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EDWARD JOHNSON CHRONOLOGY

Based on input by Michael Bott, Alfred de Cock, Larry Lustig and others.

1902 - 19101911 - 19201921 - 19301931 - 1935

World Premiere ** Italian Premiere *** US Premiere ****

MET/NEW YORK

17 January, 1931 (Hansel and Gretel)/Pagliacci as Canio w. Elda Vettori (Nedda), Claudio Frigerio (Tonio), Giordano Paltrinieri (Beppe), George Cehanovsky (Silvio); cond. Vincenzo Bellezza.
30 January, 1931 ditto exc. Elisabeth Rethberg (Nedda), Giuseppe De Luca (Tonio), Claudio Frigiero (Silvio)
11 February, 1931 same as 17 January exc. Lucrezia Bori (Nedda), Mario Basiola (Tonio), Angelo Bada (Beppe), Everett Marshall (Silvio)

14 February, 1931 MAT Sadko same as 25 January, 1930 exc Alfredo Gandolfi (Luka Zinovitch), Joseph Macpherson (Norsemam)
20 February, 1931 ditto exc. Julia Claussen (Lioubava), Queena Mario (Volkhova)
5, 14 March, 1931 same as 25 January, 1930 exc Faina Petrova (Niejata)

7 February, 1931 MAT Peter Ibbetson (Deems Taylor) ** EJ as Peter Ibbetson, Lawrence Tibbett (Colonel Ibbetson), Lucrezia Bori (Mary), Marion Telva (Mrs. Deane), Ina Bourskaya (Mrs. Glyn), Angelo Bada (Achille), Léon Rothier (Major Duquesnois), Louis D’Angelo (Chaplain), Giordano Paltrinieri (Charlie Plunkett), Millo Picco (Guy Mainwaring), Marek Windheim (Footman), Phradie Wells (Diana Vivash), Grace Divine (Madge Plunkett), Philine Falco (Victorine), Minnie Egener (Sister of Charity), Alfredo Gandolfi (Manservant and Turnkey), George Cehanovsky (Prison Governor); Dream Trio: Claudio Frigerio (Pasquier de la Marière), Santa Biondo (Marie Pasquier), Aida Doninelli (Mme. Seraskier); cond. Tullio Serafin.
16, 27 February, 12 March, 1, 11 April 1931 - ditto exc. Cehanovsky (Pasquier de la Marière)

22 February, 1931 Concert EJ - Chenier: Improvviso; La Bohéme Quartet w. Editha Fleischer, Queena Mario, Lawrence Tibbett & Songs: a) Mary of Argyle (arr. St. Leger); b) An Old Ballad (Lord of Randal arr. C. Scott); c) Cargoes (Dobson) acc. Carl Young. a) Drink to me only, b) Old Folks at Home, c) Carry Me Back to Old Virginny, all w. Queena Mario, Marion Telva and Lawrence Tibbett.

25 February, 1931 Pelléas et Mélisande same as 6 February, 1930

26 February, 1931 Roméo et Juliette - same as 12 November, 1930 exc. Queena Mario (Juliette), Philine Falco (Gertrude), Pavel Ludikar (Capulet), Ezio Pinza (Friar Laurence)

MET/PHILADELPHIA

3 March, 1931 Peter Ibbetson same as 7 February, 1931 exc George Cehanovsky (Prison Governor & Pasquier de la Marière)

17 March, 1931 Pelléas et Mélisande as Pelléas w. Lucrezia Bori (Mélisande), Clarence Whitehill (Golaud), Léon Rothier (Arkel), Ina Bourskaya (Genéviève), Ellen Dalossy (Yniold), Paolo Ananian (Physician); cond. Louis Hasselmans.

