Bohemian bass-baritone Friedrich Plaschke (1875-1951) originally wanted to be a painter but took up singing instead. Debut (1900) as Herald in Lohengrin at the Dresden Opera where he spent his entire career. He sang in the world premieres of Strauss's Arabella, Salome, and Feuersnot. He was married to soprano Eva von der Osten.
British-born tenor Alfred Piccaver (1883-1958) had a celebrated career, especially beloved in Vienna where he was their principal "Italian" tenor. He had an effortless top to his voice and a beautiful middle, qualities that Piccaver would safeguard to compulsion. He was apt to cancel a performance if, he thought, during the course of warming up, that his middle register was not 100 percent to his satisfaction. One critic observed, "Piccaver has already arranged all his indispositions a year ahead."Antonio Paoli [orig. Ermogene Imleghi Bascaran - questionable] (14 Apr 1871 - 24 Aug 1946): Puerto Rican tenor. Debut (1899) at the Paris Opéra as Arnold in Guillaume Tell. Great successes through Italy, South America, and the United States. Upon his retirement he received an honorary pension from his native Puerto Rico. He had a heroic tenor voice, especially suited for the role of Otello. [Special thanks to Ronald Flores for providing information on Paoli: Paoli's birth and baptismal records confirm his birthday as stated above, and call into question the name, "Ermogene Imleghi Bascaran" as attributed to Paoli in several source books.]Pol Plançon: French bass (12 Jun 1854 - 11 Aug 1914): Debut at Lyons (1877) as St. Bris in Les Huguenots. World premiere of Le Cid. La Scala, Met, London CG, Brussels, Nice, Paris Opéra. Seen here in Mephistopheles. Léon Ponzio: French baritone. Performed at the Paris Opéra, South America, La Scala, and throughout the French and Belgian provinces. Performed in grand opera and operetta. Debut (1909). He retired in 1945.Thila Plaichinger as Isolde.