Nicolai Reinfeld as Siegfried. Performed mostly in Munich.German soprano Delia Reinhardt (1892-1974) in Meistersinger and Nozze di Figaro. She was well known for her portrayal of Octavian in the famous Lehmann/ Schumann/ Mayr/Bruno Walter performance of Der Rosenkavalier. Fritz Rémond as Lohengrin. German, later American, soprano Elisabeth Rethberg (1894-1976). She was regarded as one of the principal lyric-dramatic sopranos of her day. Musicians, critics, and the public praised her voice for its purity. Rethberg made her debut in Dresden (1915) as Arsena in Zigeunerbaron. She sang over 300 performances at the Metropolitan Opera from 1922 through 1944. Her interpretation of Aida was considered her signature role, and her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Ethiopian slave was greeted favorably. Her "high, clear, liquid tones . . . floated above Verdi's orchestration with unforced ease." She created the title role in Strauss's Aegyptische Helena (1928). A Cosima Wagner protégée was Austrian soprano Luise Reuss-Belce (1862-1945), seen here as Fricka in the Ring cycle. She made her debut (1881) at Karlsruhe. Her Bayreuth debut was in the world premiere of Parsifal (1882) as a Flowermaiden. She was a principal singer in Bayreuth until 1912. She eventually became the dramatic coach at Bayreuth. Circa 1904.
Belgian tenor of Russian birth, Joseph Rogatschewsky (Mirgorod: 8/20 Nov 1891 - Ixelles, Belgium: May 1985): Studied at the Conservatory in Paris. Served in the French army during World War I and was wounded twice. Made his debut (1922) in Toulouse. Hired for Opéra-Comique that same year, and then in 1924 he joined the Monnaie in Brussels to become their principle tenor. Sang throughout Belgium and France. In 1929 and 1930 he sang at the Vienna State Opera. In 1931 he was back in Paris singing Lohengrin at the Palais Garnier. He was the director of the Brussels Opera (1953-59) and also a teacher.Helge Roswaenge (29 Aug 1897 - 17 Jun 1972) Danish tenor. He first studied with the ambition to become a chemist. He then studied singing in Copenhagen and Berlin. Debut 1921 in Neustrelitz. He performed throughout central Europe. Said to have been one of the greatest interpreters of Mozart's operas. Married for a time to soprano Ilonka Holndonner. He was a very expressive singer. French tenor Charles Rousselière (1875-1950), originally a blacksmith, made his operatic debut (1900) at the Paris Opéra in the role of Samson. His world premieres included Saint-Saëns's Les barbares and L'Ancêtre, Mascagni's Amica, Fauré's Pénélope, and Charpentier's Julien. Rousselière's Metropolitan Opera debut as Roméo in 1906 was barely noticed by the critics, who devoted their reviews to the introduction of the American soprano, Geraldine Farrar, who was Rousselière's Juliette that evening. As Roméo he was "a manly and engaging figure." His voice was described as "a powerful and vibrant tenor."