MET/BROOKLYN

24 March, 1931 Peter Ibbetson - same as 7 February, 1931 exc George Cehanovsky (Guy Mainwaring, Prison Governor & Pasquier a la Marière, Louise Lerch (Sister of Charity & Mme. Seraskier)

MET/WASHINGTON

16 April, 1931 Peter Ibbetson same as 24 March, 1931 exc Louise Lerch (Diana Vivash), Dorothea Flexer (Madge Plunkett & Marie Pasquier)

MET/CLEVELAND

2 May, 1931 MAT Peter Ibbetson - same as 24 March exc Gladys Swarthout (Mrs. Deane), Louis D’Angelo (Major Duquesnois), Louise Lerch (Diana Vivash), Dorothea Flexer (Madge Plunkett & Marie Pasquier))

RAVINIA OPERA

22 June, 1931 Madama Butterfly as Pinkerton w. Hilda Burke (Cio-Cio-San), Mario Basiola (Sharpless), Ina Bourskaya (Suzuki), Lodovico Oliviero (Goro), Paolo Ananian Bonze), Giuseppe Cavadore (Yamadori), George Cehanovsky (Imperial Commissioner); cond. Gennaro Papi.

24 June, 1931 Louise (Acts 1, 3 and 4) as Julien w. Yvonne Gall (Louise), Julia Claussen (Mother), Margery Maxwell (Irma), Ada Paggi (Blanche), Léon Rothier (Father), Giuseppe Cavadore (King of Fools); cond. Louis Hasselmans.

30 June, 1931 Faust (Acts 1, 2 and 3, act 5, scene 2) as Faust w. Yvonne Gall (Marguérite), Ada Paggi (Siébel), Philine Falco (Marthe), Léon Rothier (Méphistophélès), Mario Basiola (Valentin), Paolo Ananian (Wagner); cond. Louis Hasselmans.

2 July, 20 August 1931 Lohengrin (Act 1; Act 2 [final episode only]; Act 3) as Lohengrin w. Elisabeth Rethberg (Elsa), Julia Claussen (Ortrud), Alfredo Gandolfi (Telramund), Louis D’Angelo (King Henry), George Cehanovsky (Herald); cond. Louis Hasselmans.

4, 20 July, 17 August 1931 La Rondine as Ruggero w. Lucrezia Bori (Magda), Florence Macbeth (Lisette), Margery Maxwell (Yvette/Georgette), Philine Falco (Bianca /Gabrielle), Ada Paggi (Suzy/Lolette), Mark Windheim (Prunier), Louis D’Angelo (Rambaldo), George Cehanovsky (Périchaud), Lodivico Oliviero (Gobin), Paolo Ananian (Crebillon), Carlo Coscia (Major domo); cond. Gennaro Papi.

10 July, 1931 Tosca as Cavaradossi w. Yvonne Gall (Tosca), Giuseppe Danise (Scarpia), Alfredo Gandolfi (Angelotti), Louis D’Angelo (Sciarrone), VittorioTrevisan (Sacristan), Lodovico Oliviero (Spoletta), Paolo Ananian (Jailer), Philine Falco (Shepherd); cond. Gennaro Papi.

12 July, 1931 La Bohème as Rodolfo w. Lucrezia Bori (Mimi), Margery Maxwell (Musetta), Mario Basiola (Marcello), Virgilio Lazzari (Colline), Désiré Defrère (Shuanard), Paolo Ananian (Benoit/Alcindoro); cond. Gennaro Papi.

15, 25 July, 1931 L’Amore dei tre re as Avito w. Lucrezia Bori (Fiora), Giuseppe Danise (Manfredo), Virgilio Lazzari (Archibaldo), Marek Windheim (Flaminio); cond. Gennaro Papi.

3, 8, 14, 21, 29, 31 August, 1931 Peter Ibbetson (3 acts) as Peter Ibbetson w. Lucrezia Bori (Mary), Alfredo Gandolfi (Col. Ibbetson), Florence Macbeth (Mrs. Deane), Ina Bourskaya (Mrs. Glyn), Margery Maxwell (Diana Vivash & Sister of Charity), Ada Paggi (Madge Plunkett & Marie Pasquier), Philine Falco (Victorine), Marek Windheim (Achille & Footman), Léon Rothier (Duquesnois), Louis D’Angelo (Chaplain), Lodovico Oliviero (Charlie Plunkett), George Cehanovsky (Guy Mainwaring/Prison Governor), Paolo Ananian (Manservant/Turnkey); cond. Wilfred Pelletier.

