Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Mar 31, 2015

Albertine Dubois-Lauger (Mezzo-Soprano) (? 1874 - ?)


She received her education at the Paris Conservatoire and made her debut in 1894 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, to which she belonged till 1896. Then she appeared at the famous French provincial theaters and was engaged in the 1899-1900 season by the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. In 1910 she made her debut at the Grand Opéra in Paris and appeared here for about twenty years. At the Grand Opéra her repertoire included Venus in ‘’Tannhäuser’’, Brangäne in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’, Fricka in ‘’Walküre’’, Gertrude in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’, Anna in ‘’Les Troyens’’, Hérodias in ‘’Hérodiade’’, Grande Vestale in ‘’La Vestale’’. Between 1924 and 1933 she appeared regularly in opera performances of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo: as Taven in ‘’Mireille’’, Ortrud in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Maddalena in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Marcellina in ‘’Nozze di Figaro’’and Geneviève in ‘’Pelléas et Melisande’’. In 1925 she appeared at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in the premiere of M. Ravel’s ‘’L'Enfant et les sortilèges’’, the next year in A. Honegger’s ‘’Judith’’. In addition, she made guest appearances in many French theaters, but also abroad, thus in 1918 at the Opera in Rio de Janeiro. In 1936 she appeared in Monte Carlo as Marcellina in ‘’Nozze di Figaro’’ and in 1942 as Annina in ‘’Rosenkavalier’’. She was married to the tenor Gastone Dubois, who was engaged more than twenty years by the Grand Opéra in Paris and appeared there like in Monte Carlo together with his wife.

Chronology of some appearances

1894-1896 Paris Opéra-Comique
1899-1900 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1910 Paris Grand Opéra
1925 Opéra de Monte-Carlo
1926 Opéra de Monte-Carlo
1936 Opéra de Monte-Carlo
1942 Opéra de Monte-Carlo

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Odeon, Paris 1907
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Septuor, pt 1 with  Lise Landouzy, Gaston Dubois, Amelia Talexis, Gastone Régis, Lucien Rigaux and  Etienne Billot  56132 XP3642
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Septuor, pt 2 with Lise Landouzy, Gaston Dubois, Amelia Talexis, Gastone Régis, Lucien Rigaux and  Etienne Billot 56148 XP3643
Traviata (Verdi): Septuor with  Gaston Dubois, Gaston Régis, Lucien Rigaux, Etienne Billot,  Maletti and Lise Landouzy 56146 XP3644
Boheme (Puccini): Addio, dolce svegliare with Etienne Billot, Lise Landouzy and Gaston Dubois 56157
Boheme (Puccini): Part2 with Etienne Billot, Lise Landouzy and Gaston Dubois 56151
Rigoletto (Verdi): Quatuor  with Agustarello Affre, Lise Landouzy and Lucien Rigaux 86503 XXP3683
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Quatuor de la chambre with Lise Landouzy, Lucien Rigaux and Etienne Billot 56135 XP3655

Homophone, Paris
Faust (Gounod): Trio with Gaston Dubois and Fournets 8392

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