Franz Naval


Franz Naval sings Die schöne Müllerin: Der Jäger
In RA format

Franz Naval sings La traviata: So hold, so reizend, with Frieda Hempel
Odeon 80032 (xxB 3829)
In RA format

Biographical notes

Franz Naval's real name was Franz Pogačnik. He was born on October 20th, 1865 in Ljubljana. Naval studied in singing in Ljubljana with A. Nedred, and then in Vienna with J. Gänsbacher. Naval made his debut in 1888 at Frankfurt in Martha; from 1895 to 1898, he sang at the Berlin Hofoper, and in 1898 at the Vienna Hofoper. 1900 to 1903, Naval sang in Paris, 1903-04 at the Met, in 1907 at Covent Garden in "The bartered bride". From 1903 to 1908, Naval was a permanent member of the Berlin Hofoper, and in 1908 with the Berlin Komische Oper. During this period, he was often the partner of Geraldine Farrar. Naval sang in opera for 20 years, but with diminishing success. For 30 years, Naval taught singing in Vienna. His best roles: Arnold, Tamino, Roméo and Turiddu. The singer recorded for the G&T corporation (1901-1909) and Odeon (1906-08, Vienna).

I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the biographical notes, picture and recording (Traviata).

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