5 August, 1931 Roméo et Juliette (Act 1; Act 2, scene 2; Act 3, scene 2; Act 4, scene 1, Act 5) as Roméo w. Yvonne Gall (Juliette), Margery Maxwell (Stéphano), Philine Falco (Gertrude), Désiré Defrère (Mercutio), Léon Rothier (Frère Laurent), Alfredo Gandolfi (Capulet), Paolo Ananian (Grégorio), Marek Windheim (Tybalt), Louis D’Angelo (Duke), Louis Derman (Paris); cond. Louis Hasselmans.

MET/NEW YORK

18 January, 1932 Peter Ibbetson same as 3 March, 1931 exc Gladys Swarthout (Mrs. Deane), Louise Lerch (Mme. Seraskier)
29 January, 1932 MAT same as 3 March 1931 exc. Aida Doninelli (Mme. Seraskier)
5 February, 1932 same as 3 March 1931 exc Doninelli (Mme. Seraskier), Marek Windheim (Achille)
17 February, 1932 same as 3 March, 1931 exc. Paolo Ananian (Manservant & Turnkey), Dorothea Flexer (Marie Pasquier), Aida Doninelli (Mme. Seraskier)
25 February, 1932 same as 3 March, 1931 exc Flexer (Mrs. Deane), Doninelli (Mme. Seraskier)
26 March, 1932 MAT same as 3 March, 1931 exc Marek Windheim (Achille), Aida Doninelli (Mme. Seraskier)
13 February, 1932 (Hansel & Gretel)/Pagliacci as Canio w. Lucrezia Bori (Nedda), Armando Borgioli (Tonio), Alfio Tedesco (Beppe), Claudio Frigerio (Silvio); cond. Vincenzo Bellezza.

28 February, 1932 Concert Andrea Chénier Improvviso & Louise Act 1 aria

MET/PHILADELPHIA

1 March, 1932 Peter Ibbetson - same as 3 March 1931 exc Swarthout (Mrs. Deane)

MET/NEW YORK

4 March, 1932 Sadko same as 25 January, 1930 exc. Faina Petrova (Niejata), Alfredo Gandolfi (Luka Zinovitch), Joseph Macpherson (Norseman)

6 March, 1932 Grand Operatic Surprise Party - EJ sings in American Flag sequence with 13 others and Deems Taylor.

10 March, 1932 Pelléas et Mélisande as Pelléas w. Lucrezia Bori (Mélisande), Ina Bourskaya (Genéviève), Ellen Dalossy (Yniold), Clarence Whitehill (Golaud), Léon Rothier (Arkel), Paolo Ananian (Physician); cond. Louis Hasselmans.
23 March, 1932 ditto exc. Pavel Ludikar (Golaud)

27 March, 1932 Concert Peter Ibbetson Duet act 2, scene 3 w. Queena Mario Six Stephen Foster songs with six other singers

MET/PHILADELPHIA

29 March, 1932 Roméo et Juliette as Roméo w. Lucrezia Bori (Juliette), Gladys Swarthout (Stéphano), Henrietta Wakefield (Gertrude), Angelo Bada (Tybalt), Max Altglass (Benvolio), Lawrence Tibbett (Mercutio), Millo Picco (Paris), Paolo Ananian (Gregorio), Léon Rothier (Friar Laurence), James Wolfe (Duke); cond Louis Hasselmans.

