Last not least, please don't forget to check the search list time and again.
A (not entirely) personal matter
When I took this site over, it was meant as a hobby; but soon, it became clear that if I want to ever see this task
completed, it's way too time-consuming for a hobby. And so I've been working almost full-time on it for about six years now.
A full-time, but of course unpaid work; with some older investments, and the occasional return into my former job, I was able
to afford it. But in the aftermath of the corona crisis, with the soaring inflation that plagues Europe, this setup is no longer
sustainable, and I'm short of about 17'000 Euros per year. This is going to eat up my savings in the foreseeable future.
Now I'm fully aware that my own personal survival is of no concern to any of the users of this site; but it's inextricably
linked with the future of Historical Tenors. So if you want this tenor encyclopedia to live on, please donate whatever you can; every amount, small or big, will be very welcome.
Updates of incomplete old files, letter Z:
- the biographies of Zambon and Zenatello
- the picture and amended biography of Zulian
- the pictures of Zakharov and Zambruno
- the picture and updated discography of Zocchi
- the picture and updated discography and chronology of Zunino
- and last not least, Zhang is new on the site.
Other than that, we have now a page on Rondelet and another recording, with label scan, of
Smallest batch of updates: the Y tenors, now with:
- pages on Yamaji and Alexander Young
- the biography of Yonezawa, with an additional picture
- the pictures and enhanced biography of Yacazzi
Other than that, we have now also a page on Seydel.
This year's season greetings come from our incredibly generous contributor Anton Bieber and from Erich Schröter, respectively.
Other than that, we have Bobrov new on the site, and Jan
Novotny has been moved where he belongs, to the German section (now with biography).
Back online: the Non-Tenor Zone, with either rare or funny material from other
vocal keys. It now contains a page on Giusti, a thorough discussion of the anonymous
1903 recordings attributed to Cotogni (with several new sound files), the
biographies of Casini, Walter Fink, Svéd and Zaremba, the biography and picture
of Stecchi, the picture of Shore, biography,
picture and an additional recording of Sinjavskaja, and the voices and pictures
of Maero and Manikas. Also,
don't miss the great comparison of Il Grande Inquisitor
recordings – 45 of them, so far. And last not least, a spin-off of this section is a new entry on Quasthoff in Secret Tenor Dreams.
New feature on the site: a search list, where I'm calling for specific contributions of material
that I'm not otherwise able to find.
Historical Tenors has now even an Instagram account, another
contribution by my wife Evelyn Dawid. Content is strictly going to be different from our Facebook account: on
Instagram, each post will be triggered by an opera performance that we've recently attended, with links to historical
interpreters of the respective tenor role, usually on this website obviously.
Another round of typo corrections has been completed (thousands of typos, literally). A few more visible improvements come with
it: biography updates of Ferrara, Solman and Zdravkov as well as a new picture of Sevastyanov
substituting the unsatisfactory old one.
- almost new pages on de Luca, Günther-Braun, Matthéi (with his first biography ever, a major undertaking, based
on his personal archive, plus many pictures and additional recordings), Senius (including a
picture that really shows him, as opposed to the one previously on the site that probably showed his brother, an operetta
baritone), Soot, Streitmann and Raoul Walter
- the biographies and discographies of Batz, Fritz Birrenkoven and Tamini (the first
reasonably complete Tamini biography ever, very interesting)
- the (new) discographies of Sembach and Wagner.
Due extraordinary update: a clarification on the fact that Russian and Ukrainian speaking
tenors form one section on Historical Tenors, and that this site structure is not at all meant to support the felonious
Russian policy towards Ukraine.
Last round of updates before I tackle the German speaking tenors:
New tenors: Holynskyj, Pshenichnyj, Rekalo and Ruban.
Additional recordings (many with label scans) of Glushakoŭ, Helder, Schmitt-Walter, De Bernardi, Ederle, Chamlee and MacEwan.
The German section will hopefully be uploaded by the end of March, but don't be surprised if it's going to be April (I wouldn't
be surprised, either).
The biography and voice of Chardy, which is also an appropriate upload for the current season.
New on the site: Mikas Petrauskas.
New pictures of Laber and his tomb. The picture and additional recordings of Perret; picture, biography and an additional recording of Tirmont.
The corrected biography of Sloman.
The biography and additional pictures of Doussant; an additional picture of Jess Thomas.
More Baltic tenors (many of them for the sake of completeness and/or rarity rather than for artistic value): Ani, Baltiņš, Montvidas, Peep (recommended), Poriņš, Tunce, Vanags (recommended), Vasiljevs, plus one who made no records: Jēkabsons.
