Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Jan 7, 2014

Jules Gautier (Charles Gauthier) (Marseille, France 1866 – Paris? 1951)



After finishing his education at the Conservatories of Marseilles and Paris Gautier sang at the Opera of Angers, then at the Théâtre de la Haye in Hague. Since 1896 he appeared at the Grand Opéra, where he made his debut as Sigurd on 3 July. In 1898 he sang the part of Manrico in ‘’Trovatore’’ during the summer season at the Paris Renaissance, and the following year performed at the Opera in Nice. Since 1901 he was engaged (at least till 1904) by the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where he made his debut as Gérald in ‘’Lakmé’’ of L. Delibes. He remained there for two seasons, singing in productions of ‘’Carmen’’, ‘’Mireille’’, ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’and ‘’La bohème’’. In the 1908-1909 season he appeared again at the Grand Opéra, where he performed in ‘’Les Huguenots’’, ‘’Samson et Dalila’’, ‘’Faust’’, ‘’Aida’’, ‘’Rigoletto’’, and ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’. In 1901 as Charles Gauthier he appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Manrico in ‘’Trovatore’’ togheter with Giuseppe Campanari, Marcel Journet and Rosa Olitzka. In 1907 he made guest appearance at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Probably he retired in 1910.

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Paris Grand Opera Sigurd (Sigurd)
1898 Paris Renaissance Trovatore (Manrico)
1901 Paris Opera-Comique Lakmé (Gérald)
1901 New York Metropolitan Opera Trovatore (Manrico)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Pathé cylinders & discs, Paris 1902? (G&B: 1897 - 1901)
Faust (Gounod): A moi les plaisirs with Paul Aumonier 0693
Mignon (Thomas): Elle ne croyait pas 0412
Lakmé (Delibes): Fantaisie 0395
Walküre (Wagner): Chant d'amour 0276

Pathe, Paris 1907?
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Plus blanche Pathe 4689 0147
Martha (Flotow): Lorsqu'а mes yeux Pathe 4688 0147
Mireille (Gounod): O Magali! duo with Boyer 12

Homophone, Paris 1906
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira 8804

Pathé, Paris 1907?
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): O Mathilde 4687 0146
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Asiel héréditaire 4688 0147

Odeon, Paris
Guglielmo Tell (Rossini): Troncar suoi di with Weber and Aumonier 33859

Prophete (Meyerbeer): Pour Bertha 
Martha (Flotow): Lorsqu'à mes yeux
Dame Blanche (Boïeldieu): Viens, gentille dame
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Blanche plus que la blanche hermine
Le Trouvere (Verdi): Suplice infame
Prophete (Meyerbeer): Roi du ciel 


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