Austrian mezzo-soprano Gisela Staudigl [nee Koppmayer] (Branau: 4 Sept 1864 - Karlsruhe: 22 Feb 1929). Studied in Vienna with Marchesi and made her concert debut there in 1879. She made her opera debut (1882) in Hamburg as Amneris. She sang in Hamburg, Karsruhe, Bayreuth, Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, and with the Metropolitan Opera. She also sang with the Damrosch Opera company during the 1897-98 season. In 1884 she married Austrian bass, Joseph Staudigl.Belgian mezzo-soprano Marguerite Sylva was born in Brussels on 10 Jul 1875. She studied in Paris but made her debut in London in Carmen. She went to the Opéra-Comique in 1906 where she repeated her Carmen performances, as well as adding Santuzza (Cavarlleria Rusticana), Catherine (le Chemineau), Rose-Marie (Le Point d'Argentan) and Taven (Mireille) and Mignon to her repertoire. In 1909 she traveled to New York and Chicago where she became a popular operetta celebrity. She appeared at the Paris Opéra in 1917 as Léonore in La Favorite. She died in Glendale, California on 21 Feb 1957. Seen here in Faust.Rosina Storchio as Nedda in Pagliacci.Soprano Gusti Stagl (1872-?) as Tosca. She appeared at the Bayreuth Festival as Eva.
Dramatic German soprano Aline Sanden (1876-1955) as Carmen. She made her debut in 1899. She was most successful at the Leipzig Opera from 1909 to 1921. She also sang Salome under Otto Klemperer in Barmen. She was married to the founder of the Grosse Volksoper, Otto Wilhelm Lange (1884-1975).Russian mezzo-soprano Mariya Slavina (1858-1951) as Carmen, a role she introduced to Russian audiences for the first time. She studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and made her debut (1879) as Amneris (Aida) at the Mariinsky Theatre, where she was a mainstay for many years. There she created Hanna in Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night (1880), Konchakovna in Prince Igor (1890), the Countess in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades (1890), and Clytemnestra in Taneyev's Oresteia (1895). She took up residence in Paris during the Russian Revolution and became a singing instructor there.Swedish tenor Set Svanholm (1904-1964). He made his debut (1930) as a baritone at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. His tenor debut (1936) was as Ramades (Aida) in the same theater. His Metropolitan debut (1946) was delayed by six years due to the outbreak of World War II.Susan Strong as Isolde.