Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 23, 2012

Adolphe (Alphonse) Maréchal (Tenor) (Liège 1867 - Brussels 1935)

                                            Dick Johnson in ''Fanciulla del West’’

He studied at the Liège Conservatory and made his debut in 1891 at Dijon. Then he sang throughout the French provincial theaters. He was engaged by the Opéra-Comique in 1895, making his debut as Don José in ‘’Carmen’’ on 7 October 1895. His repertoire at the Opéra-Comique covered ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ (Turridu), ‘’Don Juan’’ (Ottavio), ‘’Les dragons de Villars’’ (Sylvain), ‘’Lakmé’’ (Gérald), ‘’Manon’’ (des Grieux), ‘’Mireille’’ (Vincent), ‘’La Navarraise’’ (Araquil), ‘’Le pardon de Ploërmel’’ (Un faucheur), ‘’Les pêcheurs de perles’’ (Nadir), ‘’Le pré aux clercs’’ (Mergy) and ‘’Le roi d'Ys’’ (Mylio). He sang in several premières, most notably those of ‘’Louise’’ (1900), ‘’Grisélidis’’ (1901), ‘’Le Reine Fiammette’’ (1903), ‘’le Chemineau’’ (1907), ‘’Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame’’ at the Monte Carlo Opera as well as enjoying a success in the Paris premiere of ‘’La Boheme’’ (Rodolphe). In 1902 he made his successful debut at Covent Garden in London as Don Jose in ‘’Carmen’’. Maréchal also appeared with great success at the Palais Garnier, Nice, Moscow, and Brussels. He retired after a crisis of voice and health in 1907.

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Paris Opera-Comique Carmen (Don Jose)
1900 Paris Opera-Comique Louise
1901 Paris Opera-Comique Griselidis
1902 Monte Carlo Opera House Le jongleur de Notre Dame
1902 London Covent Garden Carmen 
Carmen (Don Jose)



Pathe cylinders & discs, Paris 1904
Manon (Massenet): Ah  Fuyez douce image 323 
Le jongleur de Notre-Dame (Massenet): O liberté m'amie 329

G&T, Paris 1904/1905
Sigurd (Reyer): Esprits gardiens 3-32379 4256o

G&T, Paris 1905
Carmen (Bizet): La fleur 3-32425 4525o
Mireille (Gounod): Anges du paradis 3-32434  4558o

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