Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 30, 2013

Marcel Claudel (Tenor) (Courcelles, Belgium 1900 - Charleroi, Belgium 1981)

                                             Jean in ''Le jongleur de Notre Dame''

His real name was Marcel Buydens. He received his education in Charleroi under Edgard Druine and at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles. In 1922 he was engaged by the Théâtre la Monnaie in Brussels, where he made his debut as Wilhelm Meister in ‘’Mignon’’ of A. Thomas. He remained till 1927 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, then sang at the Opéra de Lyon and from 1928 to 1937 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. There his repertoire included Rodolfo in G. Puccini’s ‘’La Bohème’’, Hans in B. Smetana’s ‘’Verkaufter Braut’’, Paolino in ‘’ Matrimonio segreto’’ of  D. Cimarosa and George Brown in ‘’La Dame Blanche’’. In 1931 he appeared at the Opéra-Comique in the premiere of Roger Ducass's opera ‘’Cantegril’’. Since 1937 he belonged again to the ensemble of the Théâtre la Monnaie, where he appeared till 1958. At the Opéra de Monte-Carlo he guested as Hoffmann in ‘’Hoffmanns Erzählungen’’, Pelléas in ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’ and as Dimitri in ‘’Boris Godunov’’ (with Fedor Schaljapin in the title role). He also performed as a guest in London (1928), PragueAntwerpBordeaux, Marseille, Geneva and Oran. He gave a recitals in London and in North Africa. Since 1938 he also been active as a director. Later he was a manager of the theatre in Charleroi and professor of the Conservatoire Royal de Mons.

Chronology of some appearances

1923-1927 Brussels Théâtre la Monnaie
1928-1937 Paris Opéra-Comique
1928 London Covent Garden
1931 Paris Opéra-Comique Cantegril
1937-1958 Brussels Théâtre la Monnaie


Polydor 1933-05-02
Frasquita (Lehár): Deux yeux tres jous  522675 bkp 6309

Serenata (Toselli) 521.948 4278 BKP
Jocelyn (Godard): Berceuse 521.948 4279 BKP

Dec 29, 2013

Louis Delrue (Delarue) (Tenor)

                                                         Siegmund in ''Walkure''

From 1907 to 1909 he was the principal tenor at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in BrusselsOn the stage shw was particularly estimated as interpreter of dramatic roles in Wagner operas. His recordings are extremely rare.

Chronology of some appearances

1907-1909 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie 


Zonophone, Brussels 1907
Lohengrin (Wagner):  Da voi lontan X-82734
Rigoletto  (Verdi): Comme la plume au vent X-82735 

Victor Verteneuil (Tenor) (La Bouverie 1895 - Bruxelles 1973)

He studied at the Mons Conservatory with Tondeur (1912-14 as br.) and Houx (1921-22 as tenor). He took singing lessons with Melchissedec. From 1925 to 1930 he was the principal tenor at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. He appeared during these years there among other things in the premières of the operas ‘’Turandot’’ of Giacomo Puccini (1926) and ‘’Ariadne on Naxos’’ of Richard Strauss (1930). Sang there also roles like Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ aof Saint-Saëns, Jean in Massenet’s ‘’Hérodiade’’, José in ‘’Carmen’’, Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’, Verteneuil also appeared in R. Wagner’s operas. From 1930-35 he was to be found as a guest in several French operahouses, thus in Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, Mulhouse (Alsace) and in North Africa. At the opera house ofMonte Carlo he sang the role of Pedro in the première there of the opera ‘’Tiefland’’ of E. d'Albert. In 1935 he came back again to the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, where he sang with huge success untill 1942. From 1942 to 1962 he worked in Brussels as vocal pedagogue.

