Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 5, 2016

José Janson (Tenor) (Fabrègues, France 1904 - Casablanca, Morocco 1967)

He studied singing at the Conservatoire of Montpellier and made his debut there as Vincent in ‘’Mireille’’ by C. Gounod. He had a successful career, primarily at the famous French provincial operatic stages, however, he also appeared abroad. Between 1935 and 1939 several times he appeared at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, also in Switzerland and at the opera theaters of North Africa. In the 1939-1940 season he was to be heard at the Paris Opéra-Comique. His repertoire included Gérald in ‘’Lakmé’’, De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’, Werther, José in ‘’Carmen’’ and Nadir in ‘’Pêcheurs de perles’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’, Pinkerton in ‘’Madama Butterfly’’ and Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’. At the beginning of the 1930’s, when he appeared in Nancy as prince Sou-Chong in Lehár’s "Land des Lächelns", he had a sensational success and he reported this part at numerous stages in France and Belgium; later also he had a similar success as Octavio in Lehár’s operetta ‘’Giuditta’’. He continued his career after the Second World War and retired from the stage in 1964. Then he taught singing at the Conservatoire of Casablanca.

Chronology of some appearances

1935-1939 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1939-1940 Paris  Opéra-Comique


Land des Lächelns (Lehár): Toujours sourire F286 (50-3769)

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