MET/NEW YORK

9 January, 1933 Roméo et Juliette as Roméo w. Lucrezia Bori (Juliette), Gladys Swarthout (Stéphano), Henrietta Wakefield (Gertrude), Angelo Bada (Tybalt), Max Altglass (Benvolio), Giuseppe De Luca (Mercutio). Millo Picco (Paris), Paolo Ananian (Gregorio), Louis D’Angelo (Capulet), Léon Rothier (Friar Laurence), Arthur Anderson (Duke of Verona), cond. Wilfred Pelletier.
3 February, 1933 ditto exc Queena Mario, (Juliette), Lawrence Tibbett (Mercutio)
22 February, 1933 same as 9 January, 1933 exc Eidé Norena (Juliette), Pinza (Friar Laurence)

13 January, 1933 Pagliacci as Canio w. Editha Fleischer (Nedda) Richard Bonelli (Tonio), Alfio Tedesco (Beppe), Claudio Frigerio (Silvio); cond. Vincenzo Bellezza + Emperor Jones.
19 January, 8 February 1933 ditto exc Armando Borgioli (Tonio)

21 January, 1933 MAT Pelléas et Mélisande as Pelléas w. Lucrezia Bori (Mélisande), Ina Bourskaya (Genéviève), Thalia Sabanieeva (Yniold), Ezio Pinza (Golaud), Léon Rothier (Arkel), Paolo Ananian (Physician), cond. Louis Hasselmans.
27 February, 1933 ditto exc Ellen Dalossy (Yniold)

MET/PHILADELPHIA

31 January, 1933 Pelléas et Mélisande as Pelléas with Lucrezia Bori (Mélisande), Ezio Pinza (Golaud), Léon Rothier (Arkel), Ina Bourskaya (Genevieve), Ellen Dalossy (Yniold), Paolo Ananian (Physician); cond. Louis Hasselmans.

MET/NEW YORK

12 February, 1933 Concert
Madama Butterfly Act I duet w. Queena Mario
Roméo et Juliette Salut tombeau & duet Act 5 w. Mario

17 February, 9 March, 1933 L’Amore dei tre re as Avito w. Lucrezia Bori (Fiora), Tancredi Pasero (Archibaldo), Richard Bonelli (Manfredo), Angelo Bada (Flaminio), Giordano Paltrinieri (Youth), Elda Vettori, (Maid), Helen Gleason (Young Woman), Dorothea Flexer (Old Woman & Shepherd); cond. Tullio Serafin.

25 February, 1933 Concert King’s Henchman finale Act 1 w. Richard Bonelli, Arthur Anderson, Max Altglass plus a few words from Edward Johnson

5 March, 1933 Concert Pagliacci Prologue, Ballatella, Ridi Pagliacci & duet w. Bori, Bonelli

MET/NEW YORK

26 December, 1933, 17 January, 17 March MAT 1934 Peter Ibbetson same as 7 February, 1931 except Gladys Swarhout (Mrs. Deane), Max Altgass (Footman), Elda Vettori (Sister of Charity), Dream Trio: George Cehanovsky (Pasquier a la Marière), Dorothea Flexer (Marie Pasquier), Helen Gleason (Mme. Seraskier).

31 December, 1933 Concert EJ - Lohengrin: In fernem land; La Bohème: excerpts Act 3 w. Nina Morgana, Helen Gleason & Armando Borgioli; Faust: Trio, Prison Scene w. Editha Fleischer, Ezio Pinza.

10 February, 1934 Merry Mount ** EJ as Sir Gower Lackland w. Göta Ljungberg (Lady Marigold Sandys), Lawrence Tibbett (Wrestling Bradford), Gladys Swarthout (Plentiful Tewke), Louis D’Angelo (Praise-God-Tewke), Irra Petina (Desire Annable), Giordano Paltrineri (Jonathan Banks), Henrietta Wakefield (Bridget Crackston), Alfredo Gandolfi (Myles Broadrib), George Cehanovsky (Thomas Morton), Helen Gleason (Peregrine Broadrib), Marek Windheim (Jack Prence), Millo Picco (Jewel Scrooby), Lillian Clark (Love Brewster), Arnold Gabor (Faint-not-Tinker), James Wolfe (Samoset), Max Altglass & Pompilio Malatesta (Puritans); cond. Tullio Serafin.
19 February, 1934 - ditto
28 February, 1934 same as 10 February exc. Pearl Besuner (Desire Annable), Irra Petina (Plentiful Tewke), Leonora Corona (Lady Marigold)
8 March, 1934 same as 10 February exc Leonora Corona (Lady Marigold)
23 March, 1934 same as 10 February exc Corona (Lady Marigold), Pearl Besuner (Desire Annable), Richard Bonelli (Wrestling Bradford), Irra Petina (Plentiful Tewke)

