by Charles A Hooey
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(As “Richard Bunn”) WITH THE ABORN GRAND OPERA COMPANY
Aborn/Brooklyn Academy of Music DEBUT
21 April, 1915 MAT & EVG Faust as Valentin with Lydia Locke as Marguerite.
Il Trovatore as Di Luna
Gilbert and Sullivan tour
Aborn/Brooklyn Academy of Music
3 April, 1916 Rigoletto as Rigoletto with Mary Carson, Giuseppe Agostini. RB alternated with Millo Picco in other performances, also with Edith Helena and Genia Zielinska.
Pagliacci as Silvio
Aborn/Park Theatre, New York,
20 November, 1916 – 13 January, 1917 RB- ?
Aborn/Toronto, Canada, 26 March – 7 April, 1917 RB with Edith Helena, Bianca Sarroya, Grace Baum, Marie Louise Biggars, Lillian Eubanks, Giuseppe Agostini, Ernest Davis, Salvatore Giordano, George Shields; cond. Carlo Nicosia
RB alternating with Morton Adkins sang Rigoletto, Faust, Pagliacci (Silvio) and Il Trovatore (?).
Aborn/Brooklyn Academy of Music
16 April, 5 May, 1917 Rigoletto as Rigoletto (alternating with Vicente Ballester) with Nadina Legat/Francesca Milena (real name: Ruth Miller), Giuseppe Agostini/Andrea Arensen, Francis Tyler; cond. Max Fichandler.
3 – 5 May, 1917 Lucia di Lammermoor as Ashton (alternating with Ballester) with Nadina Legat/Francesca Milena, Giuseppe Agostini/Andrea Arensen, Francis Tyler/Louis Dellemolle.
Guest artist in opera, CUBA, 1917
1917 Chatauqua Festival, N.Y.- tour in De Koven’s Robin Hood
1917/1918 Drafted and service in the American Army.
GEORGE DE FEO GRAND OPERA COMPANY in HOUSTON, TEXAS
October, 1922 RB in Rigoletto, Il Barbiere, La Forza Del Destino (?) with Zerola, Stracciari, Tom Burke et al
1922 – 1923 tour with SAN CARLO OPERA COMPANY – one season
7 November, 1922 Rigoletto as Rigoletto with Josephine Lucchese, Gennaro Barra; cond. Aldo Franchetti
Madama Butterfly as Sharpless with Tamiki Miura (Cio Cio San), Gennaro Barra (Pinkerton), Anita Klinova (Suzuki); cond. Carlo Peroni
14 November, 1922 (Cav Rust)/I Pagliacci as Tonio with Manuel Salazar (Canio), Sofia Charlebois (Nedda), Giuseppe Interrante (Silvio)
15 November, 1922 Otello as Iago with Manuel Salazar (Otello), Anna Fitziu (Desdemona), Francesco Curci (Cassio), Arthur Dossler (Rodrigo), Pietro de Biasi (Lodovico), Natale Cervi (Montano), Antonio Canova (Herald); cond Carlo Peroni
SAN CARLO/PHILADELPHIA (two weeks)
21 November, 1922 Rigoletto as Rigoletto with Josephine Lucchese, Gennaro Barra, Pietro de Biasi, Stella de Mette, Natale Cervi; cond. Carlo Peroni
November, 1922 Martha as Plunkett with Josephine Lucchese (Lady Harriet), Anita Klinova (Nancy), Romeo Boscacci (Lionel), Natale Cervi (Sir Tristan); cond. Ernest Knoch
November, 1922 Madama Butterfly as Sharpless with Tamaki Miura, Gennaro Barra, Anita Klinova; cond. Aldo Franchetti
25 November, 1922 (Cav Rust)/Pagliacci as Tonio with Manuel Salazar, Sofia Charlebois, Francesco Curci; Giuseppe Interrante; cond. Carlo Peroni
30 November, 1922 – ditto exc Amador Famados for Salazar and cond. Aldo Franchetti for Peroni
28 November, 1922 Faust as Valentin with Romeo Boscacci, Pietro de Biasi, Sofia Charlebois, Anita Klinova, Luigi de Cesare; cond. Carlo Peroni
2 December, 1922 Madama Butterfly as Sharpless with Tamaki Miura (Cio Cio San), Gennaro Barra, (Pinkerton), Anita Klinova (Suzuki), Francesco Curci (Goro); cond. Wassili Leps
SAN CARLO/WASHINGTON, PITTSBURGH, CLEVELAND, BUFFALO, NEW ORLEANS details ?
SAN CARLO/SAN ANTONIO
5 February, 1923 Martha as Plunkett with Josephine Lucchese
SAN CARLO/LOS ANGELES
20 February, 1923 Madama Butterfly as Sharpless with Tamaki Miura, Romeo Boscacci, Anita Klinova; cond. Aldo Franchetti
22 February, 1923 February, 1923 (Cav Rust)/Pagliacci as Tonio with Sofia Charlebois, Leonardo Del Credo, Giuseppe Interrante
SAN CARLO/SAN FRANCISCO
28 February, 1923 Rigoletto as Rigoletto with Josephine Lucchese (Gilda), Ruggiero Baldrick (Duke), Pietro de Biasi (Sparafucile), Stella de Mette (Maddalena)
SAN CARLO/PORTLAND. SEATTLE RB – details ?
