Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Sep 23, 2017

César Vercher (Tenor) (Valencia, Spain Mar. 9, 1884 - Valencia, Spain Dec. 25, 1966)

His full name is César Vercher Adán. He studied singing at the Conservatoire in Valencia and made his debut at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid in E. Arrieta's ''Marina'' (1907?). He appeared with success in Italy, Portugal and Spain. In Italy he appeared as Cesare Vercher. He made a few records for Gramophone. 

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Palmanova Teatro Gustavo Modena Rigoletto (Duca)
1910 Livorno  Politeama Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1910 Sampierdarena  Teatro Gustavo Modena Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Boheme (Rodolfo)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1912 Lisbona  Coliseo Recrejos Traviata (Alfredo)
1913 Valencia  Teatro Principal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1913 Valencia  Teatro Principal Rigoletto (Duca)
1913 Barcellona Teatro Novedades Boheme (Rodolfo)
1914 Madrid Teatro Apollo Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1914 Oviedo Teatro Campoamor  Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
1914 Oviedo Teatro Campoamor Rigoletto (Duca)


HMV, Spain 29-11-11
Composer: Mazza, Work: El Maestro Campanone: Aria de Alberto, A3 Mazza, con coro 0262028 417 aj

Odeon, Spain 1922
Composer: Pablo Luna, Work: Los cadetes de la reina (Luna): Dúo de la carta Luna with Ernesto Hervas 68913

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Sep 14, 2017

Solange Delmas (Nîmes, France 1897 - Eze, France 1990)

Her real name was Jane Trosserin. she studied singing at the Conservatoire National in Paris. already in 1924 she appeared at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo as Boy Yniold in ’’Pelléas et Mélisande’’ and as Javotte in ‘’Manon’’ of J. Massenet. Later she sang there parts of Manon (1932) and Olympia in ‘’Les contes d'Hoffmann’’. In 1934 she made her debut at  the Grand Opéra in Paris as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’ and then sang there the part of Queen of the night in ‘’Die Zauberflöte’’, Constance in ‘’Entführung aus dem Serail’’, Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’, the title role in 'Lakmé', Juliette in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ and had a special success in 1938 as Ophélie in ‘’Hamlet’’. In 1937 she made her debut at the Opéra-Comique in Paris as Rosina in ‘’Il Barbieri di Siviglia’’ and appeared there also as Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’,  Mireille and as Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’. In 1953 she retired from the stage. Then she became a president of the Conservatoire in Nice.

Chronology of some appearances

1924 Opéra de Monte-Carlo Pelléas et Mélisande (Boy Yniold)
1934 Paris Grand Opéra Rigoletto (Gilda)
1937 Paris Opéra-Comique Il Barbieri di Siviglia (Rosina)


Odeon, Paris  1930-06-20
Manon (Massenet): J'ecris a mon pere with Charles Friant 123706 xxP 7090
Manon (Massenet): Vous aimer with Charles Friant 123706 xxP 7091

HMV, Paris 1934
Don Juan (Mozart): Viens, une voix with André Pernet Gramophone DA 4850

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Henri Albers (Baritone) (Amsterdam 1866 – Paris 1925)

He was at first an actor. After some appearances in operettas he made his opera debut in 1886 with the role of Méphistophéles (‘’Faust’’ Gounod) at  Hollandsche Opera company of  De Groot. Here he sang in 1889 in the premiere of 'Brinio' (Simon van Milligen). After 1890 guest appearances in Europa and later in America(Metropolitan Opera). From 1899 to his dead he joined the Opera Comique in Paris, where he sang the title role in the premiere of ‘’Macbeth’’ (E Bloch). He specialised above all to the French repertory. Debuted (1889) in Amsterdam as Gounod's Méphistophélès (‘Faust’’). He toured the U.S.with Jean de Reszke, Nellie Melba, and Emma Calvé before appearing with the Metropolitan Opera in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ as Mercutio (1898). Albers remained with the Metropolitan for one season and then returned to Europewhere he made his mark on the French stages. He appeared frequently at the Opéra-Comique, Covent Garden, and at the Monnaie in Brussels. Seen here as Scarpia.

