Historical Opera Recordings from 78rpm discs
Complete and Abridged Sets


The aim of this disc is twofold. On one hand we present the results of our discographic research concerning the existence of "complete" and "abridged" 78rpm (shellac) commercial recordings of operas and vocal works between 1904 and 1950. Similar genres like operetta, savoy operetta and zarzuela have been collected in an extra volume because of space limitations.

On the other hand the collection on this disc tries to bring together as many as possible of theses recordings in audible form, quasi as an audio encyclopedia. Recordings made with modern equipment (tape) and only released initially on 78rpm discs have been omitted. So we have left out the well known Toscanini recordings, Beecham's Hoffmann and Karajan's Meistersingers.

A few cylinder recordings also are included. Recordings originating from other sources like films and radio transcriptions are not included here. This means, for example, that Bodansky's Siegfried or Toscanini's Meistersingers are absent.

The sound qualities of the recordings presented here can be very different. This comes from the timely differences of their recording dates, great differences of technology (acoustic versus electric) and, of course, from different art and level of restoration.

Recordings maked blue are available in this collection only as fragments, recordings marked red are not available in this collection. We are aware of the fact that some of them are perhaps lost or will be never available.

The following References were used for this work.

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H. Weber - January 2022