Spieltenor Hans Rudiger (1862-1937). He specialized in character roles such as David and Mime. The mastery he exhibited in his characterizations led to his selection for the role of Valzacchi in the world premiere of Der Rosenkavalier. Postcard, Dresden circa 1907.(17) Italian baritone Titta Ruffo (1877-1953) made his debut (1898) at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome as the Herold in Lohengrin. At Covent Garden as the Duke in Rigoletto (1903) he was abruptly dismissed after his Gilda, Nellie Melba, proclaimed him "too young" to be her father (she was sixteen years his senior). His American career began in Chicago in 1912, where he was a regular visitor until 1926. His Metropolitan debut (1922) as Rossini's Figaro was greeted with "tremendous applause and cheers" when he stepped on stage to sing Largo al factotum.English baritone Kennerley R. Rumford (1870-?). He was married to Clara Butt and often gave joint recitals with her. His career was briefly interrupted when he served in the British Military Intelligence Department during World War I.Giannina Russ (1878 - 1951): Italian dramatic soprano. Debut 1903. That same year she sang at La Scala. She performed all over the world, with the exception of the Metropolitan Opera and the Paris Opéra. She did appear at the Manhattan Opera. Her best successes were in Italy and in South America (Teatro Colón). Her last days were spent at Verdi's Casa di Riposo.