The next batch of the old "East European" section is back in more manageable format: the Baltic
tenors, including a few comprimari. This is a very particular chapter: in those
tiny three countries, we're coming pretty close to our utopian aim of representing really every tenor; closer than in any
Another update to the Norman Harper page: of the previously undated concert, date and place
could be traced; plus there's another picture and amusing story, about Harper's Otello dagger.
The articles written by Daniele Godor are back online, as far as still relevant and
as far as compatible with this site's committment to seriosity. This chapter contains not only text, most articles come with
their own sound files. One Godor text that is as
yet missing although it will eventually return is his biography on Max Lorenz, to be incorporated into the Lorenz page as
soon as the German tenors will be reproposed.
Another cast list has resurfaced: Rossini's Otello in the 19th century.
New to the site: Jacobsen.
Picture and career outline of Li Vigni, who has been moved from the Comprimari to the English
Additional recordings, with label scans, of Andrijenko and Miltschinoff.
Another exciting Norman Harper update: live recordings of two complete concerts have been
found – ten selections from the (much) better of those two concerts are now presented here, among them a lied by a prolific
20th century composer of whose works not a single recording seemed to exist, until now: Eric-Paul Stekel.
The Norman Harper saga continues: here's the story of his association with the Ring –
Rubinstein's Ring, not Wagner's!
While I've been busy with the Russian and Ukrainian tenors for almost five months, a lot of other material has accumulated. Here we go:
- a spectacular upload on Norman Harper, now moved from the No Record
to the English Speakers section – always thought to never have recorded, he did in
fact, and Historical Tenors is proud to present his complete recorded output, along with a wealth of pictures, his biography,
discography and an exhaustive outline of his stage career. This is stuff rarer than star dust! (The link to the baritone recordings
will, like all baritone links on this site so far, not work until the Tenors in Disguise section is back online.)
- the picture of Damiro, and additional pictures of Uzunov, Cougé, Dran and Cadiou
- new singers on the site: Cheetham, Thorpe and Bispham
- additional recordings, all with label scans, of Delorko (a very good and sorely underrated
singer), Tokatyan, Erik Schmedes, Polverosi, Louis Berthaud (delightful!), Capitaine, McCormack (with quite spectacular label pictures!),
Titterton, Affre, Kingston,
MacEwan and Pike
- a newspaper article on Todaro
- further information on the career of Tedeschi
- an addition to the discography of Gautier, with label scan.
Text-only again: the chapter Reviews & Recollections is back. It contained a lot of
hopelessly outdated material, fights about websites that
have long ceased to exist, reviews of CDs or CD-ROMs that have been unavailable for times immemorial and had been produced in so small quantities
that most probably not a single specimen is still playable... all that is of course not reproposed; the rest of the section provides some most
interesting reading, though.
Additional recordings, all with label scans: Miltschinoff, Anton Dermota,
Orlandis. Updated discography of De Munnynck.
More text-only stuff, the smallest of all sections on the site: Wagner tenors during Wagner's lifetime.
Another lot of updates: brandnew pages on Scopinich (recording, label scan, discography and chronology),
Altéry (biography, pictures, recordings and discography) and Haley (recording and label scan); the voice of Sangiorgi; the voice,
additional pictures and a new discography of Anzani; additional recordings, photos and label scans of Affre; discography, additional recordings and pictures of Albert Alvarez;
additional recordings plus label scans of Malesci, Dambrine, Rayner, Perea, Lanzirotti, Crimi, d'Arkor (beautiful singing, and finally someone who knows how to
pronounce Latin perfectly!), Helder and Régis; two
more catalogue-with-hand-written-letter scans, this time of Ben Davies and
Vaguet; and the picture of Van der Heyden.
A zillion of typos and layout glitches have been corrected throughout all sections. Even some picture links were broken!, and nobody ever
adverted me. Please: in the sections that have been made available again, every tiny bit and file is in place – if anything results
inaccessible, there's just a typo in the html code, so please be kind enough to send me an email and point out the mistake.
New reloaded batch: French speaking tenors, now including a page on
LaFond. The page on Doniat has been revamped and also comes with several
additional recordings. Further new features are: the voice of Oger; biographical notes on
Moutia, André Jobin, Pierre Fleta,
Gluck and Voisin; picture plus biographical notes of Gonet; updated
discography of Bensa; revamped text on and one additional recording of
Alagna. Some wrong speeds have been corrected, such as the file that made
Galand sound like a bass-baritone. And of course, part of the upload are also the francophone tenors
from the 19th century, those who made no records,
and the comprimari (now with an additional recording – Nessun dorma –
of Pottier, and updated biographical notes on Bonneval
The page of Vilary was still missing from the Belgian section and has now been reinstalled. Furthermore, a
playbill of Van Dyck has been added.