Chronology of some appearances

Herodiade-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Fierabras-Brussels, Monnaie, 14 January 1926 - Samson et Dalila-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Turandot-Brussels, Monnaie, 12 July 1926 - Le Prophete-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Salamnbo-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - L'anneau nuptial-Brussels, Monnaie, 3 March 1928 - Aida-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Salome-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - La Walkyrie-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Debora et Jaele-Brussels, Monnaie, 23 March 1929 - Siegfried-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Tannhauser-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Carmen-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Ariane a Naxos-Brussels, Monnaie, 17 March 30 - Tosca-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Paillasse-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Boris Godounov-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Cavalleria rusticana-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Le Trouvere-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - Le Crepuscule des dieux-Brussels, Monnaie, 1925-30 - L'Africaine-Toulouse, Capitole 1931 - Sigurd-Toulouse, Capitole 1931 - Lohengrin-Toulouse, Capitole 1931 - Tiefland-Brussels, Monnaie, 10 March 1931 - Henri VIII-Brussels, Monnaie, 14 October 1935 - Quo Vadis-Brussels, Monnaie, 1936 - Kaatje (act 4)-Brussels, Monnaie, 1937.


Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni):  O Lola  S402 15290
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba S403

Arthur Lheureux (Tenor) (Frameries 1882 - Bonsecours 1950)

First he studied singing at the conservatoire of Mons and then in Brussels under Désiré Demest. In 1909 he began his stage career at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, where he appeared as comprimario. In 1912 he appeared at the opera house of Nancy in the premiere of the opera ‘Le Pays’’ of  Guy Ropartz. In 1916 he was engaged by the Opéra-Comique in Paris. In this opera house he sng till 1925. Here he appeared among other things as Julien in ‘’Louise’’ of Charpentier, De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’ of Massenet, José in ‘’Carmen’’, Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ and Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’. He was also known by his appearance as a soloist in numerous concerts in France like in his native Belgian country. From 1926 to 1948 he was occupied as a professor and singing teacher at the conservatoire of Mons. His a few records, which made for Parlophon, are extremely rare.

Chronology of some appearances

1909 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1912 Nancy Opera House
1916-1925 Paris Opéra-Comique 


Parlophon, 1910?
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba P. 2093 379
Manon (Massenet): Le rêve 380 P2094
Mignon (Thomas): Elle ne croyait pas P. 2091 377 
Manon  (Massenet): Ah!  Fuyez  P. 2095 381

Gloria Record
Aida (Verdi): Céleste Aida (Fr)
Faust (Gounod): Salut, ô mon dernier matin P. 1904

Edmond Rambaud (Tenor) (Agen 1887 - Paris 1960)

                                                       Canio in ''Pagliacci''

He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, where he won in 1913 a price. In 1917 he made his debut at the Grand Opéra in Paris as Faust in Gounod's ''Faust''. On 11. 3. 1921 he appeared there in the premiere of the opera ''Antar'' of Gabriel Dupont, on 22. 12. 1924 in ''L'Arlequin'' of Max d'Olonne, on 21. 3. 1935 in ''Le Marchand de Venise'' of Reynaldo Hahn; on 6. 6. 1920 he sang at the Grand Opéra in the premiere of d'Indy's ''Légende de Saint-Christophe'', on 30. 7. 1925 in 'La Naisssance de la Lyre'' of Albert Roussel, on 6. 1. 1931 in ''Virginie'' of Alfred Bruneau, in 1918 in the première of the baroque opera ''Castor et Pollux'' of Rameau. He achieved great success then also as Tamino in ''Magic flute'' and as David in ''Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg''. In 1946 he sang in the important première of the widely forgotten opera ''Joseph'' of Méhul. In 1939 he made his debut at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. After his retirement, he worked as a vocal pedagogue.

Chronology of some appearances

1917 Paris Grand Opéra Faust (Faust)
1918 Paris Grand Opéra Castor et Pollux
1920 Paris Grand Opéra Légende de Saint-Christophe
1921 Paris Grand Opéra Antar
1924 Paris Grand Opéra L'Arlequin
1925 Paris Grand Opéra La Naisssance de la Lyre
1931 Paris Grand Opéra Virginie
1935 Paris Grand Opéra Le Marchand de Venise


Pathe, Paris 1927/1928
Herodiade (Massenet): Air de Jean, pt 1 7119 N201102
Herodiade (Massenet): Air de Jean, pt 2 7119 N201103
Sigurd (Reyer): Le bruit des chants 7120
Romeo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah, leve-toi soleil 7120
Faust (Gounod): Salut, o mon dernier matin 7139 N201220
Faust (Gounod): Cavatine 7139 N201221
Romeo et Juliette (Gounod): Salut, tombeau 7162
Tosca (Puccini): Le ciel luisait d'etoiles 7162
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Tombe de mes aieux 7182
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti): Bientot l'herbe 7182

