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Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday   By: (1856-1953)

Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday by Henry Charles Lahee

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FAMOUS SINGERS

LAHEE

[Illustration: Calvé as Santuzza .]

Famous Singers of To day and Yesterday

By Henry C. Lahee

ILLUSTRATED

[Illustration: logo]

Boston L. C. Page and Company (Incorporated) 1898

Copyright, 1898 BY L. C. PAGE AND COMPANY

(INCORPORATED)

Colonial Press: Electrotyped and Printed by C. H. Simonds & Co. Boston, U. S. A.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

PREFACE vii

I. FROM 1600 TO 1800 A.D. 11

II. PASTA TO MARIO 41

III. MARIO TO TIETIENS 77

IV. PRIMA DONNAS OF THE FIFTIES 110

V. PRIMA DONNAS OF THE SIXTIES 143

VI. PRIMA DONNAS OF THE SEVENTIES 186

VII. PRIMA DONNAS OF THE EIGHTIES 220

VIII. TENORS AND BARITONES 260

IX. CONTRALTOS AND BASSOS 296

CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF FAMOUS SINGERS 325

INDEX 333

ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE

CALVÉ AS SANTUZZA Frontispiece

JENNY LIND 84

JEAN DE RESZKE AS ROMEO 98

ADELINA PATTI 128

NILSSON AS VALENTINE 162

LILLIAN NORDICA 220

MELBA AS OPHELIA 244

EMMA EAMES 258

EDOUARD DE RESZKE AS MEPHISTOPHELES 272

ALVARY IN RIGOLETTO 280

SOFIA SCALCHI 300

PLANÇON AS RAMFIS IN AIDA 318

PREFACE.

It has been the desire of the author to give, in a book of modest dimensions, as complete a record as possible of the "Famous Singers" from the establishment of Italian Opera down to the present day. The majority are opera singers, but in a few cases oratorio and concert singers of exceptional celebrity have been mentioned also.

To give complete biographical sketches of all singers of renown would require a work of several large volumes, and all that can be attempted here is to give a mere "bird's eye view" of those whose names exist as singers of international repute.

For much information concerning the earlier celebrities the author is indebted to Clayton's "Queens of Song," "Great Singers" by Ferris, and "The Prima Donna" by Sutherland Edwards, in which interesting volumes much will be found at length which is greatly condensed in this little volume. To Maurice Strakosch's "Souvenirs d'un Impresario," and to "Mapleson's Memoirs," the writer owes something also in the way of anecdote and fact concerning many singers of the latter half of this century.

As it is impossible to give biographical sketches of more than a comparatively small number of singers who have achieved renown, the work is supplemented by a chronological table which is more comprehensive. No such table can, however, be perfect. For singers of the past the following authorities have been used: "Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians," C. Egerton Lowe's "Chronological Cyclopædia of Musicians and Musical Events," James D. Brown's "Biographical Dictionary of Musicians," and "A Hundred Years of Music in America."

Concerning singers of later times, who have risen to fame since those works were compiled, such items have been used as could be found in the newspapers and magazines of their day, and the information is of necessity imperfect. It is nevertheless hoped that the table may be of some use as carrying the history of famous singers some years beyond anything hitherto published in book form, and it has been the desire of the author to make the book interesting alike to student and amateur.

FAMOUS SINGERS OF TO DAY AND YESTERDAY.

CHAPTER I.

FROM 1600 TO 1800 A. D.

The year 1600 marked the beginning of a new era in musical history, for in that year the first public performance of regular opera took place in Florence, when the "Eurydice" of Rinuccini and Peri was given in honor of the wedding of Marie de' Medici and Henry IV... Continue reading book >>




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