Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 8, 2014

Emmanuel Lafarge (Tenor)


After he had been trained at the Conservatoire National de Paris, he made his debut in 1889 at the opera theatre of Rouen. Here he sang on 3. 3. 1890 in the French premiere of the opera  ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ of Saint-Saens (after premiere in 1877 in Weimar) the part of the Samson. From 1890 to 1892 he was engaged by the Theatre de la Monnaie of Brussels, afterwards by the opera house of Lyons. In the 1894-95 season he appeared at La Scala, where he sang the title role in ‘’Sigurd’’ of Reyer and the Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’. Then in 1896 he also guested at  Grand Opera appearing in ’’ Samson et Dalila’’ and ‘Walkiria’’. He had a successful career in the leading opera stages in the French province in which he appeared in particular as a Wagner's interpreter (Tristan, Siegfried etc.). 

Chronology of some appearances

1889 Rouen Opera House 
1890 Rouen Opera House 
1890-1892 Brussels Theatre de la Monnaie 
1894-1895 Milan La Scala
1896 Paris Grand Opera


Lioret cylinders, Paris, ca. 1898/1901 (Henri Lioret)
Robert le Diable (Meyerbeer): O fortune, a ton caprice 4
Stances (Flegier) 11
Juive (Halevy): Rachel quand du Seigneur 
Juive (Halevy): Rachel quand du Seigneur (Version 2)
Joseph (Mehul): Vainement Pharaon ...Champs paternels 36
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Ange adorable with Mademoiselle Defodan
Trouvère (Verdi): Dieu que ma voix implore
Aïda (Verdi): O céleste Aïda
Lohengrin (Wagner): O mon cher cygne
Siegfried (Wagner): Nothung! Nothung! 

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