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KARL PERRON, Bass-Baritone * 03 June 1858, Frankenthal, Germany + 15 July 1928, Dresden, Germany;


Karl Perron, born Karl Pergamenter and also known as Carl Perron, (3 June 1858 – 15 July 1928) was a German bass-baritone. A Kammersänger of the Dresden State Opera, he created leading roles in three operas by Richard Strauss – Jochanaan in Salome, Orest in Elektra, and Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier.

Karl Perron was born in Frankenthal to one of the city’s prominent families. His father was an art collector and numismatist. Another of his relatives, Phillip Perron (1840–1907), was the court sculptor to Ludwig II of Bavaria. After studies with Julius Hey in Berlin, Joseph Hasselbeck in Munich, and Julius Stockhausen in Frankfurt, Perron made his debut in Leipzig in 1884 as Wolfram in Tannhäuser. He sang in Liepzig until 1891 when he became a member of the Dresden State Opera. Perron remained with the Dresden company until his retirement in 1924, and sang there in three world premieres of operas by Richard Strauss – Jochanaan (John the Baptist) in Salome (1905), Orest (Orestes) in Elektra (1909), and Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier (1911).

Perron was a distinguished Wagnerian singer and appeared at Bayreuth from 1889 to 1904 where his roles included Wotan, Amfortas, and King Marke. Charles Webber, who had been a voice coach at the Dresden State Opera from 1908 to 1911 recalled that Perron was past the peak of his career by then but still an impressive singer, especially in the title role of The Flying Dutchman and as Wotan. According to Webber, although Perron’s top notes were occasionally forced and his intonation sometimes faulty, he retained an intense and mesmerizing stage presence which obscured the flaws. Outside the Wagner and Strauss repertoire, Perron’s other notable roles were Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin.

Perron taught singing after his retirement. His house in Dresden was filled with his own art collection, and the salons there were one of the centers of the city’s musical life. He never married and lived with his sister, Käthe, who ran his household. Karl Perron died in Dresden on 15 July 1928 at the age of 70.


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Posted by on July 15, 2018 in Bass-Baritones


KARL ERB, Tenor * 13 July 1877, Ravensburg, Germany + 13 July 1958, Ravensburg, Germany;


Karl Erb (13 July 1877 – 13 July 1958) was a German tenor. Born in Ravensburg, he was engaged at the Stuttgart opera house at the age of 30. His performance in Pfitzner’s “Der arme Heinrich” led to his bigger career at the Munich Hofoper. Rarely appearing outside of Germany, his repertoire ranged from Mozart to Donizetti, Verdi and Wagner. Quite difficult to categorize. Marriage to soprano Maria Ivogun made them the darling opera couple of the era. His Evangelist in Bach’s Passions is well received to this day.


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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in Tenors


MARCIA VAN DRESSER, Soprano * 1877, Memphis, Tennessee, United States + 11 July 1937, London, United Kingdom;


Marcia Van Dresser (1877 – July 11, 1937) was an American operatic soprano, recitalist and actress. She was sometimes referred to as a mezzo-soprano.

She was born in 1877 and spent her early life in Memphis and later studied for opera with Hermine Bosetti and Jean de Reszke. She was a member of The Famous Original Bostonians before joining Alice Nielsen Company in 1898 for Victor Herbert’s The Fortune Teller and Singing Girl. Studies voice with NYC’s Mrs. Sarah Robinson-Duff herself trained in Paris by Marchesi. Dresser appeared as an actress in 1902 with Otis Skinner in a revival of Francesca di Rimini. Apparently Van Dresser never recorded for the gramophone industry. Dresser joined NY’s Metropolitan Opera Company, and sang across Europe before joining The Chicago Opera in 1915 for her major opera roles. In April 1918 she appeared at Aeolian Hall singing Haydn in Italian, Debussy and Fauré in French. The Haydn work had been arranged by the late Pauline Viardot.

She died in London on July 11, 1937 after a long illness.


Marcia Van Dresser as Francesca in “Francesca Da Rimini”


Marcia Van Dresser as Francesca in “Francesca Da Rimini”


Marcia Van Dresser as the Princess of Eboli in “The Palace of the King”


Marcia van Dresser as the Countess Mirtza Charkoff in “The Great Ruby”


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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in Sopranos


EVELYN SCOTNEY, Soprano * 11 July 1896, Australia + 5 August 1967;


Evelyn Scotney (11 July 1896, Australia + 5 August 1967) was an Australian soprano.

She studied first in Melbourne with Elise Wiedermann, and then in Paris with Mathilde Marchesi, and made her debut in Boston first as La Charmeuse in “Thais” and then as Lucia in 1912. she also sang Gilda, Olympia, Violetta and in Debussy’s “Martyre de St. Sebastian”. She came to the Metropolitan Opera in 1919 as Princess Eudoxie in “La Juive”, also singing Adina, Lucia and the Queen of Shemakah in New York. She sang on the concert stage until 1935 touring Canada, Australia and the United States.


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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in Sopranos


MEDENIYET SHAHBERDIYEVA, Soprano * 23 February 1930, Kerki, Turkmenistan + 03 January 2018, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan;


Medeniyet (sometimes Maya) Shahberdiyeva (February 23, 1930 – January 3, 2018) was a Turkmenistan opera singer of the Soviet era.

