Additions to the Arnold listings: new pages on Terkal, Grigorij Bolshakov and Fedotov, updated
list of performances of Norman Harper, a review on the Arnold of Ferendinos.
An additional picture of Miltschinoff. New recordings with label scans: Martinez-Patti, Miltschinoff,
Widdop, Graveure and Mullings.
The last (and best) of the text-only chapters is back: the phenomenal Arnold listings of François
Nouvion – an attempt of listing all tenors who ever sang Arnold in Guillaume Tell since the
1829 world premiere, all performances they sang, with complete casts. A Mission Impossible, of course, but the necessarily incomplete results
are fascinating enough. The chapter now includes a lot of updates: additional performances, completed casts, and totally new pages on
Adams, Albelo, Alberti,
Broulik, Ellinger, Gunz,
Hymel, Tibor Kelen, Link,
Müller, Néqueçaur, Peschier,
Riese and Sempere; plus new pictures of
Fonteix jeune, Carrère, Abonil and
A lot of additional recordings, all with label scans: of Raichev, Pattiera,
Naval, Glynne, Oscar Ralf,
Tedeschi, Oppezzo, Lanzirotti,
Lara and Maison; a label-and-sleeve scan of
A section with articles by various authors is back: most prominent among them is Joseph Shore
(not only a remarkable baritone and deeply responsible voice teacher, but not least an excellent writer!), but there are also texts by
François Nouvion and, particularly enjoyable, two witty and insightful articles by authors who preferred to remain anonymous.
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hopelessly outdated material, fights about websites that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.
A small new chapter is back, no sound, this time, text only, but some great research work behind it: extensive
cast lists of performances of eight operas with spectacular tenor roles, Il trovatore,
Les huguenots, Otello, Robert le diable, I puritani, Iris, Ernani and Il piccolo Marat.
Additional recordings and label scans of Saint-Cricq, Cilla,
Carlo Ottolini, Krismer,
Cornelius and Herold.
First amendment to the heirloom organization of this site: the oversized and confusing "East European" section is broken up into six manageable
sections – the first of which is the newest chapter back online: the Balkan tenors, i. e. those from
Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia. New in this section: a page on Paçuku;
additional recordings of Reja, Jelačin and Bojidar
Nikolov; the biographies of Soljanich, Tagger and
An additional picture of Zenatello. Additional recordings (with label scans) plus discography of Gautier; many further recordings and label scans of
Lenghi-Cellini, Sardet, Galand,
Lapelletrie, Dambrine, Tudor Davies
and Charles Harrison.
New on the site: Cèbe. The historically always misfiled page on De Primo has been
added where it belongs, to the French section. Pictures of Lenghi-Cellini and Williams. Discography, additional recordings and label scans of Hérent. Additional recordings (most with label scans) of Spivak
(with discography update), Schipa, Pujol, Gluck and Rousselière. More glitches have been corrected: a few
sound files could not be opened because of typos in the html code; this concerned one recording each of Holecek, Orlandis, Bergonzi,
George Savelli, Capoul and Jussi Björling. Now, everything should work smoothly.
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; and two
more catalogue-with-hand-written-letter scans, this time of Ben Davies and
Vaguet; 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 comprimarii (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 comprimarii, and Laho
in the Belgian section, Osselly among the Belgian "no record" tenors as well as
Augustini in Secret Tenor Dreams.
A few further updates: additional recordings of Emilio Venturini; two more (positively
horrifying) recordings of Sloman; the picture of John Harrison;
a catalogue scan of (with a hand-written letter by) Edward Lloyd; recordings plus label scans of
Galbiero, Fort, Martini,
Hamlin, Peerce, Elwes,
David Lloyd, Jagel, John
Harrison, Coltham, Poul Schmedes,
Erik Schmedes, Hybinette,
Cunego, De Bernardi, Braglia,
Colli and Orlandis; label scans of
Cornelius, Colazza and Armanini.