Chronology of some appearances

1886 Hollandsche Opera company
1889 Hollandsche Opera company
1899 Paris Opera Comique


Pathé cylinders & discs, Paris 1904/1905
Roi de Lahore (Massenet): Promesse de mon avenir 966
Grisélidis (Massenet): L'oiseau captif 971
Hamlet (Thomas): Comme une pâle fleur 973

Odeon, Bruxelles 1906-07?
Faust (Gounod): Invocation 36663 XF782

Edison cylinders, Paris 1907?
Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Air 17788
Louise (Charpentier): Air du père 17832

Pathé, Paris 1907/1908
Le Cor (Flégier)
Le Clairon (Deroulède) 4779

Pathé, Paris 1910 – 1912
Sigurd (Reyer): Et toi, Fréïa 402
Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Voici des roses 410
Muette de Portici (Auber): Amour sacre with Vaguet 561
L'Aigle (Nougues): Ah! mes fideles 793
Carmen (Bizet): Je suis Escamillo with de Poumayrac 976
Aben-Hamet (Dubois): Reine, toi qu'Hamet 996
Tosca (Puccini): Si pour de beaux yeux 999

Pathé, Paris 1912
Complete Favorite (Donizetti): with Lassalle, de Poumayrac, Lapeyrette, Marvini and Ganteri

Pathé, Paris 1912
Complete Traviata (Verdi): with Troselli and Morlet

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Aug 28, 2017

Lina Aimaro (Soprano) (Torino 1914 - Desenzano del Garda 2000)

She studied at the  Accademia di Musica di Milano under Mario Pieraccini and then at the Conservatorio Verdi di Milano. She made her debut at the Teatro Puccini of Milano in Rossini’s ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’ (1935). In 1939 she already sang at La Scala in Bellini’s ‘’Sonnambula’’. Appeared there also as Angelica in ‘’ Il malato immaginario’’. In Milan togheter with Gacomo Lauri-Volpi and Gino Bechi she performed in ‘’Rigoletto’’, then in ‘’I trionfi’’ of Carlo Orff under the direction of Herbert Von Karajan. Her artistic career lasted from 1935 to 1951. She also sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She married lawyer Aldo Bailey (1893-1960). At the end of artistic career, and after her husband's death she settled Lago di Garda di Sirmione, built the Kursaal Theatre, where, in addition to teaching, he promoted concerts and opera singing Competitions.

Chronology of appearance

1935 Milano Teatro Puccini Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)


Columbia, Milano 1936
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Una voce poco fa GQX10982 CBX1439

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Aug 21, 2017

Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnack (Tenor) (Duboutz, Ukraine 24. 7. 1895 † Munich, Germany 23. 1. 1960)

His real name was Orest Rusnak. He was of Ukrainian descent and took part in the First World War as an officer of the Austrian-Hungarian army. In 1917 he fell into Russian war. Here he excited sensation singing Ukrainian songs in camp evenings. After his dismissal he began in 1918 his education under Eugene Fuchs in Prague. He made his debut in 1923 at the Municipal Theater of Olmütz (Olomouc) as Rodolfo in ‘’La Bohème’’. In the 1924-1926 seasons he appeared at the Municipal Theater in Königsberg, from 1926 to 1927 at the Municipal Theater of Szczecin. After additional education with Jacques Stückgold in Berlin and with Lari in Milan he became a soloist of the Municipal Theater of Chemnitz (1928-1930). In the 1930-1931 season he was engaged by the Municipal Theater of Graz. Since 1931 he was a principal tenor of the Munich State Opera and started to appear under the name Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnak. He formed his artistic name Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnak from the name of his favorite hero, the Rudolf  in ‘’La Bohème’’ and the family name of his wife Elisabeth Gerlach. Till 1937 he remained a member of the Munich Opera, where he also performed in the premiere of the opera ‘’Lucedia’’ by Vittorio Giannini (1934). In 1938 he made guest appearance at the Vienna State Opera. In the 1941-1942 season he was engaged by the Municipal Theater in Bremen, in the 1942-1944 seasons he was a soloist of the  Municipal Theater in Innsbruck. In 1945 he joined again to the Munich Opera. After a cardiac infarction in 1946 he remained ill, however, undertook in the 1956-1957 season again a tour through Canada and the USA.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Olmütz Municipal Theater
1924-1926 Königsberg Municipal Theater
1926-1927 Szczecin Municipal Theater
1928-1930 Chemnitz Municipal Theater
1930-1931 Graz Municipal Theater
1931-1945 Munich State Opera


HMV/Electrola, Berlin 1932-10-06
Trovatore (Verdi): Dass nur für mich dein Herz erbebt EG2636 (60-2068)
Trovatore (Verdi): Lodern zum Himmel (w. chorus) EG2636 (60-2069)
Tosca (Puccini): Und es blitzen die Sterne EG2637 (60-2070)
Tosca (Puccini): Wie sich die Bilder gleichen EG2637 (60-2071)

