• Giuseppe Bellantoni

    Giuseppe Bellantoni

    Born in Messina / Sicily in 1880 (unfortunately, it was impossible to trace the exact birth and death date) he first studied singing in his hometown and later in Rome with Antonio Cotogni. In 1905 he made his debut  at the opera house of Messina …

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  • Margarete Bäumer

    Margarete Bäumer

    One of Germany`s most successful and constant Wagnerian heroines and for a long time Leipzig`s leading dramatic soprano was Margarete Bäumer. Born on May 25th 1898 in Düsseldorf, she began to show her interest in music and theater at a very early age. After having …

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  • 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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  • 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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