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Mezzo-soprano Vera

Nimidoff. She made her

Paris Opéra debut (10 Mar

1900) in the role of Stefano

in Roméo et Juliette. There

she also sang Siebel

(Faust), Waltraute (Die

Walküre), and was the first

Paris Cleanthis in Astarté.

The color tinting has helped

highlight aspects of this

Reutlinger photograph that

otherwise would have been washed out by the lack of contrast. Publisher

S.I.P., number 190/6. Circa 1900.

Tennessee-born soprano Alice Nielsen (1876-1943) had success in

both grand opera and operetta. She began in operetta, singing with the

Tivoli Opera Company in San Francisco, and with the Bostonians. Her

grand opera debut (1903) took place at the Bellini Theatre in Naples as

Marguerite in Faust. She also appeared at the Teatro San Carlo in that

same city. At Covent Garden in London she was seen opposite Caruso

and Scotti in La Bohème (Mimi). Once back in American she toured with

Russell's San Carlo Company. She arrived in New York in 1909 and

made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi. Her one appearance as

Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia) was as Frieda Hempel's replacement in

1915. Seen here in My Favorite.

German baritone Hans Hermann Nissen (1893-1980) as Kurwenal in

Tristan und Isolde. He was a member of the Bavarian State Opera in

Munich for more than thirty-five years. He appeared at the Chicago

Opera (1930-32) and the Metropolitan Opera (1938-39).Seen here as

Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde.

(14) Belgian mezzo-soprano Dora Nordier as Charlotte in Werther. From 1916-1926 she sang at Liege, Antwerp (1921-24), and Ostend. She performed in North Africa in Oran, Algiers, and Casablanca. During the season 1926-27 she sang at the Monnaie. After her retirement in 1928 she became a noted professor of music for many years.

(12) Bass Juste Nivette (1865-?) made his debut at the Opéra-Comique as

Sarastro in La Flute enchantée. After a short engagement he moved to the Paris

Opéra, where he sang a variety of roles. At the Monte Carlo Opera in 1902 he sang

in the world premiere of Massenet's Le Jongleur de Notre Dame as Un Moine

Peintre. He was quite popular in Monte Carlo, singing roles such as Frère Laurent in

Roméo et Juliette, Alvise in La Gioconda, Barone in La Traviata, Cardinal

Campeggio in Henry VIII, and Le Roi Henri in Lohengrin, as seen here in this Paul

Boyer photograph. Nivette then made brief appearances at La Scala and Covent

Garden. In 1909 he made his Boston Opera Company debut as Alvise in La

Gioconda. There he was also seen in Lakmé, Rigoletto, Faust and Les Huguenots.

Postcard was published by F.C. et Cie, number 170.

Lillian Nordica: American soprano (12 May 1857 - 10 May 1914): St. Petersburg, London CG, Met, Milan, Manhattan Opera, Boston. Married Frederick A. Gower who was killed in a balloon accident. Married and separated from Hungarian tenor Zoltan Dome. Married for a third time to London banker George H. Young. During her 1913 farewell tour around the word and was shipwrecked off New Guinea. She was rescued, brought to a hospital in Batavia, Java and died there.
                                      Vera Nimidoff 
        A Reutlinger Postcard
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