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Carmen Melis

Carmen Melis (15 August 1885 – 19 December 1967) was an Italian operatic soprano who had a major international career during the first four decades of the 20th century. She was known, above all, as a verismo soprano, and was one of the most interesting singing actresses of the early 20th century. She made her debut in Novara in 1905 and her career rapidly developed in her native country over the next four years. From 1909-1916 she performed with important opera companies in the United States; after which she was busy performing at many of Europe's most important opera houses. From 1917 until her retirement from the stage in 1935 she was particularly active at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome and at La Scala in Milan. After her singing career ended, she embarked on a second career as a voice teacher. Her most notable student was soprano Renata Tebaldi.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 15th, 1885 (Cagliari), Died January 1st, 1965 (Longone al Segrino)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1913

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 121 12-in. 1/31/1910 Vissi d'arte Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 122 10-in. between 1/31/1910 and 2/3/1910 Torna a Surriento Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 123 10-in. between 1/31/1910 and 2/3/1910 La mamma morta Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 124 10-in. 1/31/1910 Dir che ci sono al mondo Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 125 10-in. between 1/31/1910 and 2/3/1910 Mamma! Io non l'ho avuta mai! Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 126 10-in. between 1/31/1910 and 2/3/1910 Mi chiamano Mimi Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 575 12-in. 3/30/1911 Ritorna vincitor Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 585 10-in. 3/30/1911 In quelle trine morbide Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 586 10-in. 3/31/1911 Voi lo sapete Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 588 10-in. 3/31/1911 Ebben ne andro lontana Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 593 10-in. approximately Mar. 1911 'O sole mio Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 595 10-in. approximately Mar. 1911 Son pochi fiori Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 933 12-in. 2/21/1912 Fu la sorte dell' armi Eleanora de Cisneros ; Carmen Melis Vocal duet (soprano and mezzo-soprano), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 934 10-in. 2/19/1912 Ancora un passo Carmen Melis ; Metropolitan Opera House Chorus Soprano vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 957 10-in. 2/21/1912 Addio Carmen Melis ; F. Paolo Tosti Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 958 10-in. 2/21/1912 Ciel! Mio padre Carmen Melis ; Giovanni Polese Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 959 Not documented 2/21/1912 Dell oasi d'acque Carmen Melis ; Giovanni Polese Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 960 12-in. 2/21/1912 Mira d'acerbe lagrime Carmen Melis ; Giovanni Polese Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 967 10-in. Mar. 1912 Eternamente Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 969 10-in. Mar. 1912 Lontan dagli occhi Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 970 10-in. 3/27/1912 Notte d'amour Carmen Melis ; I. Prati Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 972 10-in. 3/29/1912 L'amout come il fulgur Eleanora de Cisneros ; Carmen Melis Vocal duet (soprano and mezzo-soprano), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 1431 10-in. Sept. 1913 Io pingo Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 1432 10-in. Sept. 1913 Io son l'amore Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 1433 10-in. Sept. 1913 Suicidio Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Melis, Carmen," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105343.

Melis, Carmen. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105343.

"Melis, Carmen." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

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