Lagniappe Volume 6

Lucrezia Bori & Emmy Destinn
The Published Edison Disks and Cylinder Recordings

Lucrezia Bori & Emmy Destinn: The Published Edison Disks and Cylinder Recordings
Total Time: [70:18]
Lucrezia Bori
Edison cylinders, recorded London, circa late July 1910
1. MANON LESCAUT: In quelle trine morbide (Puccini) 2:41
2. LA BOHÈME: Mi chiamano Mimi (Puccini) 4:26
Diamond disc recordings, New York, NY, 1913
3. LE NOZZE DI FIGARO: Voi che sapete (Mozart) 4:13
  9 April 1913; (2217-B) 82526  
4. SONNAMBULA: Ah, non credea mirarti (Bellini) 4:35
  16 April 1913; (2229-A) 82289  
5. SONNAMBULA: Ah, non credea mirarti (Bellini) 5:01
  16 April 1913; (2229-B) 82289  
6. DON PASQUALE: So anch’io la virtù magica (Donizetti) 3:40
  24 January 1913; (2107-B) 83003  
7. LA TRAVIATA: Ah, fors’ è lui (Verdi) 4:21
  16 April 1913; (2227-A) 82539  
8. ROMÉO ET JULIETTE: Je veux vivre [Valse] (Gounod) 3:39
  15 April 1913; (2226-A) 82517  
9. Malaguena (Pagana) 3:30
  15 April 1913; (2225-A) 80102  
10. Guardami (Guagni) 3:55
  16 April 1913; (2228-B) 82528  
11. Gitana (Serrano) 3:51
  16 April 1913; (2230-B) 82530  
Emmy Destinn
Diamond disc recordings, New York, NY
12. LA GIOCONDA: Suicidio (Ponchielli) 4:37
  16 December 1911 (889-A) 82525  
13. LA GIOCONDA: Suicidio (Ponchielli) 4:35
  16 December 1911 (889-B) 82525  
14. MADAMA BUTTERFLY: Un bel di vedremo (Puccini) 4:50
  16 December 1911 (890-B) 82527  
15. MADAMA BUTTERFLY: Un bel di vedremo (Puccini) 4:42
  16 December 1911 (890-C) 82527  
16. TOSCA: Vissi d’arte (Puccini) 3:49
  28 December 1911 (891-A) 82531  
17. TOSCA: Vissi d’arte (Puccini) 3:47
  28 December 1911 (891-B) 82531  


Accompaniment: All tracks accompanied by orchestra
Languages: Italian [1-7, 12-17]; French [8]; Spanish [9-11]


Producer: Scott Kessler & Ward Marston

Audio Conservation: Ward Marston

Audio Conservation: John R. Harris

Booklet Design: Takeshi Takahashi


All known alternative takes have been included although interpretive differences are slight.
Discographic material was provided by: “Edison Recordings of Lucrezia Bori” from the Record Collector, volume 21, Nos. 7 & 8, by Raymond R. Wile, pgs. 169-172


Marston would like to thank Jerry Fabris and Lawrence F. Holdridge for their assistance on this project.


Marston would like to thank the Edison National Historic Site, the National Park Service, and the United States Department of the Interior for their help in the production of this CD release.

Lucrezia Bori was born in Valencia, Spain in 1887. She made her debut as Micaëla in 1908 at the Teatro Adriano in Rome and was engaged at La Scala the following season. In 1910, the Metropolitan Opera of New York was visiting Paris. Lina Cavalieri was to sing the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. She cancelled and the relatively unknown Lucrezia Bori sang the role opposite none other than Enrico Caruso. Despite being offered a Met contract after this performance, Bori fulfilled her La Scala obligation and joined the Metropolitan in 1912. This began a nearly 25-year career with the Met, and it is this relationship for which she may be best remembered.

Bori’s lyric-soprano voice was expressive and her manner, patrician. She died in 1960 in New York.

Emmy Destinn (Emilie Pauline Kittel) was born in Prague in 1878 and showed promise as a violinist at a very young age. At 14, she began her singing studies with Marie Loewe-Destinn (whose name she adopted) and made her debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana in 1897 at the Dresden Opera. Her success in the role resulted in a five-year contract with the Berlin Imperial Opera, where she premiered in Leoncavallo’s Roland von Berlin. Her international career was launched in Bayreuth singing the role of Senta in 1901. She appeared at the London premiere of Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House opposite Caruso in 1906. She was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in 1908 and in 1910 she appeared in the premiere of La Fanciulla del West. She retired in 1926 and lived her remaining few years in her beloved Czechoslovakia. She died in 1930.