SAN CARLO/HAVANA, CUBA 23 April, 1923 –
La Traviata as Germont with Lucrezia Bori (Violetta), Ludovico Tomarchio (Act I)/Ruggiero Baldrick (Alfredo)
10 May, 1923 Faust as Valentin with Maria Kousniezoff (Marguerite), Giovanni Martinelli (Faust), Anita Klinova (Siebel), Pavel Ludikar (Mephistopheles); cond. Carlo Peroni
Il Trovatore as Di Luna with Marie Rappold (Leonora), Ludovico Tomarchio (Manrico), Stella de Mette (Azucena)
DE FEO OPERA COMPANY, Summer 1923 – no details
MODENA, TEATRO COMUNALE, CARNIVALE (EUROPEAN DEBUT as “Riccardo Bonelli”)
26 December, 1923 Dejanice (Catalani) as Dardano with Maria Llacer, Francesco Merli, Elfride Biagiotti, Nino Marotta; cond. Pasquale la Rotella
Aida as Amonasro with Ismaele Voltolini/Aroldo Lindi, Isora Rinolfi, Irma Vagano, Albertina Dal Monte
MONTE CARLO OPERA
19 February, 1924 I Pagliacci as Tonio with Jane Laval, Lucien Muratore, Robert Couzinou, Dubois; cond. Leon Jehin
1 March, 1924 Madama Butterfly as Sharpless with Gilda Dalla Rizza, Dmitri Smirnov, Bilhan; cond. Victor De Sabata
10 March, 1924 – ditto exc Vesselovsky for Smirnov
18, 25 March, 1924 Faust as Valentin with Alexandrovich, Maurice Dutreix, Vanni Marcoux, Pauline Cornelys; c. Jehin
29 March, 1924 La Traviata as Germont with Gilda Dalla Rizza, Dmitri Smirnov; cond. Victor de Sabata
30, 31 March, 1924 Anton (Libretto Illica, music Galeotti) as Gilellius with Vally, Smirnov, John O’Sullivan, Capiton Zaporozhetz, Istralty, Musso, Proferisce; cond. Leon Jehin
6, 12 April, 1924 Scenes from Goethe’s Faust (Schumann) as Faust with Pauline Cornelys, Delmas, Arnal; cond. Leon Jehin /Faust et Helene (Boulanger) with Bladel, John O’Sullivan, Arnal; cond. Jehin
NEWARK MUSIC FESTIVAL, N.J.
29 April – 6 May 1925 – Concerts in the Mosque Theatre
With “THE AMERICAN, ITALIAN, FRENCH GRAND OPERA COMPANY” at Le Théâtre de la Gaité Lyrique, Paris
3 June, 1925 Rigoletto as Rigoletto with Lucile Chalfont, Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Gustave Huberdeau
4 June, 1925 Il Barbiere as Figaro with Lucilla (Luella) Melius, Charles Hackett, Virgilio Lazzari, Azzolini (Bartolo)
6 June, 1925 La Traviata as Germont with Queena Mario, Angelo Bada
7 June, 1925 (Cav Rust)/Pagliacci as Tonio with Hina Spani, Queena Mario, Pedro Lafuente, Desiré Defrère
14 June, 1925 La Traviata as Germont with Helene Danieli, Marinesco
July – August, 1925 MAX SAUTER OPERA COMPANY tour of Germany with Anna Maria Guglielmetti, Ezio Pinza in 39 performances of Aida, Il Barbiere, Otello, La Traviata, Il Trovatore
CHICAGO CIVIC OPERA
Sources: Fred Kolo chronology – research
Charles Jahant chronology – unpublished
Opera in Chicago by Ronald L. Davis
Where information differs, the alternative is in brackets.
NOTE: First time in a complete role in BOLD type.
8 November, 1925 MAT La Traviata as Germont with Claudia Muzio, Antonio Cortis, Alice d’Hermanoy, Anna Correnti, Alice Beck, Ernesto Torti, Antonio Nicolich, Morelato; cond. Roberto Moranzoni
9 December, 1925 – ditto exc Schipa (or Cortis)
12 November, 1925 Il Trovatore as Di Luna with Claudia Muzio, Antonio Cortis, Louise Homer, Virgilio Lazzari, Jose Mojica, Elizabeth Kerr; cond. Henry Weber
15 November, 1925 – ditto exc Rosa Raisa for Muzio, Augusta Lenska for Homer
21 November, 1925 – same as 12 Nov. exc Lenska for Homer
21 December, 1925 – same as 12 Nov exc Van Gordon for Homer
17 November, 1925 Faust as Valentin with Edith Mason, Charles Hackett, Virgilio Lazzari, Marie Claessens (Martha), Irene Pavloska; cond. Gabriel Grovlez
26 November, 1925 Otello as Iago with Charles Marshall, Anna Fitziu (or Eleanor Sawyer), Jose Mojica (Cassio), Marie Claessens (Emilia), Alexander Kipnis, Antonio Nicolich, cond. Roberto Moranzoni
28 December, 1925 – ditto exc Fitziu
30 November, 1925, 9 January, 1926 MAT Hérodiade as Hérod with Fernand Ansseau, Edith Mason, Cyrena van Gordon, Edouard Cotreuil (Phanuel), Désiré Defrère, Elizabeth Kerr, Antonio Nicolich, Theodore Ritch; cond. Gabriel Grovlez
8 December, 1925 Lucia di Lammermoor as Enrico with Toti Dal Monte, Tito Schipa, Virgilio Lazzari, Elizabeth Kerr, José Mojica, Lodovico Oliviero; cond. Frank St, Leger (DEBUT)
19 December, 1925 – ditto exc Antonio Cortis for Schipa
11 December, 1925 (Pag)/Namiko-San (Aldo Franchetti) WORLD PREMIERE as Yiro Danyemon with Tamaki Miura (Namiko-San), Theodore Ritch (Yasui), Elizabeth Kerr, Vittorio Trevisan (Sato), Antonio Nicolich, Oliviero; cond. Aldo Franchetti
24 December, 1925 – ditto exc Cav for Pag
27 December, 1925 MAT – ditto exc Pag followed