A fun chapter is back: Secret Tenor Dreams, i.e. non-tenors singing tenor. Its design
has been changed so as to make it similar to the other sections (before, it had a totally different and rather ungainly appearance),
the content is of course the same as before, plus there are two new pages on Valle and Eröd.
A couple of updates: new pages on Carne, Glynne and
Watson; additional recordings (and their relative label scans) of Buti,
Daddi, Piccaver, Pike,
Lara, Lanzirotti, De Gregorio,
Edward Lloyd, Reed Miller, De Lucia,
Scalabrini, Hyde, Nash,
Ben Davies, Williams, Matroiani,
Gaetano Pini-Corsi, Borracelli,
Althouse, Booth, Martin,
Tom Burke, Titterton, Beddoe,
Ziliani, Graveure, d'Oisly,
Coates, Tudor Davies, Caffo and
Crimi; updated discography of Isalberti; pictures and additional
recordings of Forgeur.
Back online: the English speaking tenors, now with pages on Ford,
Potts (with additional recordings), Hanek,
Sloman (with an additional recording), Silver,
Venezia and Wolverton (the latter with two new recordings, one
of them adding to our Nessun dorma collection);
the voices of (and enhanced texts on) Gentile and Lane, the biography
and picture of Porretta III and Wilde, the biography and
discography of Murgatroyd, the discography of
Beddoe, the picture of d'Oisly, a new (better) picture
of Donaldson, a completely new biographical text on Donato, the
biographies of Crain, Curzi, Drost,
Ferendinos, Flagg, Johns,
Lakes, Lawrenz, Rosenberg,
Sydney and Talbot, a new introductory text on Silverbörg,
and revamped biographies of Simon O'Neill and Truhitte. The
enigmatic, wrong (or incompletely) labelled
and ultimately unidentifiable "Rapunzel" recording by Gerald Davies has been replaced by three musical
pieces of known identity, one of them belonging into our Nessun dorma collection.
Further back online: the
comprimarii, English speakers active in the 19th century, plus those who made
no records, now including a page on Halper.
A few additions in the Italian section: the biography, beautiful label scans, an updated discography
and an additional recording of Lenghi-Cellini; further label scans of
Scalabrini and Borracelli.
Lots of Belgian additions: spectacular material on Faniard: several additional recordings, among them
two hitherto unpublished ones from the private archive of his son, his biography (don't be fooled into
thinking you've read this biography on other operatic websites: this version is more complete and contains some informations that you'll find
nowhere else), discography, career chronology, repertory, additional pictures and some newspaper clips; a completely new page on
de Trévi, with bio- and (new) discography, pictures and many new recordings; a new recording,
additional pictures, biography and updated discography of Descamps; further recordings,
pictures, some career facts and (new) discographies of Gallins and
Huylbrock; the biography, many new pictures and two additional recordings of Verteneuil;
additional recordings and an updated and illustrated discography of Dehousse; updated discography,
additional recordings and pictures of Swolfs; many new pictures of
Delhaye; discography, career facts and more pictures of Rouffart;
biography, discography and additional pictures of Anspach;
career outline and additional pictures of De Guyse; career facts and updated discography of
Blaimont; updated discography of Lheureux. Completely new on
the site: De Munnynck, Weynandt and
De Jonghe. Among the Belgian comprimarii, we have an additional recording and an updated discography of
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.
A new links page is online.
Back: the Scandinavian section, including the fantastic
commented discography of Jussi Björling by Daniele Godor. Entirely new in that
chapter: the pages on Niels Hansen and Poul Schmedes (both still prepared by François Nouvion but so far
unpublished), on Pálsson and Vikström; short biographical notes on
Blanc; updated discographies of Graarud and
Ödmann. Also check the
no record section for a few further Scandinavian tenors.
Two new Italian discographies: Del Monaco and Filippeschi.
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 comprimarii; 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.
New page: contact and disclaimer.
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
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