MET/PHILADELPHIA

13 February, 1934 Merry Mount same as 10 February, 1934 exc Leonora Corona (Lady Marigold Sandys)

MET/NEW YORK

23 February, 1934 Pelléas et Mélisande as Pelléas w. Lucrezia Bori (Mélisande), Ina Bourskaya (Genéviève), Ellen Dalossy (Yniold), Ezio Pinza (Golaud), Léon Rothier (Arkel), Paolo Ananian (Physician); cond. Louis Hasselmans.
21 March, 1934 - ditto exc Thalia Sabanieeva (Yniold)

25 February, 1934 All Request Program EJ - Die Meistersinger: Preislied cond. Wilfred Pelletier; - Sunrise and You (Penn); Favourite Songs of Yesterday and Today sung by ensemble of entire company

MET/BROOKLYN

6 March, 1934 Merry Mount - same 13 February exc Irra Petina (Plentiful Tewke), Pearl Besuner (Desire Annable)

MET/BOSTON

*7 April, 1934 MAT Pelléas et Mélisande as Pelléas w. Lucrezia Bori (Mélisande), Ina Bourskaya (Genéviève), Ellen Dalossy (Yniold), Ezio Pinza (Golaud), Léon Rothier (Arkel), Louis D’Angelo (Physician); cond. Louis Hasselmans.

MET/ROCHESTER

12 April, 1934 Merry Mount - same as 13 February exc Elda Vettori (Bridget Crackston)

TOWN HALL, NEW YORK

7 October, 1934 Concert to benefit Christadora House, a settlement school in a crowded part of the city.

METROPOLITAN QUARTET tour - 20 concerts

22 October - 24 November, 1934 EJ with Grace Moore, Rose Bampton, Richard Bonelli acc. by Giuseppe Bamboscek.

MET/NEW YORK

13 February, 1935 (In the Pasha’s Garden) (Cavalleria Rusticana)/Pagliacci as Canio w. Helen Jepson (Nedda), Lawrence Tibbett (Tonio), Alfio Tedesco (Beppe), George Cehanovsky (Silvio); cond. Vincenzo Bellezza.

27 February, 1935 Peter Ibbetson - same as 7 February, 1931 exc Gladys Swarthout (Mrs. Deane), Max Altglass (Footman), Elda Vettori (Sister of Charity), Millo Picco (Manservant & Turnkey); Dream Trio: Dorothea Flexer (Marie Pasquier), George Cehanovsky (Pasquier de la Marière), Helen Gleason (Mme Seraskier); cond. Wilfred Pelletier.

8, 20 March, 1935 Pelléas et Mélisande - same as 7 April, 1934

10 March, 1935 An Hour Long Concert on ABC Radio EJ sang arias from La Bohème, I Vespri Siciliani and favourite English and Irish songs.

31 March, 1935 Concert - Part 2 Operatic Surprise Party as a participant.

MET/BOSTON

4 April, 1935 Peter Ibbetson - same as 3 March 1931 exc Queena Mario (Mary), Gladys Swarthout (Mrs. Deane), Max Altglass (Footman), Irra Petina (Madge Plunkett & Mme. Seraskier), Elda Vettori (Sister of Charity), Millo Picco (Manservant & Turnkey), Pearl Besuner (Marie Pasquier)

DETROIT CIVIC OPERA SOCIETY

7 May, 1935 La Rondine as Ruggero w. Lucrezia Bori (Magda)

14 May, 1935 Peter Ibbetson as Peter w. Lucrezia Bori (Mary)

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