Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Sep 14, 2014

Jean Vallier (Bass) (? 1863 - Paris 1952)




He was trained at the Paris Conservatory and belonged to the leading French basses of his time. In 1899 he sang the role of king in ''Tristan und Isolde'' and then in 1902 the role of Hagen in the French première of ''Götterdämmerung'' at the Théâtre du Château d'Eau in Paris under Alfred Cortot. He was active in the 1890-91, 1900-1901 and 1903-07 seasons at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, where he appeared on 30. 11. 1903  in the premiere of E. Chausson's ''Le Roi Arthus'' and in 1907 a smaller role in the première of the opera ''Salome'' of Richard Strauss. In 1903 and 1908-09 seaqsons he sang at the Opera House in Monte Carlo, in the  1910-11 season at the Grand Opéra in Paris. In the 1909-10 season he was engaged by the Manhattan Opera House in New York; he sang there in the New York première of Massenet's ''Hérodiade''. He also performed at the Covent Garden in London.

Chronology of some appearances

1890 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1891 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1899 Paris Théâtre du Château d'Eau Tristan und Isolde (King)
1900 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1901 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1902 Paris Théâtre du Château d'Eau Götterdämmerung (Hagen)
1903-1907 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1903 Monte Carlo Opera House
1908-1909 Monte Carlo Opera House
1909-1910 New York Manhattan Opera House

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1905/1906
Hamlet (Thomas): Prière 17564
Reine de Saba (Gounod): Air 17566
L'homme et la mer (Flégier)


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