Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Mar 22, 2014

Alexis Boyer (Baritone) (1876-1954)



He studied singing at the Paris Conservatoire and made his debut in 1900 at the Opéra-Comique of Paris as Barnabé in ‘’Le Maître de Chapelle’’ of F. Paër. Then he sang in French provincial theatres and became in 1920 for the rest of his career, which lasted till 1945, a highly respected member of the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. He appeared in Brussels in a number of French-speaking opera premières. He also appeared in operettas. Later he lived again in France.

Chronology of some appearances (opera premières)

1924 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie  ‘’Prince Igor’’ (Borodin)
1926 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie‘’Turandot’’ (Puccini)
1929 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie‘’Der Spieler’’ (Prokofiev)
1930 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie‘’Ariadne on Naxos’’ (Strauss)
1932 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie‘’Le Preciose ridicule’’  (Lattuada)
1938 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie‘’ La Farsa amorosa’’ (Zandonai)
1937 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie‘’Golden Cock’’ (Rimsky-Korsakov)
1938 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie‘’I quattro rusteghi’’ (E.Wolf -Ferrari)


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Pathé cylinders & discs, Paris 1902? (G&B: 1897 - 1901)
Rigoletto (Verdi): O mes maîtres, ma voix vous implore 208
La Favorite (Donizetti): Pour tant damour 76
Mascotte (Audran): Ces envoyés du paradis 635
Joconde (Nicolò): Dans un délire extrême 389

G&T, Paris 1903
Reine de Chypre (Halevy): Duo  with Charles Rousseliere 34024 2352F
Richard Coeur de Lion (Grétry): Une fievre brulante with  Charles Rousseliere 34023 2350F

Odeon, Paris 1904
Hamlet (Thomas): Doute de la lumiere with Bontoux 33777

Odeon, Paris 1904-08?
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Duo with Bontoux 33774

G&T, Paris 1906
Noces de Jeannette (Massé): Margot, lève ton sabot 4-32123 5932o

Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1906?
Giroflé-Girofla (Lecocq): Chanson mauresque 17538
Mascotte (Audran): Les envoyés du paradis 17540
Francois les Bas-Bleus (Messager): Air 17541
Mousquetaires au Couvent (Varney): Couplets 17542
Mascotte (Audran): Air de Saltarello 17545

G&T, Paris 1907
Coeur et la Main (Lecocq): L'Adjudent et sa monture 4-32159 6645o

Anker, Paris? 1909?
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Air du Figaro 1650
Faust (Gounod): Mort de Valentin 1651

Odeon, Paris 1911/1912
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Ton coeur m'attend with Bakkers 111076 XP5431


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