• Tito Schipa

    Tito Schipa

    Raffaele Attilio Amadeo Schipa – Tito – was born in Lecce at the end of 1888, although the birth records show the date 2 January 1889. This was a deliberate ploy on part of his father in order to defer military service for an additional …

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  • Mariano Stabile

    Mariano Stabile

    The baritone Mariano Stabile was born into a highly distinguished family in Palermo, Sicily on May 12th 1888. His early desire to study singing did not match at all what his family had planned for their son`s future. He eloped to Naples where he soon …

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  • Gertrude Kappel

    Gertrude Kappel

    Gertrude Kappel was born on September 1st 1884 in Halle an der Saale, Germany. started to study singing at the Leipzig Conservatory as a pupil of Arthur Nikisch. Already on the occasion of her debut at the Opera House of Hanover in Beethoven´s “Fidelio“ in …

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  • Lily Pons

    Lily Pons

    Alice Joséphine Pons was born on April 12th 1898 (not 1904 as the Diva later sustained) at Draguignan near Cannes in the South of France. She studied piano at the Consérvatoire Paris but soon decided that she was to become a singer and studied singing …

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  • Pia Tassinari

    Pia Tassinari

    Pia Tassinari, born on September 15th 1903 in Modigliana (near Forlì), was considered one of the most popular and successful singers in Italy in the Thirties and Fourties. Her real first name was Domenica which was changed into Pia when she started her artistic career. …

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