Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 30, 2011

Lucien Muratore (Tenor) (Marseille 1876 - Paris 1954)

Lucien Muratore, Lina Cavalieri and Titta Ruffo

He was born and trained in Marseille, first as a cornist, and later as an actor. He made his debut at the Odeon theatre in Paris, where he played opposite such actresses as Sarah Bernhardt and Rejane. He then studied at the Paris Music Conservatory, and made his operatic debut in 1902, at the Opera-Comique, creating the King in Reynaldo Hahn's La carmelite. He made his debut at La Monnaie in 1904, as Werther, and the following year at the Palais Garnier, as Renaud in Lully's Armide. He created several Massenet operas such as Ariane and Bacchus, at the Opera, and Roma, in Monte Carlo. He also took part in the creation of La Catalane by Le Borne, Monna Vanna by Henry Fevrier, Dejanire by Camille Saint-Saens, and Pйnelope by Gabriel Faure. He became principal French tenor with the Boston Opera Company, the Chicago Grand Opera Company (1913–1914), the Chicago Opera Association (1915–1921), and the Chicago Civic Opera (1922). He also appeared at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Muratore retired from the stage in 1931. He was married first to soprano Marguerite Beriza, and later to soprano Lina Cavalieri, with whom he appeared in a silent movie, Manon Lescaut, in 1914. In 1944 Muratore was for a few weeks Director of the Opera-Comique but was removed on the Liberation of Paris. His art of singing was at times almost overshadowed by his immense talent as an actor and elegance on stage. His students included Kenneth Neate, to whom he gave some of his own costumes for Don Jose (Bizet's Carmen).

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Chicago  Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1914 Boston  Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1915 Chicago  Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Fort Worth  Coliseum Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Kansas City  Convention Hall Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Milwaukee  Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Omaha  Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Toledo  Terminal Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Tulsa  Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Chicago  Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 St. Louis  Teatro Coliseum Carmen (Don Jose)
1918 Boston  Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1918 Chicago  Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1919 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Carmen (Don Jose)
1919 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Carmen (Don Jose)
1921 Chicago Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)


Pathé cylinders & discs, Paris 1903-10?
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Vive le vin qui pétille! 3730

Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1904
Faust (Gounod): A moi les plaisirs 17014
Faust (Gounod): Ne me permettez-vous pas with M. Beriza 17350
Faust (Gounod): Il se fait tard with M. Beriza 17395

Odeon, Paris 1904-04/06
Carmen (Bizet): La fleur que tu m'avais jetee 3983
Carmen (Bizet): Dut-il m'en couter la vie 3984 P445

Dutreih cylinders & discs, Paris 1905
Carmen (Bizet): Dut-il m'en couter la vie 150386
Traviata (Verdi): Buvons, buvons jusqu'a la lie 150145

Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1905-05
Traviata (Verdi): De miei bollenti spiriti 17523

Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1905-07
Carmen (Bizet): Tu me dis de la suivre 17590
Carmen (Bizet): Entr'acte, no.1 17583

Favorite, Paris 1906-02-10/19
Mirellie (Gounod): Anges du paradis 1-5285
O sole mio (Di Capua) 1-5284

Zonophone, Paris 1906-06
Tosca (Puccini): Le ciel luisait d'étoiles X-82552 5733o
Traviata (Verdi): Non, non, loin d'elle (De' miei bollenti spiriti) X-82553
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Pauvre Paillasse X-82555

Zonophone, Paris 1906-07
Sigurd (Reyer): Prince du Rhin X-82570
Favorite (Donizetti): Ange si pur X-82578
O sole mio (di Capua) X-82575
Jocelyn (Godard): Berceuse X-82576
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Cavatine X-82577
Sigurd (Reyer): J'ai garde mon ame ingenue X-82558
Sigurd (Reyer): Le bruit des chants s'eteint X-82568 5819o
Sigurd (Reyer): Hilda, vierge au pale sourire X-82569 5820o

G&T, Paris 1906-07
Favorite (Donizetti): Ah, va dans une autre patrie with Demougeot 34161 5835o

Favorite, Paris 1906-07-10/18
Faust (Gounod): Laisse-moi contempler, pt 1 with  Laute-Brun 1-9070 1807-o
Faust (Gounod):  pt 2 with Laute-Brun 1-9071 1808-o

Eden, Paris 1906-10?
Manon (Massenet): Eh quoi! partir ensemble with Leclerc E8024
Manon (Massenet): Et je sais votre nom with Leclerc E8023

A.P.G.A., Paris 1907-01?
Ariane (Massenet): Arioso de Thesee 1490
Ariane (Massenet): La folie de Thesee. 1493
Ariane (Massenet): Le bonheur qui t'est cher 1491
Ariane (Massenet): O vierge guerriere 1492
Faust (Gounod): Salut, o mon dernier matin! 1499

A.P.G.A., Paris 1907-03
Mignon (Thomas): Elle ne croyait pas 1664
Jocelyn (Godard): Cachés dans cet asile 1672

Pathe, New York 1916-04/05
Magali (trad) (TRC: Sapho (Massenet): O Magali??) 63008 E65467
Manon (Massenet): Ah! fuyez, douce image 63004 E65469
La foret de Noel (Margis) with Lina Cavalieri 64003

Pathe, New York 1917-01-03
Non m'amate piu (Tosti) 63004
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 63016
Tu ne sauras jamais! (Millandy-Rico) 63003 E65915
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah! lève-toi, soleil 63015 E65913
Carmen (Bizet): La fleur 63011 E65908 

Pathe, New York 1917-04
Mignon (Thomas): Elle ne croyait pas 63005
Roi d'Ys (Lalo): Vainement, ma bien-aimee (Aubade) 63013

Fortunio (Messager): J'amais la vieille maison grise 63009

Pathe, New York 1918-10
Monna Vanna (Fevrier): Elle est а moi, Vanna 54019
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Pays merveilleux! 54006 E67004

Pathe, Paris 1928-08
La chanson de Barberine (Loret) X3390 N201588
Magali (Mistral) X3390 N201597

Pathe, Paris 1931-01?
Bonsoir Madame la Lune! (Bessiere, Marinier) X3478

1 comment:

  1. MOLTO BELLO!!! Thank you for sharing this valuable biographical information.