American mezzo-soprano Marie Mattfeld began her singing career in 1897 with the Damrosch-Ellis Opera Company which boasted a roster consisting of Nordica, Melba, Bispham, Gadski, Campanari, Fischer and Kraus. In 1901 she joined the Metropolitan Opera. She specialized in supporting roles, singing with some of the greatest singers of that era. She logged nearly 900 performances during her twenty-two seasons there. Mattfeld is shown here as Hänsel which she performed 76 times, and the Shepherd in Tannhäuser, which she sang only 4 times. Her most performed role, which was vocally unlike either of these, was that of Turridu's mother, Lucia, in Cavalleria Rusticana. Copyright 1907.[Dame] Nellie Melba [orig. Helen Mitchell]: Australian soprano (19 May 1861 - 23 Feb 1931). Studied with Marchesi. Debut (1887) at the Brussels Opera as Gilda (Rigoletto). Created title role in Hélène at Monte Carlo. Appearances at Covent Garden, La Scala, The Met, Paris Opéra, Chicago. Seen here as Marguerite and Violetta.Adolf Muhlmann, German Bass/Baritone (1865 - Chicago: 1938). Metropolitan Opera début as Biterolf in Tannhäuser. Seen here as Gunther and the Dutchman.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 and The Huguenots.German tenor Albert Reiss (1870-1940) was an actor before he turned to music. His voice was discovered by Bernhard Pollini and Ernestine Schumann-Heink. He was an admired buffo tenor who was seen at the Metropolitan Opera for eighteen seasons (1901-1919), where he was the Broommaker in the world premiere of Königskinder (28 Dec 1910). Those who are inclined to believe that all witches should be female should note that Reiss played the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel thirty times at the Metropolitan! Reiss logged over 1,000 performances at the Metropolitan, and his career there might have been extended had he not had a petty backstage argument with management. Seen here as David and Mime.Marcella Sembrich: Polish soprano (15 Feb 1858 - 11 Jan 1935): Debut (1877) as Elvira (I Puritani) in Athens. Dresden Royal Opera, Met, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Vienna, Stockholm, Brussels. Equally adept with the piano and violin and often accompanied herself. One of the most famous coloratura sopranos in operatic history. Seen here in The Daughter of the Regiment and as Mimi.Marion Weed. American (Rochester, NY) [mezzo] soprano. She studied with Lilli Lehmann. She was principally a Wagnerian singer, performing in Bayreuth, Hamburg, and Cologne before making her debut (28 Nov 1903) as Brünnhilde at the Met. She was also Gertrude in the first Met performance of Hänsel und Gretel (25 Nov 1905). Seen here as Kundry.
Arturo Vigna. Vigna was a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. He conducted the first Metropolitan Opera performance of Madama Butterfly on 11 Feb 1907, with Farrar, Homer, Caruso and Scotti.