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Nov 28, 2015
M. Murray-Davey (Bass) (? 1877 - ?)
He studied singing in Paris under Ernest Masson
and Jean de Reszke and made his debut at the Paris Grand Opéra in 1905 as Hermit
in ‘’Freischütz’’ and sang there among other things in 1908 the part of Hamlet.
In 1907 he made guest appearance at the Opéra Monte-Carlo as Raimondo in ‘’Lucia
di Lammermoor’’. In 1909 he reached the London Covent Garden, where he was
engaged till 1914 during several seasons. He sang there in 1909 the part of Abimelech in
‘’Samson et Dalila’’. In 1914 he appeared as Titurel in ‘’Parsifal’’ whom he
repeated in 1925 at the same opera house. On 25. 2. 1912 he appeared as guest
in a Sunday Night Concert at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 1922 he
made guest apperance at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. He still
appeared up to the beginning of the 1940’s. His repertoire included Masetto in ‘’Don
of Giovanni’’, Boris Godunov and the Arkel in ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’.
Chronology of some appearances
1905 Paris Grand Opera Freischütz (Hermit)
1907 Monte-Carlo Opéra Lucia
di Lammermoor (Raimondo)
1908 Paris Grand Opera Hamlet (Hamlet)
1909 London Covent Garden Samson et Dalila (Abimelech)
1914 London Covent Garden Parsifal (Titurel)
1922 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie ?
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Vocalion, London 1924/1925 Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Was duftet doch der Flieder A-0245 Don Carlo (Verdi): Ella giammai m'amò A-0245