Columbia 1930-05-09
Les millions d’Arlequin  (Bixio): Mélodie DF 44 WL 2110

Columbia 1930-12-04
Le beau rêve (Flegier): Mélodie RF 35
Stances (Flegier): Mélodie RF 32
Elégie (Massenet): Mélodie DF 451

Columbia 1931-03-04
Ronde d’amour  (Chaminade): Mélodie DF 451

Columbia, 1930/1931
L'lIIustre Fregona (Laparra): Melancolique tombe Ie soir RF 43
L'illustre Fregona (Laparra): Duo with Yvonne Gervais Laparra RF 43
Mireille (Gounod): La brise est douce et parfurnee with G. Feraldy RFX99 WLX 1404
Mireille (Gounod): La foi de son flambeau divin with G. Feraldy RFX 99 WLX 1403
Le Grand Mogol (Audran): Si j’étais un petit serpent DF 528
Le Grand Mogol (Audran): Un antique et fort bel adage DF 528
Les cloches de Corneville (Planquette ): Va, petit mousse RF 32
Les cloches de Corneville (Planquette ): Je regardais en l’air RF 32
Sérénade  (Toselli): Célèbre mélodie DF 44
Ouvre tes yeux bleus  (Massenet): Mélodie DF 561

Dec 28, 2013

Willi Birrenkoven (Tenor) (Köln 1865 – Hanstedt 1955)

From 1884 to 1888 he studied singing at the conservatory of Köln. He made his debut in 1888 at the Opera House of Dusseldorf. From 1890 to 1893 he appeared at the Opera House of Köln, from 1893 to 1912 at the Municipal Theatre of Hamburg. Here he sang among other things in the premieres of the operas ‘’Die Brautwahl’’  of  F. Busoni (1902) and ‘’Sternengebot’’ of Siegfried Wagner (1908). He became known in particular as an famous interpreter of R. Wagner's operas; In  1894 at the Bayreuth festival he appeared in ‘’Lohengrin’’ and ‘’Parsifal’’. Guest performances followed in London, Vienna (1904. Court Opera, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’), Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Karlsruhe, Hannover, Köln,  Frankfurt a. M. and Bremen. His most important stage roles were the Florestan in ‘’Fidelio’’, Max in ‘’Freischütz’’,  Siegmund in ‘’Walkure’’, Siegfried in ‘’Der Ring des Nibelungen’’, Tannhäuser in ‘’Tannhauser’’, Tristan in ‘’Tristan und isolde’’, Pedro in ‘’Tiefland’’ of E. d'Albert, Otello in Verdi’s ‘’Otello’’, Siegnot in ‘’ Die Rose vom Liebesgarten’’ of Hans Pfitzner and Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ of Saint-Saëns. he made numerous concert tours in Europe and America. He performed a total of 1500 performances and his annual salary eventually amounted to a total of 25, 000 marks from 1900 to 1906. At the beginning of the century, he was one of the world's leading tenors. Among his admirers were Gustav Mahler, Eugen d'Albert and Ruggero Leoncavallo among others. On 30 May 1912, Birrenkoven gave his farewell performance as Tannhauser. Then he moved to Bochum, where he took up the post of Director at the local opera house. This proved to be a fiasco for him. Construction of the new opera house was incomplete and the current opera house was inadequate for a fully-equipped opera ensemble to sing in. Not only was the post a fiasco, Birrenkoven also suffered serious financial losses as he lost the 50, 000 marks which he invested in the opera house. Birrenkoven later returned to Hamburg, where he was forced to work as a singing teacher to make ends meet. In addition to this income, he received a small pension from the Hamburg State Opera, a monthly honorarium of 100 marks. In the 1930s, he retired to Hanstedt where he died in 1955. His brothers, Fritz Birrenkoven (1876-1939) and The third brother, Franz Birrenkoven,  was also a known opera tenors.

