Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Mar 12, 2012

Pierre Cornubert (Tenor) (Paris 1863 – Paris 1922)

He studied at the Paris Conservatoire and made his debut in 1887 at the Opéra-Comique as Daniel in  ‘’Le châlet’’ of Adam. Here in 1889  Cornubert created the role of Byzantine Herald in the premiere of Massenet’s ‘’Esclarmonde’’. Then he sang among other things in in Rouen, Marseille and Montpellier. Since 1899 he started his international career and during the same year sang at the Teatro Tacón in Havana and at the Teatro Rinascimento in Mexico City. Then he was engaged by the Metropolitan opera in New York where he debuted in 1900 as Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer’s ‘’L’Africana’’. At the Metropolitan Opera he also performed in ‘’Gli Ugonotti’’, ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’, ‘’Carmen’’ and in ‘’Pagliacci’’. In 1904 as a mamber of the San Carlo Opera Company he made guest appearance at Covent Garden in London. From 1899 to 1900 Cornubert sang at the Teatro Lirico in Milan where he appeared in ‘’Andrea Chenier’’ with Mario Sammarco and Eva Tetrazzini and in ‘’Guglielmo Ratcliff’’ with Febea Strakosch and Giuseppe Pacini. During the same period Cornubert appeared also at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Turin. Here together with Mary D'Arneiro and Alessandro  Arcangeli he performed in Meyerbeer’s ‘’L’Africana’’. In 1903 he sang in Cairo. Two years later he was in Oporto where at the Teatro S. Joao he again performed in Giordano’s ’’Andrea Chenier’’.  In 1919 he became a professor of the Paris Conservatoire. His wife, Suzanne Cornubert, was also an opera singer.

Chronology of some appearances

1887 Paris Opera-Comique  Le chàlet
1899 Paris Opera-Comique Esclarmonde
1899 Havana Teatro Tacñn
1899 Mexico City Teatro Rinascimento
1899 Turin Teatro Vittorio Emanuele
1899-1900 Milan Teatro Lirico Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1900 New York Metropolitan Opera L’Africana  (Vasco)
1903 Cairo Teatro Kedivhiale?
1904 London Covent Garden
1905 S. Joao Oporto Teatro Andrea Chenier (Chenier)



Fonotipia, Paris 1905
Sigurd (Reyer): Hilda! Vierge au pale sourire 39276 XPh 630
Walkure: (Wagner) Chanson du printemps 39279  XPh 633  
Werther (Massenet): Les vers d’Ossian 56046 XPh 634
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Sous le beau ciel   56047 XPh 637
Africana (Meyerbeer): O paradiso 39278 XPh 638
Manon (Massenet): Ah fuyez douce image 39277 XPh 639
Roméo et Juliette (Massenet): Scene du Tombeau 39274 XPh 644 
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Plus blanche 39275 XPh 648

Edison 2-min cylinders, Paris 1908?
Dame Blanche (Boieldieu): Ah, quel plaisir d'etre soldat 18070
Trovatore (Verdi): Dieu que ma voix implore 18081

Ton sourire (Chaterine)  314

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