HMV/Electrola, Berlin 1932-10-31
Postillon de Longjumeau (Adam): Freunde, vernehmet die Geschichte EH811 (62-1017)
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Ha, welch ein reizendes Bild (Plus blanche) EG2698 (60-2154)
Martha (Flotow): Ach so fromm EH811 (62-1017)
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Wunderbares Land EG2698 (60-2155)

HMV/Electrola, Berlin 1933-09-28
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Du meiner Väter Hütte (Asile héréditaire) EG2886 (60-2412)
Fra Diavolo (Auber): Dorina, jene Kleine so jung und schön EG2887 (60-2414)
Alessandro Stradella (Flotow): Horch', Liebchen, horch' (Ständchen) EG2886 (60-2413)
Alessandro Stradella (Flotow): Tief in den Abruzzen EG2887 (60-2415)

HMV/Electrola, Berlin 1933-10-19
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön EG2910 (60-2448)
Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): Ich höre wie im Traume EG2910 (60-2449)

HMV/Electrola, Berlin 1933-10-20
Favorite (Donizetti): Engel so rein EG2911
Aida (Verdi): Einne Heerschaft tapferer Männer... Holde Aida EH849 (62-1065)
Bohème (Puccini): Wie eiskalt ist dies Händchen EH849 (62-1064)

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Blanche Hamilton Fox (Mezzo-Soprano) (Boston, USA ? - ?)


Born Blanche Hamilton Fox. She was a leading mezzo-soprano of the Boston Opera. First she studied at the Academy of Notre Dame in Rosbury, then continued her education at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Probably she made her debut in 1906 at the Teatro Cressoni of Como in G. Donizetti’s ‘’Favorita’’. In Italy she appeared on the stages as Bianca Volpini and made only two recordings there for Odeon.

Chronology of some appearances

1906 Como Teatro Cressoni  Favorita (Leonora)
1907 Pisa Politeama Aida (Amneris)
1908 MantovaTeatro Sociale  Stagione
1909 New York Academy of Music Teatro Princess Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola)


Odeon Fonotipia, Milano 1906-01-01
Il trovatore (Verdi): Stride la vampa! 37429 xM 791
Il trovatore (Verdi): Giorni poveri vivea 37444 xM 792

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Mathilde Saïman (Soprano) (Algiers 9 December 1891– Paris September 1940)

In 1914 she made her debut at the Paris Opéra-Comique in G. Charpentier's ‘’Louise’’ and remained at this opera house during the following seasons. In 1915 she appeared as Pierre in the première of the opera ‘’Les cadeaux de Noël’’ by X. Leroux. Two years later she performed there in the French premiere of A. Messager's ‘’Béatrice’’ (as Lélia, 1917). In 1923 she sang at the Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique of Paris in ‘’Quo vadis?’’ by Jean Nouguès.

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Paris Opéra-Comique Louise (Grisette)
1915 Paris Opéra-Comique Les cadeaux de Noël (Pierre)
1917 Paris Opéra-Comique Béatrice (Lélia)
1923 Paris Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique Quo vadis


Pathé, Paris 1917?
Manon (Massenet): Adieu, notre petite table 0168 3083 
Fille du Régiment (Donizetti): Salut à la France 0168 3084

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Aug 20, 2017

Dolorès de Silvera (Contralto)

In 1920's she appeared at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Probably she had a short career. She made a few records for Columbia.

Chronology of some appearances

1921 Théâtre du Châtelet Concerts Colonne
1924 Paris Opéra-Comique Werther (Charlotte)


Columbia, Paris 1928-02-25
Werther (Massenet): Larmes D12043 L934
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix D12043 L1190

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Jul 26, 2017

Marius Jørn-Nielsen (Tenor) (Denmark, Copenhagen 20. 5. 1881 - Denmark, Copenhagen 8. 11. 1934)

The Son of butter trader he studied singing under Poul Bang. He made his debut at the Royal Danish Opera House on 17. 01. 1909 as Turridu  in "Cavalleria Rusticana". Later he sang here the part of Don José in "Carmen", Canio in "Pagliacci" and Faust. In the 1912-1913 season he appeared at the ‘’Casino’’. From 1923 he worked at the Royal Danish Opera House as reserve prompter. During his career he also sang in operettas.

