Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Feb 5, 2016

José Luccioni (Tenor) (Bastia, Corsica October 14, 1903 – Marseille, France October 5, 1978)



He was a racing car driver and mechanic at the Citroën car company. His voice was discovered while he was serving in the military. He studied singing under Léon David and Léon Escalaïs in Paris and made his debut in 1931 at the Opera of Rouen as Cavaradossi in ''Tosca''. After the second World War he had roles in several sound movies and following his singing career he served as the Director of the Opera in Nice. He retired from the stage in 1962. Luccioni's son Jacques (January 25, 1930 Paris) was first an actor, but studied singing at the Conservatoire de Paris and made his debut in 1956 at the Opéra-Comique Paris as José in ''Carmen''.

Chronology of some appearances

1931 Opéra de Rouen Tosca (Cavaradossi)
1932 Paris Grand Opéra Pagliacci (Canio)
1934 Paris Opéra-Comique Carmen (Jose)
1934-1950 Opéra de Monte-Carlo
1935 London Covent Garden Carmen (Jose)
1935 Roma Opera La damnation de Faust (Faust)
1936 Buenos Aires Teatro Colón
1936 Amsterdam Opera Carmen (Jose)
1937 Arena di Verona Turandot (Calaf)
1938 Paris Grand Opéra Samson et Dalila (Samson)
1937-1938 Chicago Opera Carmen (Jose)
1943 Paris Grand Opéra Otello (Otello)


Columbia, Paris 1934-06-08
Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet): Au fond du temple saint with Deldi BFX16 CLX1798

HMV, Paris 1936-10-08
Carmen (Bizet): Air de la fleur DB5006 2LA1278
Werther (Massenet): O nature, pleine de grâce DB5006 2LA1281

HMV, Paris 1936-10-10
Werther (Massenet): Pourquoi me réveiller? DA4901 0LA1288
HMV, Paris 1937-03-15
Hérodiade (Massenet): Ne pouvant réprimer les élans DB5036 2LA1598
Manon (Massenet): Ah! fuyez, douce image DB5036 2LA1599

HMV, Paris 1946-06-03
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah! lève-toi soleil DB11115  2LA4620
Polyeucte (Gounod): Stances DB11115 2LA4621

HMV, Paris 1947-11-21
Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida (Fr) DB11179
Otello (Verdi): Niun mi tema (Fr) DB11179
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia (Fr) DB11190
Bohème (Puccini): Che gelida manina (Fr) DB11190

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