Yorgos Hatziloukas (AKA Giorgio Lucà)
Yorgos Hatziloukas (also known as Geiorgios Hatziloukas or Giorgios Z. Chatziloukas) was one of the first internationally known Greek tenors after the famous Giovanni Apostolou. During his Italian career (1901-1908) he used the artistic name of Giorgio Lucà.
CHRONOLOGY 1900 Athens- Municipal Theater (Ellinikon Melodrama) La Boheme April 14 Dyo adelfoi (Two brothers) (Dionysios Lavrangas) (world premiere): Kostas Vakarellis (bar.), Mihalis Vlachopoulos (bass) April 24 Piraeus- Municipal Theater La Favorita: Athena Rousaki (ms), Kostas Vakarellis (bar.) December 3 Rigoletto: Maria Taddolini (s), Kostas Vakarellis (bar.) December 7 1901 Torino- Teatro Carignano La Traviata April 1902 Genova- Politeama Genovese Rigoletto November Oneglia- Teatro Umberto Iº Faust December 29 1903 Oneglia- Teatro Umberto Iº Cavalleria Rusticana January Varese- Teatro Sociale L'elisir d'amore September I Puritani September Cittadella- Teatro Sociale Rigoletto October Milano- Società Luce ed Ombra I Travolti (unknown composer): Elisa Leveroni (s), Antonietta Benci (s), Alessandro Niccolini (bass) November 1904 Perugia- Teatro Morlacchi I Puritani July 27 (or, 28) Savona August 1905 Athens- Municipal Theater Concert (arias included Che gelida manina, O soave fanciulla) September 25 1906 Smyrna- Cocoli Theater Titles unknown June Falero- New Greece Theater Rigoletto August Athens- Olympia Theater La Traviata La Boheme Il barbiere di Siviglia October Constantinople- International Theater La Traviata October 1908 Athens- Odeon (Conservatory of Athens) Concert (arias from Mefistofele, Fedora, I Puriani, Tosca, Pescatori di Perle) (with Miss Lymberopoulou, Mrs. Georgantopoulou and Mr. Ioannis Tzoumanis) September 25 Athens- Municipal Theater (Ellinikon Melodrama) La Boheme: Anderson (s) December 30 1909 Athens- Municipal Theater (Ellinikon Melodrama) La Boheme: April 3 Athens- Municipal Theater (Ellinikon Melodrama) Dido (Dionysios Lavrangas) (world première) April 19 1913 Athens- Municipal Theatre (Ellinikon Melodrama) La Boheme: (with Eleni Vlachopoulos (s), Yannis Angelopoulos (br), Mihalis Vlachopoulos (bs), Herc. Oikonomides (br) October 29 Athens- Municipal Theatre (Ellinikon Melodrama) Faust: (with Paschalides (bs) October 31 1914 Cyprus (Larnaca and Nicosia) Recitals (with Yannis Konstantinides, piano) May 1916 Athens - unknown venue Concert (with Miss Giannarou (s) and Timotheos Xanthopoulos (piano) March 3 Athens- Olympia Theater (Ellinikon Melodrama) Il barbiere di Siviglia: Yannis Angelopoulos (bt), Mihalis Vlachopoulos (bs) June 11 1918 Salonica- Ellinikon Melodrama Il barbiere di Siviglia: Lela Perpinia (s), Yannis Angelopoulos (bt), Mihalis Vlachopoulos (bs) May 3 Faust May 22 Rigoletto May 23 La Favorita: Dolores Frau (ms) May 24 Il barbiere di Siviglia: Lela Perpinia (s), Yannis Angelopoulos (bt), Mihalis Vlachopoulos (bs) June 10 NOTE: For many years it was thought that Giorgio Lucà had sung at the Metropolitan Opera in New York during the 1907/1908 season, under the name of George Lucas(1868-?) Lucas ang at the Paris Opera, with his wife Julia Lucas, during 1899-1900. Most of their careers took place in France. Suddenly Lucas was singing minor roles in New York (MET) and Philadelphia. After that, both of them seemed to have disappeared.. It has been demonstrated that the singer who sang at the Metropolitan was a French tenor, according to the New York Times of 19 November 1907: "George Lucas who will make his début in the small rôle of the Abbe de Chazeuil, is a French tenor who made his début at Geneva in 1898, and he has sung at Paris, Bordeaux, Nice, Lyons, Marseilles, Antwerp, and New Orleans." Therefore, the Greek tenor Giorgio Lucà never sang in the United States.
DISCOGRAPHY FONOTIPIA RECORDS 1906 (March) (with piano acc.) Cat. Nº. Title Matrix Nº. 39580 Oneiron (Dream) (K.M. Papageorgiou) XPH-1730 39581 Pes mou ti eho stin kardia (Tell me what I have in my heart) (Dimitrios Rodios) XPH-1732 Unpublished Peambos XPH-1733 39582 O Gero Demos (Old man Demos) (Pavlos Carrer) XPH-1734 (Included in the opera Markos Botsaris) 39583 Tsompanopoulo Thlimmeno (Sad shepherd's kid) XPH-1735 (Nikolaos Kokkinos-Evanghelos Pandopoulos) 39584 H Petalouda (Butterfly) (Dimitrios Rodios-Ioannis Polemis) XPH-1736 39585 Epistepsa (I believed) (Napoleon Labelet-Ioannis Polemis) XPH-1737 39586 Matia pou den Vlepoun (Eyes that do not see) XPH-1738 39587 To Matemena tis Oiaia XPH-1739 39596 Ela Pame (Come on, let's go) XPH-1731 1907 (October/November) (with orchestra acc.) (with piano??) 62144 Sta Xena- Monodia (Llonardou) XPH-2875 62145 Giati (Why) (Anamnisis tis Smyrnis) (Timotheos Xanthopoulos) XPH-2560 62146 Werther: Io no son se son desto…O natura 62292 Greek Song 62293 Greek Song 62296 Mefistofele: Dai campi, dai prati 62297 L'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima
The author gratefully acknowledges Dr. Nicholas A. Peppas, Greek researcher, who kindly revised the draft of this work and made corrections and generously provided very important information concerning this now forgotten Greek tenor. My gratitude also to Dr. Stathis Arfanis who added several titles, corrected the Greek words in the Discography and provided the names of the authors of music and words for the Greek records.
Photograph (Left): Courtesy of Dr. Stathis Arfanis (Athens, Greece)
Photograph (right):Roberto Marcocci's website
Source for the picture the extraodinary site of Roberto Marcocci