George Hamlin's father had made a fortune with Hamlin's Wizard Oil, an all-purpose medicine uncannily reminding of Dulcamara's "specifico". And he invested that fortune into opera, building and managing the Grand Opera House in Chicago. George Hamlin was a pupil of, among others, George Henschel, and made his debut as a concert tenor in St. Louis in 1895, and became a successful concert tenor in the US and in Europe, and a recording artist for Victor.
I would like to thank Anton Bieber for the label scan and recording of Love's nocturne.
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Bohème) and notes.
Aida – ?, Concert, 1903
Samson et Dalila – ?, Concert
Natona – Chicago, Auditorium, 15 December 1911
Das Heimchen am Herd (composer Goldmark) – Philadelphia, 13 November 1912
I gioielli della Madonna – Chicago, Auditorium, 11 January 1913
Carmen – Chicago, Auditorium, 6 December 1913
Madama Butterfly – Chicago, Auditorium, 11 December 1913
I dispettosi amanti (composer Parelli) – Chicago, Auditorium, 25 December 1915
A lover's knot (composer Buchalter) – Chicago, Auditorium, 15 January 1916
Tosca – Chicago, Auditorium, 15 January 1916
Madeleine (composer Herbert) – Chicago, Auditorium, 18 November 1916
Le médecin malgré lui – New York, Lyceum, 10 May 1917
Der Schauspieldirektor – New York, Lyceum, May 1917
Reference 1: The Record Collector, Volume 45, No.4, December 2000
Reference 2: Anna M. Hamlin: Father was a tenor; Hacksville, New York, 1978