Opera Singers in the Moviesby bderoes | created - 19 Aug 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
From the book Opera on Film by Richard Fawkes, c. 2000.
Not found: Gabriella Gatti (b. 1908) Apollo Granforte (b. 1886) Tancredi Pasero (b. 1892) Alexander Pirogov (b. 1899) Josef Schmidt (b. 1904) Leonard Sobinov (b. 1872) Ganne Walska (b. 1891)
Then started adding my own. "Movies" includes television.
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Actor | Figaros Hochzeit
Mathieu Ahlersmeyer was born on June 29, 1896 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Mathias Karl Maria Ahlersmeyer. He was an actor, known for The Marriage of Figaro (1949), Die Dubarry (1951) and Das Fräulein von Scuderi (1955). He was married to Marcia Otten. He died on July 23, ...
Actress | Otello
Licia Albanese was born on July 23, 1909 in Bari, Apulia, Italy as Felicia Albanese. She was an actress, known for Otello (1948), Serenade (1956) and Little Shop of Erotica (2001). She was married to Joseph A. Gimma. She died on August 15, 2014 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
4. Gitta Alpar
Actress | I Give My Heart
Gitta Alpar was born on February 5, 1900 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Regina Kalisch. She was an actress, known for The Loves of Madame Dubarry (1935), She, or Nobody (1932) and Gitta entdeckt ihr Herz (1932). She was married to Niels Wessel Bagge and Gustav Fröhlich. She died on February 17, ...
Actress | Carmen (la de Triana)
Spanish actress. Parents: Antonio Nile (guitar player) and Rosario del Río. She was born during an artistic tournee of her parents in Argentina. She lived in Málaga till she the age of 12. There she studied dance. When she was 12 years old, she debuted in the comedy theatre of Buenos Aires with the...
Actor | Rock-a-Bye Baby
Salvatore Baccaloni was born on April 14, 1900 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor, known for Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958), Fanny (1961) and The Desert Song (1955). He was married to Elena Svilarova. He died on December 31, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA.
Actress | Macbeth
Josephine Barstow was born on September 27, 1940 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Josephine Clare Barstow. She is an actress, known for Macbeth (1972), Gloriana (2000) and Un ballo in maschera (1990). She was previously married to Ande Anderson and Terry Hands.
19. Erna Berger
Actress | Figaros Hochzeit
Erna Berger was born on October 19, 1900 in Dresden, Germany. She was an actress, known for The Marriage of Figaro (1949), Mozart's Don Giovanni (1955) and Falstaff in Vienna (1940). She was married to Sverre Wiull. She died on June 14, 1990 in Essen, Germany.
23. Michael Bohnen
Actor | Viktoria und ihr Husar
Michael Bohnen was born on May 2, 1887 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He was an actor and producer, known for Victoria and Her Hussar (1931), Gold (1934) and The Knight of the Rose (1925). He was married to La Jana, Mary Lewis (singer) and Ingeborg Behrend (singer) (first). He died on...
Actor | Citizen Kane
Spanish-born Josep Lluis Moll studied music in Madrid and at the Paris Conservatoire. Having changed his name to Fortunio Bonanova (which, at the time, would have sounded more becoming of a budding musical star), he went on to make his international opera debut as a baritone in 1922. A protégé of ...
25. Richard Bonelli
Actor | Enter Madame!
Richard Bonelli was a major opera star in the 1930s and 1940s. His film career was incidental to his career as one of America's most prominent operatic baritones. He starred in San Francisco, Chicago, the Metropolitan in NYC and in other venues and had a very successful stint as star of his own ...
Actor | On Such a Night
Sesto Bruscantini was born on December 10, 1919 in Porto Civitanova, Macerata, Italy. He was an actor, known for On Such a Night (1956), Closer (2004) and The Barber of Seville (1961). He was married to Sena Jurinac. He died on May 4, 2003 in Civitanova Marche, Macerata, Marche, Italy.
32. Maria Callas
Soundtrack | Ghost in the Shell
This volatile opera diva was born in New York City to Greek émigrés in 1923. Her father set up a pharmacy and changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas. As a child Maria studied the piano. When her parents separated (she was 14 at the time), her mother returned to Athens with Maria and ...
