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Forgotten Opera Singers
Sep 13, 2014
Gaston Demarcy (Baritone) (Marcinelle, Belgium 1884 - Gaillac, France 1972)
His real name was Gastone Culot. He studied singing
first under Dêsiré Demest in Brussels, then with
Jean Martapoura in Paris.
In the 1911-1914 and 1918-1920 seasons he was engaged by the Théâtre de la
Monnaie in Brussels.
Here he sang roles like the Valentin in ‘’Faust’’ of Gounod, Rigoletto, Amonasro
in ‘’Aida’’, Scarpia in ‘’Toscaand appeared in the premières of the operas ‘’La Fanciulla del West’’ of Puccini (1912), ‘’Parsifal’’
(1914) and ‘’Pénélope’’ of Gabriel Fauré (1913). After a guest performance in
Rio de Janeiro (1920 in ‘’Manon’’ of Massenet) and appearances at the Opera
House in Monte Carlo (1921 as Grand-Prêtre in ‘’Samson et of Dalila’’ of
Saint-Saëns, Hérode in ‘’Hérodiade’’ of Massenet, Nevers in ‘’Huguenots’’ of
Meyerbeer, Valentin in ‘’Faust’’ of Gounod and Amfortas in ‘’Parsifal’’) he was
engaged in the 1922-1928 seasons as the first baritone by the Royal Opera in
Antwerp. In 1944 he still sang in Pau and in Perpignan, among other
things in ‘’Pagliacci’’ of Leoncavallo together with Georges Thill.
I wish to thank Alain Bonnefis for providing me
Chronology of some appearances
1911-1914 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1918-1920 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1920 Rio de Janeiro Opera House
1921 Monte Carlo Opera House
1922-1928 Antwerp Royal Opera
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