Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Jul 15, 2013

Gaston Dubois (tenor) (? 1879 - ?)



He studied at the Paris Conservatory under Lhérie. His debut took place in 1901 as Vasco in Meyerbeer’s ‘’Africaine’’ at the Grand Opéra in Paris, where he was engaged from 1902 to 1911. Then he went to appear at the Opéra-Comique, but since 1919 he was again a member of the Grand Opéra, where he appeared now also in character parts. He sang here among other things the role of Narraboth in the première of the opera ‘’Salome’’ of R. Strauss (1907), Nicias in ‘’Thaïs’’ of  Massenet, Don Ottavio in ‘’ Don of Giovanni’’ in his repertoire were also found Don José in ‘’Carmen’’, Grieux in Massenet’s ‘’Manon’’, Hoffmann in ‘’The tales of Hoffmann’’, Werther in ‘’Werther’’, Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’, Erik in the ‘’Flying Dutchman’’ and other parts from the French repertoire. On 2. 6. 1922 he appeared at the Grand Opéra in the premiere of Strawinsky’s ‘’Renard’’. He guested a lot in the French province, he was especially admired at the opera houses of Monte Carlo and Nice. At the opera house of Monte Carlo he sang in 1903 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Tasso’’ of  Eugène d'Harcourt, in 1925 in the premiere of Ravel’s ‘’L'Enfant et les sortilèges’’. In 1918 he appeared with his wife at the opera house of Rio de Janeiro as a guest. Till 1930 he was still to be heard in smaller roles in Monte Carlo; he been active in this house also as a director. He was married to mezzo-soprano Tina Dubois-Lauger, together they performed in  Paris and Monte Carlo. The artist spent his old age in Nice where he lived still in 1952.

Chronology of some appearances

1901 Paris  Grand Opéra Africaine (Vasco)
1917-1918 Barcelona Teatro Liceu Thais (Nicias)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Odeon, Paris 1904
Sigurd (Reyer): Esprit gardiens 33222

Odeon, Paris 1907
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Septuor, pt 1 with  Landouzy, Lauger-Dubois, Amelia Talexis, Régis, Rigaux and  Billot  56132 XP3642
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Septuor, pt 2 with Landouzy, Lauger-Dubois, Amelia Talexis, Régis, Rigaux and  Billot 56148 XP3643
Africaine (Meyerbeer): O transports with Amelia Talexis 60496 xP 3713
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Combien tu m'es chere with Amelia Talexis 60493 XP3711
Traviata (Verdi): Septuor with  Lauger-Dubois, Régis, Rigaux, Billot,  Maletti and Landouzy 56146 XP3644
Boheme (Puccini): Addio, dolce svegliare with, Et. Billot,, Lise Landouzy and Lauger-Dubois 56157
Boheme (Puccini): Part2 with, Et. Billot, Lise Landouzy and Lauger-Dubois 56151
Manon (Massenet): Nous irons а Paris with Lise Landouzy 56167 XP3750
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah, lève-toi, soleil 33227

Columbia
Sigurd (Reyer): Esprits gardiens 32904 

Neron
Les Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Plus blanche 2040 5228

Gramophone, Paris 1908
Le Prophète (Meyerbeer): Roi du ciel 3-32785 5594h

Edison 4-min cylinders, Paris 1908/1909
Faust (Gounod): Cavatine BA 27015
Pensée d'automne (Massenet) BA 27113
Boheme (Puccini): Je suis poete BA 27116

Homophone, Paris
Faust (Gounod): Trio with Lauger Dubois and Fournets 8392


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