Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 26, 2012

Jean Baptiste Georges Imbart de La Tour (Tenor) (Paris 1865 – Paris 1911)


He studied at the Paris Coservatoire with St. Yves Bax. In 1889 he won the song competition of the Paris Conservatoire. His stage debut occurred in 1890 in Geneva as Raoul in ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’ of Meyerbeer. In 1893 he joined the Opéra-Comique in Paris; here he appeared as Don  José in ‘’Carmen’’ and as Gérald in ‘’Lakmé’’ of Delibes. In 1895 he was engaged by the opera house of Marseille. From 1897 he was a principal tenor of the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels where he appeared in ‘’Tannhäuser’’, ‘’Lohengrin’’,  ‘’Aida’’, ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’, ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ and ‘’Hérodiade’’. In this theatre he also sang on 12. 3. 1897 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Fervaal’’ of D'Indy and on 18. 1. 1900 in  ‘’Tijl Ulenspiegel’’ of Jan Blockx. In 1899 he guested again at the Opéra-Comique. In 1900 he sang at Covent Garden  in ‘’Aida’’, ‘’Carmen’’, and ‘’Tannhäuser’’. In the 1900-01 season he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. But appeared there, however, only as Radames in ‘’Aida’’ and in two Sunday Night Concerts. Then he continued his career in France (Marseilles 1906, Lyons 1907). Since 1908 he taught at the Paris Conservatoire.

Chronology of some appearances

1890 Geneva Opera House Gli Ugonotti (Raoul)
1893 Paris Opéra-Comique  Carmen (Don Jose)
1900 New York Metropolitan Opera Aida (Radames)
1900 Los Angeles, California Hazard's Pavilion Romeo  et Juliette (Romeo)
1900 San Francisco, California Aida (Radames)
1900 Kansas City, Missouri Convention Hall Gli Ugonotti (Raoul)
1900 Minneapolis, Minnesota Tannhauser (Tannhauser)


Pathe cylinders & discs, Paris 1903?
Iphigenie en Tauride (Gluck): Air de Pylade 0273
Tannhauser (Tannhauser): Hymne a Venus 0273
Muette de Portici (Auber):  Cavatine du sommeil 0277

Pathe, Paris 1906/1907
Lohengrin (Wagner):  Recit du Graal 4581
Huguenots (Meyerbeer):  Plus blanche 4585
Sigurd (Reyer): Esprits gardiens 4586

Jean Baptiste Georges Imbart de La Tour by Stampanoni

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