created for that house the roles of Agne's (La Catalane) and the Voice of the Muse (Amphyon). Monte Carlo Opera (1908) and had a successful career at the Opéra-Comique. Elfriede Marherr as Mignon.
[Vanni]-Marcoux, [Jean Emile Diogène] (12 Jun 1877 - 22 Oct 1962): French bass and baritone. Debut Bayonne [no, not New Jersey] 1889 as Gounod's Friar Laurence. Covent Garden, Turin, Paris Opera, Opéra-Comique, Chicago. Career lasted nearly 40 years. Also director of the Grand Théâtre at Bordeaux (1948-1951). Mezzo-soprano Jane Margyl made her Paris Opéra debut on 22 Sep 1905 as Delilah. In 1906 she was seen there as Amneris (Aida) and Fricka (Die Walküre). Postmarked in 1903. Kentucky born Riccardo Martin (1874 - 1952). He made his debut (1904) as Faust, at the Théâtre de la Renaissance at Nantes, France. His first American appearances were at the French Opera House in New Orleans during the 1906-07 season. Shortly thereafter he made his Metropolitan Opera debut (20 Nov 1907) as Faust in Mefistofele, which also featured the debut of Feodor Chaliapin. Martin appeared in three world premieres of American works at the Metropolitan: Converse's Pipe of Desire (18 Mar 1909), Parker's Mona (14 Mar 1912), and Damrosch's Cyrano (27 Feb 1913). Collectively, those works were only mounted thirteen times at that house.
Fritzi Massary:Austrian soprano (31 Mar 1882 - 31 Jan 1969): Began career in operetta. Created title role in Die Kaiserin (1915), as well of several premieres in operettas by Lehár, Oscar Strauss, and Robert Stolz. Munich Opera Festival, City Opera of Berlin, Salzburg Festival, etc. Voice treasured by Bruno Walter. Married actor Max Pallenburg (1917) well known comedian of the German stage. Retired in Beverly Hills, CA.Margarete Matzenauer:Last week, after 19 years of distinguished service, Contralto Margarete Matzenauer let it be known that she was through at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House. Wanting no floral wreaths, no testimonial speeches, she saved her farewell announcement until after her last performance, gave then as a cause the fact that in recent years she had been allotted only secondary roles.† Unlike Sopranos Frances Alda and Amelita Galli-Curci who have also retired this season from the Metropolitan (TIME, Nov. 25, Jan. 27), Contralto Matzenauer made no valedictory statement on the decadence of opera. Instead she referred to it as an art which "with variations will remain for all time." Time: 24 Feb 1930.