Joseph Hislop

5 April 1884 Edinburgh – 6 May 1977 Lundin Links (Fife)

Picture of Joseph Hislop

Joseph Hislop sings Faust: Salut, demeure chaste et pure
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Hislop had always wanted to be a singer, but learned the trade of photoengraving first. An Edinburgh chorus master told him his voice would never suffice for a professional career, so he continued with photoengraving, and studied the new three-color process at a specialized London school residing in (and named after) Bolt Court. He was good enough that Bolt Court sent him to Göteborg in Sweden to introduce the three-color process at a company there. While in Göteborg, he sang in a male choir; he pleased – and left photoengraving, stayed in Sweden and studied voice in Stockholm, first with a private teacher, then he was accepted into the opera school at the Royal Opera.

He made his debut at that theater on 12 September 1914 as Gounod's Faust. He stayed at the Royal Opera until 1919, then he was at the San Carlo in Naples for one season. In 1920, he made his debuts both at Covent Garden (where he sang regularly until 1928) and in Chicago, where he was very successful as Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Cavaradossi, Duca, Radames and Roméo. In 1923, he was at La Scala as Edgardo, in 1924 at La Monnaie in Brussels, in 1925 at the Colón in Buenos Aires, in 1926 at the Paris Opéra as Rodolfo. But he continued to live in Stockholm, where he also regularly sang as a guest.

Stockholm was also where he sang his last performance in 1937. Already from 1936, he taught voice in Sweden, and had many really successful students until 1948 (Jussi Björling, Birgit Nilsson, Sven-Olof Sandberg, Hugo Hasslo, Alf Alfer, Conny Söderström, among others). From 1948 to 1952, he was a voice instructor at both Covent Garden and Sadler's Wells, and from 1952 to 1964, he taught at the Guildhall School in London (Peter Glossop was one of his students there).

Reference 1, reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens

I would like to thank Daniele Godor for the picture.
I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording.

Gillet på Solhaug – Stockholm, ?, 2? May 1914
Faust – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 12 September 1914
Madama Butterfly – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 29? September 1914
Marouf – Stockholm, Royal Opera House,March ? 1915
Mefistofele – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, April 1915
Les huguenots – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 1 January 1916
Lakmé – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 23 February 1916
Manon – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 29 March 1916
Roméo et Juliette – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, April 1916
Aida – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 16 August 1916
Rigoletto – Stockholm, Royal Opera House,13 March 1917
Cavalleria rusticana – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 4? June 1917
La bohème – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 14? September 1917
Tosca – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, late September 1917
Les pêcheurs de perles – Stockholm, Royal Opera House,12? February 1918
Violantha – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 19 September 1918
Pagliacci – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, November 1918
La traviata – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 27 December 1918
Lucia di Lammermoor – Napoli, San Carlo, 15 January 1920
Louise – Torino, Teatro Regio, 17 March 1923
Falstaff – Buenos Aires, Teatro Colón, 1 July 1925
Gianni Schicchi – Buenos Aires, Teatro Colón, 21 July 1925
Werther – Paris, Opéra Comique, 3 April 1926
Carmen – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, September 1928
Manon Lescaut – Stockholm, Royal Opera House, 22? November 1929
Frederica – Glasgow, King Theater, 1 September 1930
Wienervalsen – Djurgården, Cirkus Teater, September 1932
Merrie England – London, Princes Theater, 7 September 1934
Mignon – Gothenburg, Stora Teater, March 1936
Reference: Michael Turnbull Joseph Hislop, Scolar Press, 1992

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