• Germaine Lubin

    Germaine Lubin

    Germaine Lubin, arguably the greatest dramatic soprano France produced, was born on February 1st 1890 in Paris. For a certain time Lubin thought about following her father`s footsteps, who was a doctor, but she soon decided to study voice with de Martini and Isnardon at …

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  • Hilde Konetzni

    Hilde Konetzni

    For over fourty years Hilde Konetzni was been artistically associated with the Vienna State Opera, where she had given her debut as Elisabeth in “Tannhäuser“ on April 5th 1935. From that evening on she not only became one of the most popular members of the …

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  • Emmy Bettendorf

    Emmy Bettendorf

    Emmy Bettendorf, born on July 16th 1895 in Frankfurt am Main, already started to sing at a very tender age. The girl was not even 15 years old when she auditioned for the Opera House of Frankfurt where she accepted a two-year-contract in 1914 making …

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  • Benvenuto Franci

    Benvenuto Franci

    Benvenuto Franci born on July 1st 1891 in Pienza (Siena), was another pupil of the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome (Antonio Cotogni and Enrico Rosati were his teachers). In 1918 his debut in opera took place at Rome`s Teatro Costanzi in the role of Gianetto in …

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  • Else Gentner-Fischer

    Else Gentner-Fischer

    Else Gentner-Fischer was born on September 5th 1883 in Frankfurt am Main where she also began and finished her vocal studies. At the local Opera House she made her operatic debut in 1905 and in the same year married the tenor, Karl Gentner (1876-1922) who, like …

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