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Copenhagen Royal Danish Opera House
1912-1913 Copenhagen Casino


Dansk Fonograf Magasin - Pathé cylinders & discs, København 1910?
Carmen (Bizet): Don José's romance 100893

Bohème (Puccini): Saa kold den lille haand er D8036

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Jun 18, 2017

Manuel Romero Malpica (Baritone) (Puebla City, Mexico 10. 05.1874 - Mexico City, Mexico 1939)

First he studied with his father José Romero Malpica, who was the director of military bands and with his mother, actress and an opera singer. He continued his vocal training under Lion and Carnelli and on January 29, 1902 made his debut in G. Verdi’s ‘’Il Trovatore’’ at the Teatro María Guerrero of his hometown. He appeared in Mexico until 1905 and the next year went to USA. He became a member of several opera companies, included Boston Opera Company and San Carlo Opera Company. Later he appeared in Italy, France and Spain, made successful guest appearances in Central and South America. He returned to Mexico, where continued his career. In 1938 he sang the part of Rigoletto at the Palacio de Bellas Artes  in Mexico City. Shortly before his death he made his final appearance Teatro María Guerrero, where he and started his career. He was called ‘’Mexican Titta Ruffo’’. He could sing also parts of tenor, which he once done by replacing tenor Agnadi in USA. He made records for Columbia, Victor and Edison.

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Puebla Teatro María Guerrero Trovatore (Count di Luna)
1914 Mississippi Greenwood Theatre Faust (Valentine)
1914 Ashland Vining Theatre Faust (Valentine)
1938 Puebla Teatro María Guerrero Rigoletto (Rigoletto)


Victor, 1907-07-22

No lo diré (A. Pacheco) 62277-B
Mi morenita mía (Cancion) 62348-A

Columbia, Mexico City 1908-9
Perjura (Lerdo de Tejada) C 300 5851 

Edison 4-min cylinders, Spain? 1910?
La Bruja (Chapí): Jota (w. Jiménez) 22019
El Puñao de Rosas (Chapí): Dúo (w. Herrera) 22033

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Jun 16, 2017

Ferdinando Avedano (Tenor/Baritone) (Cuneo, Italia 1863 - San Francisco, USA after 1915)

He studied singing at the Liceo Musicale in Torino and made his debut in 1890 at Teatro Comunale of Vicenza as Pollione in ‘’Norma’’. In 1899 he went to USA and became a famous dramatic tenor, often appearing with Gaudenzio Salassa, a fine baritone. Probably in 1906 he changed to baritone, but mostly appeared in concerts. After his retirement,  he taught singing in San Francisco and often organized concerts of his pupils. He made a few records for Edison.

Chronology of some appearances

1890 Vicenza Teatro Comunale Norma (Pollione)
1891 Genova Politeama Genovese Due Foscari (Jacopo)
1893 Palermo Politeama Norma (Pollione)
1895 Milano Teatro Alhambra Trovatore (Manrico)
1898 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Aida (Radames)
1904 San Francisco Alhambra Theater Concert
1909 San Francisco Turner Hall Concert (Sang Si puo? from ‘’Pagliacci’’)
1912 San Francisco Concert of his pupils


Edison 4-min cylinder
Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell'amore with Oddo, Martinez & Colombati 7502 BA 22423

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Jun 15, 2017

Antonio Carrión (Tenor) (Valencia 1902 - Buenos Aires 1978)

