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Ulysses Lappas (Tenor) (Alessandria 1888 – Athens 1971)




His real name was Odysseus Lappas. He studied with Giuseppe Mandolini in Milan. In 1914 he made his debut as Enzo in ‘’La Gioconda’’ at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan. In the same year, he also appeared there as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. Already in 1917 Lappas performed at La Scala in the premiere of the opera ‘’Il Macigno’’ of  Victor de Sabata. in 1918 he sang at the Teatro Politeama  Reinach of Parma in the performanceof Puccinis ‘’La Fanciulla del West’’. Since 1919 Lappas began his real international career appearing at the opera house of Monte Carlo in ‘’Ruy Blas’’. In 1919 he made guest appearance at Covent Garden. The next year, he went to Cairo, where he performed in ‘’Francesca da Rimini’’. In 1920 Lappas repeated his success in Monte Carlo appearing with Elvira De Hidalgo  in ‘’Pagliacci’’. In 1925 he was to be found again at Covent Garden, now as a partner of Maria Jeritza in ‘’Fedora’’. From 1921-22 and 1928-29 he was a soloist of the Chicago Opera. He made his debut there in ‘’La Fanciulla del West’’. During his career he appeared in different italian opera houses (Venice. La Fenice, Genova. Politeama Genovese, Milan. Dal Verme, Brescia. Grande, Pisa. Verdi, Bari. Petruzzelli etc.). In 1934 he sang at La Scala in the premiære of the opera ‘’Don Giovanni’’ of Felice Lattuada. Probaply he retired in 1940.

Chronology of some appearances

1914  Milano Dal Verme Gioconda (Enzo)
1915 Bari Petruzzelli Pagliacci  (Pagliacci)
1916 Milano Dal Verme Fanciulla del West (Dick Johnson)
1917 Lyon Grand Thçàtre Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1918 Pisa Verdi Carmen (Don Jose)
1919 Monte Carlo Garnier Ruy Blas (Ruy Blas)
1920 Cairo Khediviale  Francesca da Rimini (Paolo)
1921 Monte Carlo Garnier Parsifal (Parsifal)
1923 Verona Gli Zingari (Radu)
1925 London Covent Garden Fedora (Loris)
1925  Milano Dal Verme Norma (Pollione)
1928 Brescai Grande Carmen (Don Jose)
1932 Naples San Carlo Fanciulla del West (Dick Johnson)



La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda Columbia D1472 B87
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle Columbia D1463 B88
Carmen: Il fior Columbia D1463 B89
Tosca: Recondita armonia Columbia D1456 B90
Manon: Lescaut Tra voi belle Columbia D1472 B91
Andrea Chenier: Improvviso Columbia 7080-M BX1-1
Aida: Celeste Aida Columbia L1762 98194
La Gioconda: Cielo e mar Columbia L1762 98204
Andrea Chenier: Come un bel di di maggio Columbia 7080-M BX2-1
Markos Botsaris O yero Demos Columbia  L1703  AX1079
To Paramythi tes neraidas  Columbia D1547  W106161-2
Pantrevoun ten agapi mou Columbia D14654 AX1078-1
Exomologissis Columbia D1531 A2269
Yiati metho Columbia D1456 W106162-2
Manna kai yios Columbia D1457  W106163-2
Mariori Greek recording company 18142 20767
Essena pou .. gapessa Greek recording company 18119 20780
I kardia tes mannas Greek recording company  18144 20793
An me eixes niosei Greek recording company  18142 20795
Den tha xehasso Greek recording company  18119 20808




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