Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Nov 24, 2014

François Mezy (Baritone) (Montfrin 1872 - Montpellier 1963)


He was a pupil the song pedagogue Paul Lhérie and Léon Melchissèdec in Paris. In 1900 he made his debut at the Théâtre de Nîmes as Nelusco in ''L'Africaine'' of  G. Meyerbeer. During the following ten years he appeared at the French provincial opera houses. Then in 1910 he was engaged by the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where he appeared with great success. He was famous for his interpretations of  Escamillo in ''Carmen'', the father in ''Louise'' of G. Charpentier, Scarpia in ''Tosca'' and the Karnac in ''Le Roi d'Ys'' of E. Lalo. In 1912 he guested in Marseille and created, besides, in the French première of G. Puccini's ''La Fanciulla del West'' the role of the Jack Rance. Last he lived as a pedagogue in Montpellier.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Théâtre de Nîmes
1910 Paris Opéra-Comique


Odeon, Paris 1911-01-01
La favorite (Donizetti): Léonore, pourquoi tristement baisser les yeux with Marie Charbonnel X 111206 xP 5423
La favorite (Donizetti): Dans vos palais ma pauvre âme soupire with Marie Charbonnel X111207 xP 5424

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