American Opera Postcards Sampler - Page 1

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EDISON RECORDS AND TALKING MACHINE Anna Case: French-trained Finnish soprano (1876-1944). After a series of hits and misses that failed to establish her talents, she finally achieved stardom in the title role of Strauss's Salome, (seen here) which was for a time the definitive interpretation. Julia Heinrich (AL: 1880? - Hammond LA: 18 Sep 1919). American soprano and vocal instructor. Julia was the daughter of German baritone, Max Heinrich. She appeared in Montreal, Elberfeld, Hamburg (1913-15), and then making her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gutrune in Götterdämmerung (1915). She sang several small roles at the Met. In 1919 she was asked to make vocal comparison tests, matching her live voice against her Edison recordings. She was killed at a train station in Louisiana by a locomotive, while her accompanist, Lucille Colette, who was standing nearby, was spared. Her Edison discs were reportedly recorded under the name of Julia Henry, but this cannot be verified. Arthur Middleton (Iowa: 28 Nov 1880 - Chicago: 16 Feb 1929), American concert bass-baritone. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut (18 Nov 1914) as the Herald in Lohengrin. He died of what was then called, Bright’s Disease. Marie Rappold, American soprano. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut (22 Nov 1905) as Sulamith in Goldmark's Königin von Saba. She was married to tenor Rudolf Berger. Belgian coloratura soprano Alice Verlet (1873-1934) She made her Paris Opéra debut in 1903 as Blondine in L'Enlèvement au Sérail. Her great virtuosity brought her success in the roles of Philine, Rosina, Violetta, and Lakmé. In 1915 at the Chicago Opera she was seen as Philine in several performances of Mignon, which featured Conchita Supervia, Charles Dalmorès, and Marcel Journet in the cast.
Louise Cox
OPERA STARS LOZENGES COMPANY These are miniature postcards (4 1/2” x 2 3/4”) were distributed Opera Stars Lozenges Company. Each one includes a facsimile endorsement from a singer. Frances Alda: New Zealand (raised in Australia) soprano (1879-1952). She was a Marchesi pupil. She made her debut (1904) as Manon at the Opéra-Comique where she was called a "delicious twenty-two year old Australian." Rudolf Berger: Czech tenor (1874-1915): Originally a baritone he changed to tenor after studying with Oscar Saenger in New York. He made his American debut (4 Feb 1914) at the Metropolitan Opera. He was married to soprano Marie Rappold. Edoardo Ferrari-Fontana, Italian tenor (Rome: 8 Jul 1878 - Toronto, Canada: 4 Jul 1936). He was a diplomat before taking up a singing career. Basically self-taught, he started off on the concert stage. He was principally considered a Wagnerian tenor. He was married, for a time, to contralto Marguerite Matzenauer. Latvian tenor Karl Jorn (1873-1947). He made his debut (1896) at Freiburg as Lionel in Martha. He was an esteemed singer in Berlin, but even Kaiser Wilhelm II could not keep him from sailing to the United States where he eventually became a citizen.