or Giorgio Lucà
Giorgos Chatziloukas (also transliterated as Yorgos and as Hatziloukas, respectively) was one of the first internationally known Greek tenors after the famous Giovanni Apostolou. During his Italian career (1901–1908), he used the stage name Giorgio Lucà.
CHRONOLOGY 1900 Athens, Municipal Theater (Ellinikon Melodrama) La bohème 14 April Dyo adelfoi (Two brothers) (Dionysios Lavrangas) (world premiere): Kostas Vakarellis (bar), Mihalis Vlachopoulos (bass) 24 April Piraeus, Municipal Theater La favorite: Athena Rousaki (ms), Kostas Vakarellis (bar) 3 December Rigoletto: Maria Taddolini (s), Kostas Vakarellis (bar) 7 December 1901 Torino, Teatro Carignano La traviata April 1902 Genova, Politeama Genovese Rigoletto November Oneglia, Teatro Umberto I° Faust 29 December 1903 Oneglia, Teatro Umberto I° Cavalleria rusticana January Varese, Teatro Sociale L'elisir d'amore September I puritani September Cittadella, Teatro Sociale Rigoletto October Milano, Società Luce e Ombra I travolti (Amato) (world premiere): Elisa Leveroni (s), Antonietta Benci (s), Alessandro Niccolini (bass) NovemberThis was a wildly weird enterprise: The Società Luce e Ombra (Light and Shadow Club) was an association of spiritists of a rather more extreme variety, and two of them, the Amato brothers, claimed to have been the vehicles for ghosts writing an opera libretto and the respective partition. The libretto was, as the president of the association proudly announced, better than anything by Boito or Illica, and the music was quite up to it. What a pity that this stroke of genius, sorry: of spirit, is completely forgotten and most probably even lost!
Reference: Luce e Ombra. Rivista mensile illustrata di scienze spiritualiste, no. 10 and 11/1903
1904 Perugia, Teatro Morlacchi I puritani 27 (or 28) July Savona August 1905 Athens, Municipal Theater Concert (arias included Che gelida manina, O soave fanciulla) 25 September 1906 Smyrna, Cocoli Theater Titles unknown June Faliro, New Greece Theater Rigoletto August Athens, Olympia Theater La traviata La bohème Il barbiere di Siviglia October İstanbul, International Theater La traviata October 1908 Athens, Odeon (Conservatory of Athens) Concert (arias from Mefistofele, Fedora, I puritani, Tosca, Pêcheurs de perles) (with Miss Lymberopoulou, Mrs. Georgantopoulou and Mr. Ioannis Tzoumanis) 25 September Athens, Municipal Theater (Ellinikon Melodrama) La bohème: Anderson (s) 30 December 1909 Athens, Municipal Theater (Ellinikon Melodrama) La bohème 3 April Athens, Municipal Theater (Ellinikon Melodrama) Dido (Dionysios Lavrangas) (world premiere) 19 April 1913 Athens, Municipal Theatre (Ellinikon Melodrama) La bohème: Eleni Vlachopoulos (s), Giannis Angelopoulos (bar), Mihalis Vlachopoulos (bs), Herc. Oikonomides (bar) 29 October Athens, Municipal Theatre (Ellinikon Melodrama) Faust: Paschalides (bs) 31 October 1914 Cyprus (Larnaka and Nikosia) Recitals (with Giannis Konstantinides, piano) May 1916 Athens, unknown venue Concert (with Miss Giannarou, soprano and Timotheos Xanthopoulos, piano) 3 March Athens, Olympia Theater (Ellinikon Melodrama) Il barbiere di Siviglia: Giannis Angelopoulos (bar), Mihalis Vlachopoulos (bs) 11 June 1918 Thessaloniki, unknown venue (Ellinikon Melodrama) Il barbiere di Siviglia: Lela Perpinia (s), Giannis Angelopoulos (bar), Mihalis Vlachopoulos (bs) 3 May Faust 22 May Rigoletto 23 May La favorite: Dolores Frau (ms) 24 May Il barbiere di Siviglia: Lela Perpinia (s), Giannis Angelopoulos (bar), Mihalis Vlachopoulos (bs) 10 June NOTE: For many years it was thought that Giorgio Lucà had sung at the Metropolitan Opera in New York during the 1907/1908 season, under the name of George Lucas. It has been demonstrated that the singer who sang at the Metropolitan was a French tenor, according to the New York Times of 19 November 1907: "George Lucas who will make his debut in the small role of the Abbé de Chazeuil, is a French tenor who made his debut at Geneva in 1898, and he has sung at Paris, Bordeaux, Nice, Lyon, Marseille, Antwerp, and New Orleans." Born 1868, Lucas sang at the Paris Opéra, with his wife Julia Lucas, in 1899/1900. Most of their careers took place in France. Suddenly Lucas was singing minor roles in New York (Met) and Philadelphia. After that, both of them seem to have disappeared. Therefore, the Greek tenor Giorgio Lucà never sang in the United States.
The author gratefully acknowledges Dr. Nicholas A. Peppas, Greek researcher, who kindly revised the draft of this work and made corrections and generously provided very important information concerning this now forgotten Greek tenor.
DISCOGRAPHY Fonotipia, Milano, 26 March 1906 xPh1730 To oneiron (Papageorgiou) 39580 xPh1731 Ela pame eis ta xena (Kokkinos) 39596 Fonotipia, Milano, 27 March 1906 xPh1732 Pes mou ti eho stin kardia (Rodios) 39581 xPh1733 Pembasmos (Rodios) unpublished xPh1734 Markos Botsaris (Carrer): O gero dimos 39582 xPh1735 To tsobanopoulo (Kokkinos) 39583 xPh1736 Petalouda (Kokkinos) 39584 xPh1737 Epistepsa (Lambelet) 39585 xPh1738 Matia pou den vlepoun (Papageorgiou) 39586 xPh1739 To magemena tis filia (Papageorgiou) 39587 Fonotipia, Milano, 14 November 1907 xPh2873 Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Ecco ridente in cielo unpublished xPh2874 Giati? (Xanthopoulos) 62146 xPh2875 Anamnisis tis Smyrnis (Xanthopoulos) 62145 xPh2876 Sta xena (Leonardos) 62144 xPh2877 Agrypia (Kokkinos) 62293 xPh2878 Tin ora ti stegni (Milanakis) 62189 xPh2879 Efyges (Maurogenis) 62147 Fonotipia, Milano, 14 December 1907 xPh3018 Son la villa solitaria (Tilasi) unpublished Fonotipia, Milano, 18 December 1907 xPh3036 Apohorismos (Lambelet) 62292 xPh3037 L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima 62297 xPh3042 Mefistofele (Boito): Dai campi, dai prati 62296 xPh3043 I puritani (Bellini): A te, o cara unpublishedSource for the discography: Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien
Photo (left): courtesy of Stathis Arfanis