Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 1, 2015

Jean Périer (Baritone) (1869, 2/2 Paris, France - 1954, 3/11 Neuilly, Paris, France)

He studied singing at the Conservatoire National in Paris with Taskin and Bussine and made his debut in 1892 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris as Monostatos in  "Zauberflöte". He spent all his life by appearing in this opera house. He sang not only on the opera stage, but also in Paris operetta theaters (The Bouffes-Parisiens, where he also performed on 10. 12. 1898 in the premiere of Messager’s "Véronique"). In 1923 he appeared at the  Théâtre des Nouveautés in Paris  in the premiere of the operetta ‘’Ciboulette’’ by Reynaldo Hahn. He also appeared as an actor in a lot of films. In 1908 he sang at the Manhattan Opera House in New York the part of Pelléas. He retired from the stage in 1938 and then was active as pedagogue in Paris..

Chronology of appearances in opera premieres

24.5.1893 Paris Opéra-Comique Phryn (Saint-Saëns)
20.2.1901 Paris Opéra-Comique La fille de Tabarin (Gabriel Pierné)
30.4.1902 Paris Opéra-Comique Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy)
6.11.1903 Paris Opéra-Comique La Reine Fiammette (Xavier Leroux)
16.3.1904 Paris Opéra-Comique La fille de Roland  (Henri Rabaud)
3.3.1905 Paris Opéra-Comique L'Enfant Roi (Alfred Bruneau)
5.6.1907 Paris Opéra-Comique Fortunio (Messager)
6.11.1907 Paris Opéra-Comique Le Chemineau (Xavier Leroux)
19.5.1911 Paris Opéra-Comique L'Heure espagnole (Ravel)
1912 Paris Opéra-Comique La Sorcière (Camille Erlanger)
15.5.1914 Paris Opéra-Comique Marouf (Henri Rabaud)
1916 Paris Opéra-Comique Les quatre journées (Alfred Bruneau)
1920 Paris Opéra-Comique Le Roi Candaule (Alfred Bruneau)
1920 Paris Opéra-Comique La Rôtisserie de la Reine Pedauque (Charles Lavadé)


Pathé cylinders & discs, Paris 1905?
Chanson de Musette (Thomé) 1732
J'étais aimé (Périer) 1733
François les Bas-Bleus (Messager): C'est François 1734

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