He became an Argentinean citizen on March 3rd 1927. He studied in Rosariowith Mº Sismondo. Due to his excellent pitch, he was sent to study in Italy with Cavaliere Benedetto Luciniani. Two years later, he was heard by Commendatore Ferone in an audition at Teatro Alla Scala di Milano. Thereafter he started his career in different Italian theaters such as Nazionale di Milano, Adriano di Roma, Sociale di Campobasso, Vittorio Emmanuele di Torino Petrucelli di Bari etc., and southern Italy’s cities such as Reggio Calabria, Catanzaro, etc., were he sang his most representative operatic roles such as: Edgardo, Rodolfo, Fausto ( from Boito’s Mefistofele), Alfredo and Duca di Mantua. Because of his father’s death, he returned to Rosarioand made his debut at Teatro de la Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor followed by Rigoletto. In Buenos Aires, he made his debut at Teatro Politeama in Lucia di Lammermoor, and in Montevidero at Teatro Sodre with the same opera with Lily Pons and Victor Damiani and Mº Calussio at the podium. Then he was hired by Mº Paolantonio to tour in Brazil, performing at the teatro San Gaetano of Rio di Janeiro in Tosca, Boheme Traviata, Lucia, Rigoletto, and Cavalleria Rusticana. The tour ended with Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Paolantonio who was killed the day after during a rehearsal. After many recitals, he returned to Buenos Airesand few days later he was called urgently from Porto Alegre, where he had to replace Beniamino Gigli in Lucia, besides Bidu Sayao. In Argentina he sang in many provincial theaters , his repertory was Carmen, Aida, Rigoletto, Pagliacci and Lucia In the seasons of 1942 up to 1945, he sang many times at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile: Trovatore, Lucia, Caupolicán ( by Remigio Acevedo), in the world premiere), Aida Trovatore, Cavalleria, Sayeda (by Pisquert), Ballo in maschera, Tosca and Rigoletto. He sang also at Valparaiso in Trovatore, Rigoletto, Butterfly, etc. In 1945 he made a Latin American tour with his wife the s. Angelici, this tour started in Lima (Perú) with Lucia and during 10 months they were singing in many important theaters operas such: Traviata, Tosca, Rigoletto, Marina and Lucia in cities such, Cali, Bogotá, Medellin, Caracas, Quito, Maracaibo, etc. After that in Buenos Aires, he sang in La Rural de Palermo with the Teatro Colon Company in Aida , and several operas at the Argentino de La Plata. During all his career, he was very close to the Teatro Marconi. This was the theater were all the Argentinean opera singers of those days prepared their main roles and it was their way into the Colon. Carrion was also manager and producer of this theater during the 50’s. In the early 60’s, he often sang at the "Lunes líricos", (lyrical Monday), were the young conductor Miguel Angel Veltri started in the opera world. His last performance was Il Trovatore, during those cycles. After he retired, he taught singing. 

Chronology of some appearances

1942-1945 Santiago de Chile Teatro Municipal Trovatore, Lucia, Caupolicán, Aida Trovatore, Cavalleria, Sayeda, Ballo in maschera, Tosca and Rigoletto


Private record
Ugonotti (Meyerbeer):  Bianca al par 

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M. J. Amani (Baritone)

Baryton du Théâtre royal d'Anvers


Le Pardon de Ploermel (Meyerbeer): Romance de Hoël D14210 LX159
Mireille (Gounod): Air d'Ourrias  D14210 LX160

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May 21, 2017

Nelly Martyl (Soprano) (1884 - 1953)

Born Nelly Adèle Anny Martin. She studied singing at the Conservatoire National de Paris under Martini and Isnardon. In 1906 she won a price and made her debut in 1907 at the Grand Opéra in Paris as Naiade in ‘’Armide’’ of Gluck. Then she sang there the part of Rafaële in ‘’Patrie’’ by Paladilhe and also appeared in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Catalane’’ of Le Borne (24. 5. 1907). In 1909 she joined to the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Here she sang many parts and performed also in several premieres.  In 1912 she participated there in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Sorcière’’ by Camille Erlanger (as Juana). Her repertoire included Rosenn in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’ of E. Lalo, Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’, Sophie in ‘’Werther’’ of J. Massenet, Fatima in ‘’Le Caïd’’ of A. Thomas, Laurette in ‘’Richard Coeur-de-Lion’’ of Grétry, Cupid in ‘’Orpheus’’ of Gluck and Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’. Beyond the French metropolis she appeared also in French provincial theaters and made guest appearances at the Opéra Monte-Carlo (among other things in 1922 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Amadis’’ of J. Massenet) and undertook a tour through Romania. Married the known painter Georges Scott Plagnolles (1873-1942).

Chronology of some appearances

1907 Paris  Grand Opéra
1909 Paris  Opéra-Comique


Gramophone, Paris  13-7-11
Mireille (Gounod): O Magali, ma bien-aimée with E. Tirmont 034106 01992v

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Niny Roussel (Soprano)

                                                                   with Yvonne Brothier

In 1920's she appeared with success at the Paris Opera-Comique.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Paris Opera-Comique Lakmé (Lakmé) with Miguel Villabella, Julien Lafont and Andre Goavec
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Le barbier de Séville  (Rosina) with Maurice Capitaine, M. Guenot, M. Bourbey and M. Vigneau
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Mireille (Mireille) with M. Farini, M. Vigneau and M. Guenot
1925 Paris Opera-Comique Carmen (Micaela) with M. Marcelin, M. Vigneau and Lyse Charny
1931 Paris Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique Ciboulette (Ciboulette) opérette by Robert dc Flers and Francis de Croisset


Pathé, Paris 1929?
Lakmé (Delibes): Air des clochettes 7176 N201650
Mireille (Gounod): Valse 7176 N201650

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