Shahberdiyeva was born in Atamyrat, Lebap Province, at the time known as Kerki. In her youth she learned to play the gyjak. A coloratura soprano, she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1956; beginning in 1962 she received further vocal lessons in Kiev. She was a featured soloist on the roster of the Turkmen Opera and Ballet Theater from 1956; roles in her repertory included the title role in The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride, also by Rimsky-Korsakov; Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini; Violetta in La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi; the title role in Lakmé by Léo Delibes; Aylar in The End of the Bloody Watershed by Veli Mukhatov; Aknabat in Night of Alarm by Aman Agadzhikov; and Shasenem in Shasenem and Gharib by Adrian Shaposhnikov. She also performed in concert. During her career Shahberdiyeva traveled abroad as well as performing domestically. She was also named a deputy to the sixth and seventh convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the Turkmen SSR. She became an instructor at the Ashgabat Institute of Arts in 1975, the same year in which she was named a People’s Artist of the USSR; she was also honored as a People’s Artist of the Turkmen SSR for her work. Shahberdiyeva has continued to receive recognition from the government of Turkmenistan since it gained its independence from the Soviet Union. She was the subject of a documentary which was shown in Ashgabat in 2008.



Medeniyet Shahberdiyeva (2015)


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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in Sopranos


NINA MORGANA, Soprano * 15 November 1891, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA + 08 July 1986, Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA;


Nina Morgana, coloratura soprano, was born in Buffalo November 15, 1891 (this date has been verified from her birth certificate by James A. Drake; she is listed in the Grosses Sängerlexikon as being born in 1895) at 292 The Terrace. Morgana was known as Baby (or Child) Patti during her early years in Buffalo, after the famous singer Adelina Patti. She sang locally in Buffalo churches and schools from the age of four, but her performances at the Pan-American Exposition’s Venice in America site in 1901 presented her talents to a much larger audience.

Morgana auditioned for world-famous tenor Enrico Caruso during one of his concert trips to Buffalo in May 1908. After hearing Morgana sing for him at the Iroquois Hotel, Caruso wrote to Morgana that he would make arrangements for her to study with Teresa Arkel, a legendary soprano and vocal instructor. Morgana went to Italy to study with Arkel from 1909 to 1915. After a successful 1915 debut at La Scala, Morgana joined Enrico Caruso for concert tours of the United States from 1917 to 1919.

Nina Morgana sang her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1920 in the role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto. She remained on the roster at the Metropolitan Opera House until 1935. She married Caruso’s secretary, Bruno Zirato, on June 15, 1921. Mr. Zirato later served as Assistant Manager of the New York Philharmonic and as publicity chief of the Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires. Nina Morgana died in Ithaca, N. Y. on July 8, 1986. 1


Nina Morgana (center) with other musicians at Venice in America at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901. Photo credit: Undetermined. Source: Richard. H. Barry. Snap Shots on the Midway of the Pan-Am Expo, including characteristic scenes …. Buffalo, N.Y. : Robert Allan Reid, 1901, p.98. Courtesy of James A. Drake.


Nina Morgana performing at “Venice in America.” Photo Credit: Undetermined. Source: Richard. H. Barry. Snap Shots on the Midway of the Pan-Am Expo, including characteristic scenes …. Buffalo, N.Y. : Robert Allan Reid, 1901, p.99.


Article: “Clever Child Vocalist – Baby Patti delights all who hear her.” Source: Photocopy of a 1901 Buffalo Newspaper Clipping – exact source unknown. Courtesy of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Note: While this article reports that she was born in Palermo, Italy, most sources state that Nina Morgana was born in Buffalo.


Obituary from Buffalo News, Thursday, July 10, 1986.

Nina Morgana Zirato’s Obituary.Source: Newsclipping–Buffalo News, Thursday, July 10, 1986. Courtesy of J. Warren Perry.


Newspaper Clipping: “Caruso Told Her That She’d Be a Great Singer.” Author: Harvey Elsaesser. Source: Photocopy of scrapbook newsclipping–Buffalo Evening News, May 3, 1969. Courtesy of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

Clippings, Photos  and Biography comes from UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO LIBRARIES


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Posted by on July 8, 2018 in Sopranos


DORRIT KLEIMERT, Soprano * 23 May 1938, Stockholm + 20 June 2018, Sweden;

Dorrit Kleimert (23 May 1938, Stockholm + 20 June 2018, Sweden) was a Swedish operatic soprano.51abddcc-d2d4-4227-92fe-9c19197e016a

Dorrit Kleimert 1989. Photo: Staffan Carlweitz.

Dorrit Kleimert (23 May 1938, Stockholm + 20 June 2018, Sweden) was Swedish operatic soprano.

Kleimert debuted at the Royal Opera as “Micaëla” in Bizets “Carmen” and belonged to the opera ensemble for a quarter of a century.

Among her prominent roles is “Amanda” in Werle’s “Tintomara”, “Sophie” in Strauss “Rosenkavaljeren”, “Ellen Orford” in Britain’s “Peter Grimes” and “Mimi” as well as Musette “in Puccini’s opera” Bohème “.

Kleimert also participated in the performance of Lars Edlund and Ulla Britt Edberg’s Fröding opera “The Girl in the Eye”, where she performed the role of “Vivi”, aside from productions at Drottningholm Palace Theater and rows of guest plays abroad.

Dorrit Kleimert was died at the age of 80.


Dorrit Kleimert in “Carmen” 1966. Photo: Enar Merkel Rydberg

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Posted by on July 8, 2018 in Sopranos

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