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Dec 29, 2013
Arthur Lheureux (Tenor) (Frameries 1882 - Bonsecours 1950)
First he studied singing at the conservatoire
of Mons and then in Brussels under Désiré Demest. In 1909 he
began his stage career at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, where he appeared
as comprimario. In 1912 he appeared at the opera house of Nancy in the premiere of the opera ‘’Le Pays’’ of Guy Ropartz. In 1916
he was engaged by the Opéra-Comique in Paris.
In this opera house he sng till 1925. Here he appeared among other things as Julien
in ‘’Louise’’ of Charpentier, De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’ of Massenet, José in ‘’Carmen’’,
Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ and Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. He was also
known by his appearance as a soloist in numerous concerts in France like in his native Belgian country.
From 1926 to 1948 he was occupied as a professor and singing teacher at the
conservatoire of Mons. His a few records, which made for Parlophon, are extremely rare.
Chronology of some appearances
1909 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1912 Nancy Opera House
1916-1925 Paris Opéra-Comique
RECORDING FOR SALE
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba P. 2093 379
Manon (Massenet): Le rêve 380 P2094
Mignon (Thomas): Elle ne croyait pas P. 2091 377
Manon (Massenet): Ah! Fuyez P. 2095 381
Aida (Verdi): Céleste Aida (Fr)
Faust (Gounod): Salut, ô mon dernier matin P. 1904