Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Sep 28, 2014

Pierre Dupré (Bass-Baritone)


He studied singing at the Paris Conservatoire. In 1909 he was engaged by the Paris Opéra-Comique, where he debuted as François in ‘’Le Chemineau’’ of Xavie Leroux. In 1910 he appeared at the Opéra-Comique in the premiere of the opera ‘’Le Mariage de Télémaque’’ by Claude Terrasse in the part of Eumée. Here in 1912 he had a special success in ‘’Hoffmanns Erzählungen’’. In 1922 he sang in the French première of Puccini’s ‘’Gianni Schicchi’’ as Simone. In 1923 he sang in the première of the opera ‘’Pepita Jimenez’’ by Albeniz. Till the 1940’s he continued his career. His repertoire was very extensive and included roles like Arkel in ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’, Leporello in ‘’Don Giovanni’’, Nilakantha in ‘’Lakmé by Delibes, Alfonso in ‘’Così fan tutte’’ and Maclrton in ‘’La Dame blanche’’  of Boieldieu. In 1931 he appeared there in the premiere of the opera ‘’Cantegril’’ of Roger Ducasse. He was later a highly respected pedagogue and among other things the teacher of Marisa Ferrer, Marisa Beaujon, Henri Medus, Georges Thill and Elsa Ruhlmann.

Chronology of some appearances

1909-1940's Paris Opéra-Comique

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