Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 21, 2015

Joachim Cerdan (Bass) (Paris 1877 - Paris 1921)

In 1907 he joined to the Grand Opéra  in  Paris and remained a member  till 1920. He appeared there in the premiere of the operas ''Monna Vanna'' (1909) by Henry Février, ''Bacchus'' of J. Massenet (1909), ''Le Miracle'' (1910) by Georges Hüe, and ''Siberia'' (1911) of U Giordano. In 1920 he made guest appearances at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, then also in Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo. His best role was counted the Abimelech in ''Samson et of Dalila'' of  C. Saint-Saëns and the Athanaël in ''Thaïs'' of J. Massenet. His repertoire at the Grand Opéra included Klingsor in ''Parsifal'', Tonio in ''Pagliacci'', Oberthal in ''Le Prophète'', Mephisto in''La damnation de Faust'' , Capulet in ''Roméo et Juliette'', Horatio in ''Hamlet''. In 1917 he performed at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo as Vitellius in ''Hérodiade''. In 1921 at the same opera house he sang the role of Mephisto in ''Faust'', Saint Bris in ''Huguenots'', Colline in ''La Bohème'' and Gurnemanz in ''Parisfal''. He also sang at the Opéra de Nice. This gifted bass passed away at the height of his artistic career.

Chronology of some appearances

1907-1920 Paris Grand Opéra
1917 Monte-Carlo Opéra
1920 Buenos Aires Teatro Colón


Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1908?
Ariane (Massenet): Air de Pirithoüs 17998

Gramophone, Paris 1911-11-04
Faust (Gounod): A moi les plaisirs with Leon Campagnola 034117 Y31
Faust (Gounod): Mais ce Dieu with Leon Campagnola 034116 Y31

Gramophone, Paris 1912-12-17
Galathée (Massé): Aimons, il faut aimer with Rose Heilbronner 034173 02628v
Galathée (Massé): Et maintenant de toi j'implore with Rose Heilbronner 034190 02629v

Gramophone, Paris 1919-10-31
Noël (Adam) with Calvet and Dutreix 034204 W350

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