The First Grand Opera Recording 1889

The First Grand Opera Recording 1889

Postby Gmemg » 14 Mar 2015, 09:57

Thi sis undoubtedly an Historic recording - whether it's actually art is quite another question. I first hear this nearly 20 years ago when my then Girlfriend (who taught me about grand Opera) bought a very expensive CD set in Blackwells Music Shop (Holywell St)

we rushed back to her rooms at the Coll and in the CD went ..................and out came ..........

Peter Schramm singing part of "leporellos Aria" from Don Giovanni sung in Danish and recorded in 1889 .....................and it was


AWFUL


Which proves however historic a recording may be it's not always good !

Here's the recording


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVLJ1KWFP8I

Schramm studied with Manuel Garcia as did Sir Charles Santley and there are distinct similarities in style - here's Sir Charles Santley :

The Vicar of Bray

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3a5RsN_dtY

and

Simon the Cellerar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kplaoG_RUxY

here are some notes about him :

This recording of Peter Nicholas Schram (1819-1895), Danish bass, in the very first recording of an opera singer in the history of recorded sound. Here he sings, in Danish, excerpts of Leporello's arias from Mozart's Don Giovanni. This recording is significant because:

- Schram is the oldest-born operatic singer ever recorded, being born just 28 years after Mozart's death.

- Schram was a student of the eminent 19th century vocal pedagogue Manuel Garcia. The only other Garcia student whose voice was recorded was English baritone Charles Santley.

- The various ornaments and style used here would likely have been taught to him by Garcia, who sang the role of Leporello in the first Italian-language performances of Don Giovanni in America—at the behest of an originating source: its librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, who was himself in the audience.

- Leporello was considered Schram's greatest role.

On his 70th birthday, he sang his farewell performance, as Leporello, in the Royal Danish Opera gala presentation of Don Giovanni. That evening he was celebrated at a party at the home of Consul Gottfried Ruben, an industrialist was an early adopter of the cylinder machine and was Edison's representative in Denmark. Schram indulged Rubens and recorded on the device, which must've seemed like a toy—even more so, as the party's guest were likely in a jovial, tipsy mood.
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Re: The First Grand Opera Recording 1889

Postby rgodridge » 14 Mar 2015, 11:51

wow, just, wow!
I can't comment on the singing but that has to be the clearest 1880s recording there is, surely? Whatever cd set it came from must have been very, very well remastered. I'm stunned by how clear that was! if i had to put a date on it without knowing I might even say the early 20s.
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Re: The First Grand Opera Recording 1889

Postby Gmemg » 14 Mar 2015, 20:25

It's astonishing how well these early cylinders do replay if in good or at least salvageable condition - no wonder people were astonished in the 1890s when they heard themselves played back
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