Chronology of some appearances

1888 Dusseldorf Opera House
1890-1893 Köln Opera House
1893-1912 Hamburg Municipal Theatre
1894 Bayreuth festival Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1904 Vienna Court Opera Pagliacci (Canio)


Gramophone, Hamburg 1907
Prophète (Meyerbeer): Triumphgesang  3-42992 3970r

Pathé, Berlin 1908?
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Loblied 14803

Hans Buff-Giessen (Tenor) (Giessen, Germania 1862 - Dresden, Germania 1907)

He was born in a noble family. His great-aunt was Charlotte Sophie Henriette Buff, the Goethe's inspiration for Charlotte in ‘’Werther’’. His father was a counsel at the Supreme Court in Leipzig. First he studied law at the universities of Giessen and Leipzig. After having studied in Dresden under vocal pedagogue Gustav Scharfe, 1888 to 1894 he appeared at the Court Theatre of Weimar. Here among other things in 1891 he sang in the premiere of ‘’Gunlöd’’ of  P. Cornelius and in 1894 in the premiere of the opera ‘’ Guntram’’ of R. Strauss. From 1894-97 he appeared at the Court Theatre of Wiesbaden. In the 1897-98 season he sang at the Vienna Court Opera. In 1899 he became a member of the Dresden Court Opera and performed in this opera house till 1903 and up to his tragic death as a guest. As a guest performer he had big success  and his stage repertoire contained numerous parts: Almaviva in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Elvino in Bellini’s ‘’ Sonnambula’’, Arnoldo in ‘’Guglielmo Tell’’ of Rossini, Tonio in Donizetti’s ‘’ Figlia del reggimento’’, Edgardo in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’, Manrico in ‘’Trovatore’’, Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Don Ottavio in ‘’ Don Giovanni’’, Tamino in ‘’Magic flute’’, Jacquino in ‘’Fidelio’’, Lohengrin, David in  ‘’Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’’. He was a respected concert singer. After a guest performance in Berlin, he shot himself in a compartment of the express Berlin-Dresden, committing suicide. From 1905 to 1907 he made six records for G&T in Berlin.

Chronology of some appearances

1888-1894 Weimar Court Theatre
1894-1897 Wiesbaden Court Theatre
1897-1898 Vienna Court Opera
1899-1903 Dresden Court Opera
1901 Berlin Court Opera
1901, 1905 Prague German Theatre  
1901 West Berlin Opera House
1904 Vienna Volksoper


G&T, Berlin 1905
Dame Blanche (Boieldieu): Komm', o holde Dame 3-42324  185r

G&T, Berlin 1906
Mignon (Thomas): Leb' wohl, Mignon 3-42701 4643h
Rigoletto (Verdi): Ich seh' die heissen Zähren 3-42637 4644h

G&T, Berlin 1907
Così fan tutte (Mozart): Wie schön ist die Liebe 3-42817 3068r
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Sieh', schon die Morgenröte

Dec 27, 2013

Walter Günther-Braun (Tenor) (1874? - Weimar 1947)

He studied with Törsleff in Leipzig, Eugene Wolff in Frankfurt a. M., Alfieri in Berlin and Felix von Kraus in Munich. He began his stage career during  the 1896-97 season at the Municipal Theatre of Cottbus and then sang successfully (primarily, as an operetta tenor) at the theaters of  Wiener Neustadt (1897-98), Salzburg (1898-99), Innsbruck (1899-1900) and at the Carl-Schultze's Hamburg Theatre (1900-01). Then he started to appear only in the opera performances with success and from 1901 to 1903 he sang at the Municipal Theatre of Mainz , then at the Municipal Theatre of Graz (1903-06), at the Stadttheater of  Wroclaw (1906-09) and from 1909-12 at the Munich Court Opera. From 1912-20 he belonged to the  ensemble of the Mannheim Court Theatre, from 1920-27 he was engaged to sing at the Municipal Theatre of  Dortmund. Since 1905 he appeared in several guest performances at the Court Opera of  Dresden. In 1918 he appeared in Mannheim in the premiere of  Paul von Klenau's opera ''Kjartan und Gudrun'', singing the part of  Haldor. He concentrated chiefly in the dramatic Wagner repertory: as Erik in ''Fliegenden Holländer'', Tannhäuser, Walther von Stolzing in ''Meistersingern'', Tristan, but he also appeared as Florestan in ''Fidelio'',  Hüon in  ''Oberon'' of  Weber, Eleazar in ''La Juive'' of Halévy, Samson in ''Samson et Dalila'' of Saint-Saëns,  José in ''Carmen'' and Canio in ''Pagliacci''. In 1908 he made a few records for Gramophone at Breslau.

