Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Sep 14, 2017

Henri Albers (Baritone) (Amsterdam 1866 – Paris 1925)

He was at first an actor. After some appearances in operettas he made his opera debut in 1886 with the role of Méphistophéles (‘’Faust’’ Gounod) at  Hollandsche Opera company of  De Groot. Here he sang in 1889 in the premiere of 'Brinio' (Simon van Milligen). After 1890 guest appearances in Europa and later in America(Metropolitan Opera). From 1899 to his dead he joined the Opera Comique in Paris, where he sang the title role in the premiere of ‘’Macbeth’’ (E Bloch). He specialised above all to the French repertory. Debuted (1889) in Amsterdam as Gounod's Méphistophélès (‘Faust’’). He toured the U.S.with Jean de Reszke, Nellie Melba, and Emma Calvé before appearing with the Metropolitan Opera in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ as Mercutio (1898). Albers remained with the Metropolitan for one season and then returned to Europewhere he made his mark on the French stages. He appeared frequently at the Opéra-Comique, Covent Garden, and at the Monnaie in Brussels. Seen here as Scarpia.

Chronology of some appearances

1886 Hollandsche Opera company
1889 Hollandsche Opera company
1899 Paris Opera Comique


Pathé cylinders & discs, Paris 1904/1905
Roi de Lahore (Massenet): Promesse de mon avenir 966
Grisélidis (Massenet): L'oiseau captif 971
Hamlet (Thomas): Comme une pâle fleur 973

Odeon, Bruxelles 1906-07?
Faust (Gounod): Invocation 36663 XF782

Edison cylinders, Paris 1907?
Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Air 17788
Louise (Charpentier): Air du père 17832

Pathé, Paris 1907/1908
Le Cor (Flégier)
Le Clairon (Deroulède) 4779

Pathé, Paris 1910 – 1912
Sigurd (Reyer): Et toi, Fréïa 402
Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Voici des roses 410
Muette de Portici (Auber): Amour sacre with Vaguet 561
L'Aigle (Nougues): Ah! mes fideles 793
Carmen (Bizet): Je suis Escamillo with de Poumayrac 976
Aben-Hamet (Dubois): Reine, toi qu'Hamet 996
Tosca (Puccini): Si pour de beaux yeux 999

Pathé, Paris 1912
Complete Favorite (Donizetti): with Lassalle, de Poumayrac, Lapeyrette, Marvini and Ganteri

Pathé, Paris 1912
Complete Traviata (Verdi): with Troselli and Morlet

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