Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 2, 2014

Maurice Décléry (Baritone) (? 1873 - Paris 1957)


After his education he made his debut in 1897 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, where he remained engaged till 1900. Then he appeared in 1900 and 1901 as a guest at Covent Garden in London, among other things as Nevers in ‘’Les Huguenots’’ of Meyerbeer and as Valentin in ‘’Faust’’ of Gounod. In 1901 he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York in which he remained till 1903. Here as a beginning part he sang the role of Escamillo in ‘’Carmen’’, later he performed in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’, ‘’Faust’’, ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ and ‘’Pagliacci’’. He returned in 1903 again to Europe and became again a member of the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, where he finished his career in 1923. To his most important parts belonged the Germont in ‘’La Traviata’’, Ourrias in ‘’Mireille’’ of Gounod, Lothario in ‘’Mignon’’ of A. Thomas, Vézir in ‘’Marouf’’ of H. Rabaud, Lescaut in Massenet’s ‘’Manon’’,  Francois in ‘’Le Chemineau’’ of Xavier Leroux and the Chilon in ‘’Quo vadis?’’ of Nouguès, parts which he also reported at guest performances in French theaters. He wrote his family name sometimes also as de Cléry.

Chronology of some appearances

1897-1900 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1900-1901 London Covent Garden
1901-1903 New York Metropolitan Opera
1903-1923 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie


Odeon, Paris 1904/1905
La charite (Faure) 36665
Tannhauser (Wagner): Romance de l'etoile 36607
Lakme (Delibes): Stances 36613

Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1904/1905
Princesse d'Auberge (Blockx): Romance 17010
Pauvres fous (Tagliafico) 17144

Columbia, Paris 1905?
Faust (Gounod): Serenade 50559
Traviata (Verdi): Lorsque de folles amours 50565 D1111

No comments:

Post a Comment