Chronology of some appearances

1896-1897 Cottbus Municipal Theatre
1897-1898 Wiener Neustadt 
1898-1899 Salzburg  Opera House
1899-1900 Innsbruck Opera House
1900-1901 Hamburg Carl-Schultze's Theatre
1901-1903 Mainz Municipal Theatre
1903-1906 Graz Municipal Theatre
1906-1909 Wroclaw Stadttheater
1909-1912  Munich Court Opera
1912-1920 Mannheim Court Theatre
1920-1927 Dortmund Municipal Theatre  


Gramophone, Breslau 1908 
Carmen (Bizet): Blumenarie 4-42066 12447u
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Am stillen Herd 4-42064
Meistersinger von Nürnberg): Morgenlich leuchtend 4-42065

Dec 26, 2013

Hans Tänzler (Tenor) (Berlin 1879 - Berlin 1953)



First he worked in the business of his father, a Berlin vintner. Then he received his education in the sphere of the catering trade in Paris and London and started architectural education, but after discovering that he had a voice, studied singing under the pedagogues Teresa Emrich, Jacques Stückgold and H. Schmidt in Berlin. He made his debut in 1902 at the Opera House of Cologne in Flotow’s ‘’'Martha’’. In the 1903-05 seasons he appeared at the Municipal Theatre of Gdansk. In the 1905-06 season sang in Elberfeld, from 1906-07 in Graz. From 1907-14 Tänzler performed at the Court Theatre of Karlsruhe. In 1914 he was engaged by the Court Theatre of Brunswick, where he appeared till 1918. As a guest he also performed at the Dresden Court Opera (1903), Municipal Theatre of Hamburg (1905), in the 1907-08 season in Frankfurt a. M., in 1910 at the German Theatre of Prague, in 1911 at the Court Theatre of Wiesbaden, in 1914 at the Berlin Court Opera. From 1907-09 he guested at the Court Opera of Munich, in 1906, 1908 and 1912 at the Vienna Court Opera. Tänzler also appeared in Paris, Budapest, Warsaw, Spain and Russia. In 1912 he sang at the Grand Opéra in Paris in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’. During the 1920’s he went to North America and sat down in Los Angeles as a pedagogue. From 1927-29 he lived in Berlin and appeared still as a guest at Berlin State Opera among other things as Tristan and in ‘’Evangelimann’’ of W. Kienzl (1927). From 1929-31 he taken part in the America tour as a member of the German Opera Company and had a great success in R. Wagner’s operas. He remained first in Los Angeles, then in San Diego (California) as a pedagogue. Later he exerted himself in Los Angeles for the construction of an opera house, for what he himself had sketched the architect's plans when this project was shattered. Tänzler made a few records for Odeon and Pathe (1909/1910).

Chronology of some appearances

1902 Cologne Opera House
1903 Dresden Court Opera
1903-1905 Gdansk Municipal Theatre
1905 Hamburg Municipal Theatre
1905-1906 Elberfeld Opera House
1906 Vienna Court Opera
1906-1907 Graz Opera House
1907-1908 Frankfurt a. M. Opera House
1908 Vienna Court Opera
1907-1909 Munich Court Opera
1910 Prague German Theatre
1911 Wiesbaden Court Theatre
1912 Vienna Court Opera
1912 Paris Grand Opéra
1914 Berlin Court Opera
1907-1914 Karlsruhe Court Theatre
1914-1918 Brunswick Court Theatre


Odeon, Berlin 1909-09?
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Haltet ein, meine Brüder! X99349 xB4644 
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Sieh' mein Elend, Herr! X99350 xB4645
Rienzi (Wagner): Allmächt'ger Vater 99353 xB4648
Fidelio (Beethoven): In des Lebens Frühlingstagen X51044
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Fanget an! X51045

Pathé, Berlin 1910-02?
Aida (Verdi): Leb' wohl, o Erde with Denera 15631
Carmen (Bizet): Ich seh' die Mutter dort with Denera 15634

