Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 7, 2012

Etienne Gibert (Tenor) (Jonquieres, near Orange, France 1859 - Paris, France 1929)

He was a pupil of Crosti and Obin at the Paris Conservatory and probably made his debut in 1887 at the opera house of Rouen as Fernando in ‘’La Favorita’’ of Donizetti. After few appearances in the French province in 1889 he made his debut at the Opéra-Comique in Paris where on 15. 5. 1889 he sang the role of Chevalier Roland in Massenet’s ‘’Esclarmonde’’. He remained till 1892 at the Opéra-Comique and changed in 1893 to the Grand Opéra where he mostly sang heavy tenor parts (beginning role in this house: Vasco in Meyerbeer’s ‘’Africaine’’). He remained active five years at the Grand Opéra in Paris where he also appeared as Lohengrin and as Tannhäuser. Already in 1895 he performed at the opera house of Monte Carlo as Faust in ‘’Mefistofele’’ of Boito and as Rinaldo in ‘’Armida’’ of Gluck and gave in the same year a guest performance at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. Later he guested above all in the leading opera theaters in the French province appearing in Bordeaux, Nice, Lyons and Toulouse. In the 1901-02 season he was engaged at the Metropolitan opera in New York where he sang in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ and in ‘’Faust’’. For Paris he created two important parts: In 1892 he sang at the Opéra-Comique as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’ and in 1899 at the Théâtre Nouveau the role of Tristan in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’. In 1909 he appeared at the Théâtre Trianon-Lyrique in the title role of Grétry’s ‘’Richard Coeur-de-lion’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1887 Rouen  Opera House 
1889-1892 Paris Opéra-Comique
1893 Paris Grand Opéra 
1895 Monte Carlo Opera House



Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1905/1906
Dimitri (Joncieres): Invocation 17587

Aerophone, Paris 1910??
Roi d'Ys (Lalo): Aubade Aérophone 1094
Hérodiade (Massenet): Air de Jean Aérophone 1095

Sigurd (Reyer): Esprits  gardiens 664

1 comment:

  1. He sang in New Orleans with the French Opera Company there in the late 1890s, where his roles included Tannhäuser. His appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Company during the 1901-02 season were limited to the first part of the tour. He did not sing in New York with the company, but sang Faust in Montreal, Memphis and New Orleans; Roméo in Toronto and Atlanta, and Don José in Rochester, Buffalo, Louisville, Nashville and New Orleans, October - November 1901.