Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 14, 2014

Fernand Baer (Bass) (? 1875 - Lille 1937)

He studied singing at the Paris Conservatory and concluded his study in 1900. He was engaged in 1901 by the Grand Opéra in Paris. There he debuted as Scaurus in ''Les Barbares'' of Saint-Saëns. In 1902 he appeared at the Grand Opéra in the premiere of the opera ''Orsola'' of Paul and Lucien Hillemachers. His repertoire included roles like Mefistofele in ''Faust'' of Gounod, Sparafucile in ''Rigoletto'' and Norfolk in ''Henri VIII'' of Saint-Saëns. He also had a great success in Nice and Monte Carlo (1904). His records show him as a bass of the great vocal strength and strong personal radiation, in addition, as a singer who had still rooted completely in the tradition of the 19-th century.

Chronology of some appearances

1901 Paris Grand Opéra Les Barbares (Scaurus)
1902 Paris Grand Opéra Orsola (-)
1904 Nice, Monte Carlo


Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1905?
Juive (Halévy): Cavatine 17153
Juive (Halévy): Malédiction 17163
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Invocation 17185
Faust (Gounod): Sérénade 17184
Faust (Gounod): Scène de l'église 17216
Le cor (Flégier) 17215
Robert le diable (Meyerbeer): Evocation 17159
Les sapins (Dupont) 17158

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