Dec 25, 2013

Fritz Trostorff (Tenor) (Ratingen, bei Dusseldorf Germany 1874 - Breslau 1945)



He began his career as a member of choir at the municipal theatre of Zurich (1893/94). In the 1894-98 seasons he was engaged as a Chorist by the Court Theatre of Weimar, where he received his vocal education. In 1898 he began his work as a soloist at the Municipal Theatre of  Metz to which he belonged till 1904. In the 1904-06 seasons he appeared at the theatre of Königsberg in, then from 1906-14 at the opera house of Wroclaw. Then he made guest appearances in Berlin, however, came after the First World War again to Wroclaw, where he worked now as a respected song pedagogue. Trostorff sang also several operetta parts. Guest performances led the artist often to the court theatres of Dresden and Hannover, also to the Berlin Court Opera (1907), to the Court Theatres of Karlsruhe and Mannheim and to the German Theatre of Brünn (1908). His repertoire included Max in ‘’Freischütz’’, Florestan in ‘’Fidelio’’, Erik in ''Fliegenden Holländer'', also  Tristan, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Siegfried, Ägisth in ‘’Elektra’’, R.Strauss, Herodes in ‘’Salome’’, Fra Diavolo, José in ‘’Carmen’’ and Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1898-1904 Metz Opera House
1904-06 Königsberg Opera House
1907 Berlin Court Opera
1908 Brünn German Theatre
1906-1914 Wroclaw Opera House


Gramophone, Berlin 1908
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Inbrunst im Herzen 042161 0798v
Lohengrin (Wagner): In fernem Land 042162 0799v

Otto Fanger (Tenor) (Braunschweig 1879 - Frankfurt a.M. 1933)


He studied at the Stern'sche conservatory in Berlin under Nikolaus Rothmühl, then with Alberto Selva, the teacher of Edoardo Garbin. He made his debut in the 1907-1909 season at the Stadttheater in Lübeck.

Chronology of some appearances

1907-09 Lübeck Stadttheater
1908 Prag Deutschen Theater
1912-1914 Königsberg Theater
1914 Frankfurt a.M Opernhaus
1916 Stuttgart Hoftheater
1917 Zürich Stadttheater
1919 Dresden Staatsoper
1921 Basel Stadttheater


Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Lache Bajazzo E.9877-II
Walkure (Wagner): Winterstürme E9877-I

Dec 22, 2013

Louis Cazette (Tenor) (Nantes 1887 – Paris 1922)

His real name was Victor Louis Camille Peault. After his study with Albert Salèza in Paris he made his debut in 1919 as Le Noctambule in Charpentier’s ‘’Louise’’. The first major role there was Pinkerton in Puccini’s ‘’Madama Butterfly’’. In 1922 he sang at the Opéra-Comique one of his successful roles, the Don Ottavio in Mozart’s ‘’Don Giovanni’’. Short time ago he fell victim to a deadly accident. At that time the version was spread, he has died of a tetanus infection after an accident. Nevertheless, in reality he was accidentally cut by a trident which was held by one of his colleagues, the baritone André Baugé. The tetanus infection set in and within a few days Cazette was dead.

Chronology of some appearances

1919 Paris Opéra-Comique Louise (Noctambule)
1922 Paris Opéra-Comique Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)


Gramophone, Paris 1920-10-28
Serenade (Toselli) 4-32438 s21758u

Gramophone, Paris 1920-11-08
Le Tango du Reve (Malderen) 4-32439 s21760u
Pour un baiser (Tosti) 4-32481 s21761u

Gramophone, Paris 1920-11-10
Dormez, amours (Rousseau) 4-32532 s21776u

Gramophone, Paris 1921-05-31
Manon (Massenet): En fermant les yeux 032415 03458-2v
Manon (Massenet): Ah fuyez, douce image 032416 03459-2v

Gramophone, Paris 1922-02-01
Griselidis (Massenet): Je suis l'oiseau 4-32506 BE215-1

Gramophone, Paris 1922-03-02
Mignon (Thomas): Je suis heureuse Suzanne Brohly 34327 BE318-1

Gramophone, Paris 1922-04-25
Fortunio (Messager): J'aimais la vieille maison grise 4-32507 BS280-2
Mignon (Thomas): Ah, que ton ame 4-32508 BS281-1