Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Oct 12, 2015

Jules Baldous (Bass/Baritone) (Montpellier, 18 août 1884 – ?)

In the 1912-13 season he was active at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, then he went to France and appeared there at the provincial theaters. In 1922 he made guest appearance at the Grand Opéra in Paris as Wotan in ''Walküre'' and as an Athanaël in ''Thaïs''. Then, since 1927 to the end of the 1930's he was one of the most important singers of the Paris Opéra-Comique. Here he appeared in the premieres of the operas ''Le bon Roi Dagobert'' of Samuel-Rousseau (1927), ''Le Roi d'Yvetot'' of J. Ibert (1930), ''Cantegril'' of R. Ducasse (1931) and ''Gargantua'' of A. Mariotte (1935). At the Opéra-Comique his repertoire included Nilakantha in ''Lakmé'' of L. Delibes (his beginning role at this house), Lothario in ''Mignon'' of A. Thomas, Nourabad in ''Pêcheurs de perles'' of G. Bizet, Ramon in ''Mireille'' of C. Gounod, Vulcain in ''Philémon et Baucis'' of the same composer, the king in ''Le Roi d'Ys'' of E. Lalo, the father in ''Louise'' of G. Charpentier, Graf des Grieux in J. Massenet's ''Manon'', the prior in ''Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame'', Tonio in ''Pagliacci'', Schaunard in ''La Bohème'', Scarpia in ''Tosca'' and Sharpless in ''Madama Butterfly''. 

Chronology of some appearances

1912-1913  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1922 Paris Opera-Comique
1927-1930's Paris Opera-Comique


Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): C'est moi Coppélius 3490

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