Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

Dec 29, 2013

Victor Verteneuil (Tenor) (La Bouverie 1895 - Bruxelles 1973)



He studied at the Mons Conservatory with Tondeur (1912-14 as br.) and Houx (1921-22 as tenor). He took singing lessons with Melchissedec. From 1925 to 1930 he was the principal tenor at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. He appeared during these years there among other things in the premières of the operas ‘’Turandot’’ of Giacomo Puccini (1926) and ‘’Ariadne on Naxos’’ of Richard Strauss (1930). Sang there also roles like Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ aof Saint-Saëns, Jean in Massenet’s ‘’Hérodiade’’, José in ‘’Carmen’’, Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’, Verteneuil also appeared in R. Wagner’s operas. From 1930-35 he was to be found as a guest in several French operahouses, thus in Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, Mulhouse (Alsace) and in North Africa. At the opera house ofMonte Carlo he sang the role of Pedro in the première there of the opera ‘’Tiefland’’ of E. d'Albert. In 1935 he came back again to the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, where he sang with huge success untill 1942. From 1942 to 1962 he worked in Brussels as vocal pedagogue.

Chronology of some appearances


Herodiade-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Fierabras-Brussels, Monnaie, 14 January 1926 - Samson et Dalila-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Turandot-Brussels, Monnaie, 12 July 1926 - Le Prophete-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Salamnbo-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - L'anneau nuptial-Brussels, Monnaie, 3 March 1928 - Aida-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Salome-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - La Walkyrie-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Debora et Jaele-Brussels, Monnaie, 23 March 1929 - Siegfried-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Tannhauser-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Carmen-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Ariane a Naxos-Brussels, Monnaie, 17 March 30 - Tosca-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Paillasse-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Boris Godounov-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Cavalleria rusticana-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Le Trouvere-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Le Crepuscule des dieux-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - L'Africaine-Toulouse, Capitole 1931 - Sigurd-Toulouse, Capitole 1931 - Lohengrin-Toulouse, Capitole 1931 - Tiefland-Brussels, Monnaie, 10 March 1931 - Henri VIII-Brussels, Monnaie, 14 October 1935 - Quo Vadis-Brussels, Monnaie, 1936 - Kaatje (act 4)-Brussels, Monnaie, 1937.

RECORDINGS FOR SALE







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Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni):  O Lola  S402 15290
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba S403


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