35. Josep Carreras
Soundtrack | Bats
Josep Maria Carreras i Coll was born on December 5, 1946, in Barcelona, Spain. His father was the owner of a small chemical plant. Young Carreras showed early interest in music after seeing Mario Lanza in the film The Great Caruso (1951) at the age of 6. He gave his first public performance on the ...
36. Enrico Caruso
Soundtrack | Match Point
Enrico Caruso (b. Errico Caruso) was born on February 25, 1873, in Naples, Italy. He was the third of seven children to a poor alcoholic father. He received little primary education and briefly studied music with conductor Vicenzo Lombardini. His early income was from singing serenades.
Caruso made ...
38. Lina Cavalieri
Actress | Manon Lescaut
Lina Cavalieri was born on December 25, 1874 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy as Natalina Cavalieri. She was an actress, known for Manon Lescaut (1914), The Two Brides (1919) and The Eternal Temptress (1917). She was married to Lucien Muratore, Aleksandr Beriatinskij, Giovanni Campari and Robert W. Chanler...
39. Maria Cebotari
Actress | Il sogno di Butterfly
Miss Maria Cebotari complained about horrible pain during her opera performance the Figaro (music by Mozart) in Milano. She complained about her tiredness, and tried to fight against her unknown illness. Doctors discovered she had gallbladder infection. The diet she was on did not help at all. Miss...
Actor | Don Quixote
Feodor Chaliapin Sr. was born on February 13, 1873, in Omet Tawi, near Kazan, Russia. His childhood was full of suffering, hunger, and humiliation. From the age of 10-16, he was working jobs at river ports, restaurants, and tried acting on stage with various Russian provincial troupes. In 1890, ...
41. Nadine Conner
Actress | General Electric Theater
Nadine Conner was born on February 20, 1907 in Compton, California, USA as Evelyn Nadine Henderson. She was an actress, known for General Electric Theater (1953), Omnibus (1952) and Carmen (1952). She was married to Laurance Hugh Heacock. She died on March 1, 2003 in Los Alamitos, California.
46. Toti Dal Monte
Actress | Cuore di mamma
Toti Dal Monte was born on June 27, 1893 in Mogliano Veneto, Veneto, Italy as Antonietta Meneghel. She was an actress, known for Mother's Heart (1954), Fiori d'arancio (1944) and Il vedovo allegro (1950). She was married to Enzo De Muro Lomanto. She died on January 26, 1975 in Pieve di Soligo, ...
48. Pedro de Cordoba
Actor | My Favorite Wife
Although many people are under the impression that Pedro de Cordoba was Mexican, his mother was French and his father was Cuban, and he was born in New York City. De Cordoba's career began in silent films, where he established himself as a solid character actor, and his career carried over into ...
49. Lisa della Casa
Actress | Mozart's Don Giovanni
Lisa della Casa was born on February 2, 1919 in Burgdorf, Switzerland. She was an actress, known for Mozart's Don Giovanni (1955), Füsilier Wipf (1938) and Mir lönd nüd lugg (1940). She was married to Dragan Debelevic and Ernst Robert Geiser. She died on December 10, 2012 in ...
50. Mario Del Monaco
Soundtrack | The Untouchables
Mario Del Monaco was born on July 27, 1915 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. He was an actor, known for The Untouchables (1987), Wall Street (1987) and Action Jackson (1988). He was married to Rina Filippini. He died on October 16, 1982 in Mestre, Venice, Veneto, Italy.
51. Giuseppe De Luca
Giuseppe De Luca was born on December 25, 1876 in Rome, Italy. He was married to Giulia (sister of Olympia) and Olympia. He died on August 26, 1950 in New York, New York, USA.
Actor | Figaros Hochzeit
Willy Domgraf-Fassbaender was born on February 19, 1897 in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He was an actor, known for The Marriage of Figaro (1949), Theodor Körner (1932) and Die verkaufte Braut (1932). He was married to Sabine Peters. He died on February 13, 1978 in Nuremberg, ...
