Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

Feb 12, 2014

Henri Albers (Baritone) (Amsterdam 1866 – Paris 1925)


                          Arthur Darmel, Andre Bauge and Henri Albers in ''Pagliacci''

 Rigoletto

Guglielmo Tell

He was at first an actor. After some appearances in operettas he made his opera debut in 1886 with the role of Méphistophéles (‘’Faust’’ Gounod) at  Hollandsche Opera company of  De Groot. Here he sang in 1889 in the premiere of 'Brinio' (Simon van Milligen). After 1890 guest appearances in Europa and later in America (Metropolitan Opera). From 1899 to his dead he joined the Opera Comique in Paris, where he sang the title role in the premiere of ‘’Macbeth’’ (E Bloch). He specialised above all to the French repertory. Debuted (1889) in Amsterdam as Gounod's Méphistophélès (‘Faust’’). He toured the U.S. with Jean de Reszke, Nellie Melba, and Emma Calvé before appearing with the Metropolitan Opera in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ as Mercutio (1898). Albers remained with the Metropolitan for one season and then returned to Europe where he made his mark on the French stages. He appeared frequently at the Opéra-Comique, Covent Garden, and at the Monnaie in Brussels. Seen here as Scarpia.

Chronology of some appearances

1886 Hollandsche Opera company
1889 Hollandsche Opera company
1899 Paris Opera Comique

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Pathé cylinders & discs, Paris 1904/1905
Roi de Lahore (Massenet): Promesse de mon avenir 966
Grisélidis (Massenet): L'oiseau captif 971
Hamlet (Thomas): Comme une pâle fleur 973
Favorite (Donizetti) Favorite (Donizetti) Groote ari  30783

Odeon, Bruxelles 1906-07?
Faust (Gounod): Invocation 36663 XF782
Hamlet (Thomas): Comme une pâle fleur 36676 XF781

Pathé, Paris 1906/1907
Het deerbaar ouderhuis (van Herzeele) 30572
Van eene koningsvrouwe (Spoel) 30575
Kerstlied (Adam) 30566
Ik ken een lied (de Mol) 30563

Edison cylinders, Paris 1907?
Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Air 17788
Louise (Charpentier): Air du père 17832

Pathé, Paris 1907/1908
Le Cor (Flégier)
Le Clairon (Deroulède) 4779
Rigoletto (Verdi): Au temple où ma prière with Marignan 3559
Aida (Verdi): Tu verras cette terre with Marignan 3554

Pathé, Paris 1910 – 1912
Sigurd (Reyer): Et toi, Fréïa 402
Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Voici des roses 410
Muette de Portici (Auber): Amour sacre with Vaguet 561
L'Aigle (Nougues): Ah! mes fideles 793
Carmen (Bizet): Je suis Escamillo with de Poumayrac 976
Aben-Hamet (Dubois): Reine, toi qu'Hamet 996
Tosca (Puccini): Si pour de beaux yeux 999
Faust (Gounod): Scène de l'église 338
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prologue 398
Het credo van den landman (Goublier) 30791
De avond (Gounod) 30788
Rigoletto (Verdi): Quatuor with Vaguet, Marignan & Bériza 0791

Pathe, Paris
La Marseillaise (de l'Isle) with Robert Lassalle & Ketty Lapeyrette  0590 3177

Pathé, Paris 1912
Complete Favorite (Donizetti): with Lassalle, de Poumayrac, Lapeyrette, Marvini and Ganteri

Pathé, Paris 1912
Complete Traviata (Verdi): with Troselli and Morlet


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