Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 22, 2014

Edouard Cotreuil (Bass) (France 1874 - ?)


In  the 1902-1905 seasons he appeared at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. Here he sang in several opera premieres, in ‘’L'Étranger’’ of Vincent d'Indy (7. 1. 1903) and in ‘’Le Roi Arthus’’ of Ernest Chausson (30. 11. 1903 as Merlin). In 1908 he took part at the Opera House in Lyon in the premiere of the opera ‘’Salomé’’ by A. Mariotte. At the Covent Garden in London he appeared with success in  the 1904-1905, 1919-20 and 1924-27 seasons. On 1. 4. 1913 he sang at the Casino Municipal in Nice in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Vida breve’’ of Manuel de Falla in the part of the uncle Salvador. In 1920 he was engaged by the Chicago Opera and sang there till 1929 again with success. He appeared here in 1920 in the American première of Ravel’s ‘’L'Heure espagnole’’ and on 30. 12. 1921 in the premiere of the opera ‘’L'Amour trois oranges’’ by Prokofiev in the part of the Celio. His repertoire included parts like Golo in ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’ by Debussy, Basilio in ‘’Il barbiere di Siviglia’’, Raimondo in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, Mephistofele in ''Faust'' of Gounod, Sparafucile in ''Rigoletto'', Césaire in ''Sapho'' of Massenet, Hunding in ''Die Walkure'' and the Prior in ''Le Jongler de Notre Dame'' of Massenet.

 Chronology of some appearances

1902-1905 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1904-1905 London Covent Garden
1908 Lyon Opera House
1913 Nice Casino Municipal
1919-1920 London Covent Garden
1920-1929 Chicago Opera
1924-1927 London Covent Garden


Odeon, Paris? 1904-08?
Mignon (Thomas): Berceuse 33783 XP771

HMV, London 1926-06-17 (actual performance)
Otello (Verdi): Niun mi tema with Zenatello, Cilla and Sampieri DB955 2-054168

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