58. Plácido Domingo
Actor | The Book of Life
Although born in Madrid, Spain, Placido Domingo spent a major portion of his life living in Mexico City where he graduated from the Mexico City Conservatory. His first operatic performance was in a staging of La Traviata in Monterrey playing Alfredo. He was then a Tenor for the Israel National ...
60. Todd Duncan
Actor | Unchained
Todd Duncan was the original Porgy in the first run of Porgy & Bess, which opened on 10 October 1935 in New York. Prior to that, he obtained a master's degree in voice from Columbia University. He was also Professor of Voice at Howard University in Washington D.C.. He also sang in London, and was ...
61. Peter Dvorský
Soundtrack | The Punisher
Considered the fourth tenor (behind Carreras, Domingo & Pavarotti), Peter Dvorsky is the most internationally famous Slovak star. He performs concerts all over the world. He resigned from the Slovak National Theatre in October 1996 (after a 24-year stint) in protest to Slovak Culture Minister Ivan ...
63. Nelson Eddy
Actor | Phantom of the Opera
The only career Nelson Eddy ever considered was singing. His parents were singers, his grandparents were musicians. Unable to afford a teacher, he learned by imitating opera recordings. At age 14 he worked as a telephone operator in a Philadelphia iron foundry. He sold newspaper advertising and ...
64. Otto Edelmann
Actor | Mozart's Don Giovanni
Otto Edelmann was born on February 5, 1917 in Brunn am Gebirge, Austria. He was an actor, known for Mozart's Don Giovanni (1955), Der Rosenkavalier (1961) and Magic Fire (1956). He was married to Ilse-Maria Straub. He died on May 14, 2003 in Vienna, Austria.
65. Mártha Eggerth
Actress | Das Hofkonzert
From the day she was born Martha lived in a world of music. For sure her father was a banker but he was also an amateur pianist. As for her mother, she was a housewife but also a very talented opera singer who had given up her career for the joys of matrimony and motherhood. It does not come as a ...
66. Irene Eisinger
Actress | Die Försterchristl
Irene Eisinger was born on December 8, 1903 in Cosel, Silesia, Germany. She was an actress, known for Die Försterchristl (1931), Arlecchino (1939) and Zwei Herzen im Dreiviertel-Takt (1930). She died on April 8, 1994 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England.
67. Mary Ellis
Actress | Bella Donna
A promising star first with the Metropolitan Opera than on the Broadway and London stages, soprano Mary Ellis had little chance to prove herself as either a musical or dramatic film star with only a few creaky vehicles left for audiences to ponder. Her versatility on stage, however, was extensive, ...
70. Geraldine Farrar
Actress | Carmen
Famed singer and author Geraldine Farrar was educated in public schools and then became a music student of Mrs. J.H. Long, Trabadello, Emma Thursby, Lilli Lehman and Graziani. Her 1901 debut was at the Royal Opera House in Berlin, in the role of Marguerite in "Faust". From 1906-22 she was a member ...
Soundtrack | Children of Men
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was born on May 28, 1925 in Berlin, Germany as Albert Dietrich Fischer. He was an actor, known for Children of Men (2006), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Le nozze di Figaro (1976). He was married to Julia Varady, Christina Pugel-Schule, Ruth Leuwerik and Irmgard Poppen....
75. Kirsten Flagstad
Soundtrack | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Born in Stranstuen, Hamar, Norway, Norwegian soprano Kisten Flagstad's father was a conductor, and her mother was a singing coach and pianist as well as her first teacher. Flagstad continued her studies in Oslo with Ellen Schyte-Jacobsen and in Stockholm with Dr. Gillis Bratt. While still a student...
76. Sergio Franchi
Soundtrack | Race for Glory
Born in Cogorno, Liguria to a Neapolitan father and a Genoese mother, Franchi made his singing debut at age 10 as a hunchback in a school play. He sang with jazz groups in Italy, but immigrated to South Africa in 1947, after he completed his compulsory military service. He worked as a draftsman and...
78. Gottlob Frick
Actor | Don Giovanni
Gottlob Frick was born on July 28, 1906 in Ölbronn-Dürrn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He was an actor, known for Don Juan (1955), The Life and Loves of Mozart (1955) and Der Freischütz (1968). He was married to Margarete. He died on August 18, 1994 in Mühlacker, Baden-Württemberg.
