Hugo Felix

Hugo Felix (19 November 1866 – 25 August 1934), born Felix Hugo Hayman, was an Austrian composer of operettas and musicals born in Budapest, Hungary.

Felix's parents were and Hungarian–Austrian merchant, Mori[t]z Hayman (died 1896) and a Slovakian–Austrian mother, Eugenie Bachrich (died 1908). He was educated in Vienna, graduated from Vienna University with a Doctorate in Science, but decided to pursue music instead of chemistry.

His first operetta was Die Kätzchen, first produced in Lemberg in 1890 and in Vienna in 1892. His other works included Husarenblut (1894, Vienna), Rhodope (1900, Vienna and Berlin), Madame Sherry (1902, Berlin – his biggest success) and The Merveilleuses (1906, London). As music director of musical director of the Carltheater in Vienna from the late 1890s to 1906, he imported several British works to Vienna, adapting both librettos and scores. He also contributed interpolated numbers to several musical comedies

Felix later went to the US where Madame Sherry met with success, in 1912, and composed several more shows. He remained in the US for the remainder of his life and died in Los Angeles, California, aged sixty-seven.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 19, 1866 (Vienna), Died August 24, 1934 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-17386 10-in. 3/28/1916 In the dark Mitzi Hajos Female vocal solo, with celeste and orchestra composer  
Victor B-17387 10-in. 3/28/1916 Evelyn Mitzi Hajos Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-17432 10-in. 4/4/1916 Pom pom medley one-step Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor B-24066 10-in. 5/25/1920 Lassie Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor B-24488 10-in. 9/22/1920 The sweetheart shop Roy Bargy ; Benson Orchestra of Chicago Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 79249 10-in. 6/7/1920 Didn't you? Happy Six Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 79336 10-in. 7/9/1920 Didn't you? Happy Six Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 80242 10-in. 3/14/1922 I want you Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 48702 12-in. 4/15/1916 Evelyn Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson Band composer  
Columbia 49808 12-in. 4/28/1920 Lassie Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison 4568 10-in. 3/9/1916 Pom pom airs Light Opera Company [Edison] Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7358 10-in. 5/20/1920 Lassie waltz Lenzberg's Riverside Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 9503 10-in. 5/8/1924 Love's young dream Charles Hart ; Elizabeth Spencer Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 9504 10-in. 5/8/1924 Peg o' my dreams Charles Hart Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 3572L 10-in. ca. 1905 Madame Scherry : Aria Józef Redo Baritone vocal solo composer  


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