Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 18, 2015

Louis Dister (Tenor) (Combien La Tour (Liege/Luik) 1887 - Comblain-la-Tour, Belgium 1964)



He studied at the Conservatory of Liège and made his debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in R. Strauss's ‘’Salome’’ (1907).  He sang there as a guest in the 1918-1919, 1926-1927, 1927-1930 and 1931-1932 seasons. His repertoire included Turiddo (''Cavalleria Rusticana''), Noureddine (''Le Khadi Dupé''), Mergy (''Le Pré aux Clercs''), Shahabarim (''Salammbo''), Pinkerton (''Madama Butterfly''), Cavaradossi (''Tosca''), Gerald (''Lakmé''), Vincent (''Mireille''), Hoffmann (''Les contes d'Hoffmann''), Tamino (''Zauberflöte''), Don José (''Carmen''), Werther, hertog van Mantua (''Rigoletto''), Rodolfo (''Bohème''), Alfredo (''Traviata''), Des Grieux (''Manon'') en Wilhelm Meister (''Mignon''). In the 1909-1910 season he made guest appearance at the Royal Flemish Opera of Antwerp in G. Charpentier's ‘’Louise’’. In 1921 and from 1923 to 1925 he again appeared in thisd opera house. He sang at the Opera of Ghent in the 1912-1913, 1920-1921 and 1932-1933 seasons. He performed at the Opera of Verviers in 1925 as Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’. In  1929 here he sang  the role of Rodolfo in ‘’La Bohème’’ and the next year appeared as Gerald in ‘’Lakmé’’. He performed not only at the 'Opéra Royal de Wallonie  in Liège, but also in Geneva, Lyon and Bordeaux. At the Theatre Royal de La Haye ('s Gravenhage/Den Haag) he made his debut in ‘’Faust’’ (1909). In Netherlands his last performance was in 1929 as Wilhelm Meister in ‘’Mignon’’ by A. Thomas. He made for the label Columbia multiple recordings from 1930 until the end of his career.

Chronology of some appearances

1907 Brussels Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
1909  La Haye Theatre Royal
1909-1910 Antwerp Royal Flemish Opera
1912-1913 Ghent Opera
1918-1919 Brussels Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
1920-1921 Ghent Opera
1921 Antwerp Royal Flemish Opera
1923 Antwerp Royal Flemish Opera
1925 Antwerp Royal Flemish Opera
1925 Verviers Opera
1926-1927 Brussels Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
1927-1930 Brussels Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
1930 Verviers Opera
1931-1932 Brussels Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
1932-1933 Ghent Opera


Columbia 1929-03-28
Lakmé (Delibes): D'où viens-tu? with Annette Talifert  D14248 WLX 949
Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina D14246
Mignon (Thomas):  Elle ne croyait pas D14246
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia

Columbia, 1929-03-29
Lakmé (Delibes): Fantaisie des mensonges D14248 WLX 952

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