79. Mary Garden
Actress | Thais
Opera soprano Mary Garden was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, on February 20, 1874. Her family emigrated to the US in 1880, eventually settling in Chicago, Illinois. She showed an aptitude for music at an early age, studying the violin and piano and taking voice lessons while still a young girl. In ...
81. Alice Gentle
Actress | The Song of the Flame
Alice Gentle was born on June 30, 1885 in Chatworth, Illinois, USA as Alice Mae True. She was an actress, known for The Song of the Flame (1930), Golden Dawn (1930) and A Scene from Carmen (1929). She was married to Jacob Robinson Proebstel and Robert Bruce Gentle. She died on February 28, 1958 in ...
82. Beniamino Gigli
Soundtrack | Funny Games
Beniamino Gigli was born in Recanati, Italy, on March 20, 1890, into a poor family. He possessed a fine singing voice and, after struggling to make a living for many years, he eventually made his operatic debut as a tenor on October 15, 1914, appearing in "La Giaconda" in Rovigo, Italy. Over the ...
83. Olive Gilbert
Actress | The Dancing Years
Olive Gilbert was born on November 22, 1898 in Carmarthen, Wales as Olive Sarah Gilbert. She was an actress, known for The Dancing Years (1950), This Is Your Life (1955) and Ivor Novello (1956). She died on February 19, 1981 in Hove, East Sussex, England.
85. Tito Gobbi
Soundtrack | Wall Street
Tito Gobbi was one of the greatest Italian baritones of the 20th century. His most memorable roles were Scarpia (in Puccini's Tosca) and Verdi's Falstaff, among dozens of Italian operas that he recorded. He was also one of the best actors among opera singers, a talent which enabled him to both act ...
Actor | NBC Television Opera Theatre
Composer, singer and actor. He came to the USA in 1933 and became a US citizen in 1939. Educated at the Vienna Conservatory (on scholarship) with Victor Fuchs, he debuted as a singer with the Czech State Opera. His American debut came in 1939 at the Hollywood Bowl, and he also sang on films and ...
87. Kathryn Grayson
Actress | Kiss Me Kate
Kathryn Grayson was born Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick in Winston-Salem, NC, on February 9, 1922. This pretty, petite brunette with a heart-shaped face was discovered by MGM talent scouts while singing on the radio. The studio quickly signed her to a contract, and she was given acting lessons ...
Actress | Mozart's Don Giovanni
Elisabeth Grümmer was born on March 31, 1911 in Niederjeutz, Alsace-Lorraine, Germany as Elisabeth Schilz. She was an actress, known for Mozart's Don Giovanni (1955), Don Giovanni (1961) and Civilisation (1969). She was married to Detlef Grümmer. She died on November 6, 1986 in Warendorf, North ...
93. Hope Hampton
Actress | The Light in the Dark
Hope Hampton was born on February 19, 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Mae Elizabeth Hampton. She was an actress and producer, known for The Light in the Dark (1922), Lawful Larceny (1923) and The Gold Diggers (1923). She was married to Jules Brulatour. She died on January 23, 1982 in New...
97. Hans Hotter
Soundtrack | Manhattan Murder Mystery
Hans Hotter was born on January 19, 1909 in Offenbach am Main, Hesse, Germany. He was an actor, known for Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Der Barbier von Sevilla (1959) and Die Sehnsucht des Herzens (1951). He was married to Helga Fischer. He died on December 6, 2003 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
98. George Houston
Actor | The Lone Rider in Frontier Fury
This movie cowboy was actually born in New Jersey just before the turn of the 20th century, the son of a Protestant minister. He sang in his father's church choir, and after graduating high school he attended the private Blair Academy and then continued his musical training at New York's famous ...
99. Kathleen Howard
Actress | It's a Gift
Kathleen Howard was born on July 27, 1884 in Clifton, Ontario, Canada. She was an actress and writer, known for It's a Gift (1934), Death Takes a Holiday (1934) and Ball of Fire (1941). She was married to Edward Kellogg Baird (lawyer). She died on April 15, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.