• Domenico Viglione Borghese

    Domenico Viglione Borghese

    On July 3rd 1877, in the same year as Titta Ruffo, Domenico Viglione Borghese was born in Mondovì / Piemont. After having started agricultural studies in Milan which were soon abandoned, he started to have his voice trained at the Conservatory in Pesaro and by …

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  • Selma Kurz

    Selma Kurz

    Selma was born on November 15th 1874 in Bielitz-Biala. As a young girl she started to work as a seamstress in order to financially support her family. In answer to an announce she applied to become a member of Kantor Goldmann´s choir. Kantor Goldmann instantly …

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  • Gösta Winbergh

    Gösta Winbergh

    The Swedish tenor Gösta Winbergh studied engineering and played in a rock band through the 1960s, before pursuing vocal studies at the age of 24 in his home town, Stockholm.  His debut took place in Göteborg as Rodolfo in La Bohème (1973).  He became a …

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  • Janine Micheau

    Janine Micheau

    On April 17th 1914 Janine Micheau was born in Toulouse. At the local conservatory she began her vocal studies and later attended the Conservatoire National Paris. As Cherubino in “Le nozze di Figaro” Micheau made her debut in 1933 at the Opéra Comique and enjoyed …

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  • Robert Merrill

    Robert Merrill

    Robert Merrill was born Moishe Miller on June 4th 1917 in Brooklyn/New York. Like many artists of the „Italian department“ at the MET in these days, Merrill´s family, too, had their roots in Eastern Europe: his parents had emigrated from Poland some years before he …

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