V1626. STEFÁN ISLANDI: Songs by Einarsson, Stefánsson, Thorsteinsson, Björnsson, Runólfsson, Bjarnadóttir, Sadéro, de Curtis, de Crescenzo & Tosti; Arias from Fedora, Adriana Lecouvreur, La Boheme, Rigoletto & Pagliacci; w.Else Brems: Duets from Il Trovatore; w.Henry Skjaer: Duets from Les Pêcheurs de Perles & Forza. (England) The Record Collector TRC 27, recorded 1936-48. [Islandi was an important artist and a beautiful lyric tenor] Very Long out-of-print, final rare copy!
“Stefan Islandi (Gud Gudmundsson) adopted the stage name Islandi after his country of birth. Originally he was a hairdresser but his voice was discovered and trained from 1930-35 by the Milanese singer/teacher Ernesto Caronna. During this training he made his debut in 1933 at the Teatro Comunale of Florence as Cavaradossi. From 1935-40 he gave guest performances and concerts in Europe. From 1938 – 1959 he sang regularly at the Royal Opera of Copenhagen, where he sang Pinkerton in the inaugural MADAMA BUTTERFLY. His roles included José in CARMEN, the Duke in RIGOLETTO, Rodolfo, Nadir, Gounod’s Faust, Werther, Lenski, Don Carlos and Turiddu. He made guest appearances in Italy, France, Germany and Sweden. He also had a successful career in the concert hall and in 1946 he undertook a big concert tour through North America. In the fifties he appeared several times in his Icelandic homeland at the Theater of Reykjavik where he sang the Duke in RIGOLETTO and Cavaradossi. He also lectured in 1961 at the opening performance of the newly built house. In 1966 he returned to Iceland and taught at the Music Academy of Reykjavik. He married the Danish contralto Else Brems.”
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