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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 to 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 16, 1885 (Cagliari), Died December 19, 1967 (Longone al Segrino)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

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 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  
Edison 1434 10-in. Sept. 1913 Ave Maria Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 2175 10-in. 3/11/1913 Voi lo sapete Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 2176 10-in. 3/12/1913 Qui sola, vergin Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 2190 10-in. 3/20/1913 Ebben? Ne andro lontana Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 2191 10-in. 3/20/1913 Torna a Surriento Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 2192 10-in. 3/20/1913 Eternamente Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 2193 10-in. 3/20/1913 Ernani involami Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 2194 10-in. 3/21/1913 Casta diva Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 2195 10-in. 3/21/1913 Io son l'umile ancella Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 2223 10-in. 4/11/1913 In quelle trine morbide Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Edison 2224 10-in. 4/11/1913 Vissi d'arte Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1235c 12-in. 1907 La fata sei Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1247c 12-in. 1907 L'Albatro e teco Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1253c 12-in. June 1907 Si, io t'amo Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani Vocal duet (soprano and tenor) with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 1266c 12-in. 1907 Gaddu alla triste casa Carmen Melis ; Giuseppe Taccani Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 10613b 10-in. June 1907 Restó cosí nel fascino Carmen Melis Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 10636b 10-in. June 1907 Figlio del mar Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Gramophone 10670b 10-in. June 1907 Madonna ascolta Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia (U.K.) B107 10-in. before June 1924 Or via Manon Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia (U.K.) B108 10-in. before June 1924 Addio o nostro piccol desco Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia (U.K.) B109 10-in. before June 1924 La tua non è la mano Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  
Columbia (U.K.) B123 10-in. before June 1924 Da quel giorno Carmen Melis Soprano vocal solo vocalist, soprano vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Melis, Carmen," accessed June 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105343.

Melis, Carmen. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105343.

"Melis, Carmen." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105343

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