The times they are a-changin': Historical Tenors has been endowed with a Facebook page by my wife... go figure!
Let's try and teach the Social Media crowd some basics about real (as opposed to modern) singers, hehe. On a serious note, that
Facebook page is going to be useful for everybody, also for you: it's going to help select from the abundance of material in this
encyclopedia, and it's going to provide interesting comparisons with contemporary tenors that I'm typically reluctant to include here
(talk about snobbish attitudes).
Some hitherto missing pages have been reinstalled: Lamy and Todaro
(now with short biographical notes) in the Italian, van Vrooman and
Li Vigni (with biographical notes) in the comprimari and English speakers section, respectively, Laho
in the Belgian section, Osselly among the Belgian "no record" tenors as well as
Augustini in Secret Tenor Dreams.
There is also an addition of doubtful value in the Scandinavian section: a page on Wågsjö.
New, perhaps vital and certainly interesting information:
- site history
- site present, or you might call it the instructions for use – very important!
- site future, perhaps the most important of all: your contributions, please!!
Back online: the Belgian tenors; the Ansseau page comes
now with his discography, more information on his career and many new pictures. Further back online: Belgian tenors who left
no records, including an entirely new page on Arnold;
Belgian tenors active in the 19th century; plus the Belgian
I'm finally back at work on the website: the page on Nardelli has been entirely revamped. The
formerly misfiled page on Carlo Bino has been relocated to the Italian section and enhanced with a
Running this website is unfortunately not my full-time job, although it could easily fill a full-time schedule... so progress is slower
than what I'd wish it to be. Currently, I'm totally blocked for some months – the next uploads (it will be the Belgian tenors
section) are only to be expected in March or early April 2019. But then, it's going to become better, and I'll steadily work on the
website for almost the entire rest of the year. Stay tuned!
Two additional pictures of Bergman; a new and much better discography of
Noval, who has been moved from the No Record to the Scandinavian section; the discography,
filmography and additional pictures of Galliano Masini.
Please re-check the no records section: a few names were erroneously missing from the index.
Italian additions: the voice, picture and discography of Roselli and Seri; a totally revamped page on
Lugo, now with
biography, discography and filmography, and with lots of new pictures; the picture and discography of Rocca; discography and additional pictures of Baroni; illustrated discography of
Romeo Berti, plus his Esprits gardiens recording is now in correct pitch; revamped discography and
additional pictures of Di Mazzei; discography and additional recording of Sembri; an additional recording of
Back: Italian comprimari; Italian 19th century tenors;
and Italian tenors who left no records (all three now also organized by geographic and
linguistic criteria, like the rest of the site).
Entirely new is a fantastic, incredibly exhaustive page on Cardinali, François Nouvion's last
article for this site, almost completed on his death. The page on Del Corso has been totally revamped.
Short biographical notes on Marciano have been added.
Second reloaded batch: Italian tenors, the largest of all sections.
Entirely new: the page on Comacchio as well as the (admittedly
offbeat and most probably dispensable) pages on Carrisi and Taormina;
plus the page still prepared (but not yet published) by François Nouvion on Oneto;
further the picture, chronology, biography and discography of Zonghi; the picture, chronology and
discography of Lanzirotti, Re and
Vaccari; the discography and an additional recording of Cibelli; the
voices of Gasparini, Lupato and
Marletta; the voice and picture of Verso; the picture of
Lega; the picture and discography of Malesci; updated discographies of
Polverosi and Sorrentino; updated chronologies and discographies
of Siroli and Taliani; as well as – in some cases just very short
– biographical information on Angione, Caruso Jr.,
De Santis, Stefano Ferrari,
Lamberti, Ragonese, Rocca,
Spruzzola Zola, Stuarti and Zulian. Further, the page on
Maggi has been revamped and contains now also his discography. Quite a lot of sound files have been
corrected in pitch, notably those of Zaccari (who sounded, at the chosen transfer speed, much
like a boy soprano) as well as several Di quella pira recordings that
had been tuned up to high Cs that the respective tenors never had sung. Finally, the (incomplete) Nessun dorma recording by
La Scola has been substituted by an extremely similar but complete version.
The first section to be reinstalled is Asian tenors. In that section, you'll find the complete uploads of
François Nouvion; new additions are the short biographical information on Deng and the pictures of
Nakajima, Shin and Wu; completely new are the pages on Chang and