Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 6, 2014

Francisco (Augustin) Nuibo (Tenor) (Marsiglia 1874 - Nizza 1948)

He studied at the conservatoire of Marseille under Boudouresque, then in Paris under the famous tenor Victor Capoul. He made his debut at the Grand Opéra of Paris in 1900 as Fischer in G. Rossini’s ‘’Wilhelm Tell’’. Till 1908 he appeared at the Grand Opéra, where in 1907 sang in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Catalane’’ of  Fernand Le Borne. In the 1904-05 season he was a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York (beginning role: Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’), afterwards North America tour. By request of the manager of the Metropolitan opera he changed his name and performed as Francisco Nuibo. He performed at the Metropolitan Opera with success also in Sunday Night Concerts. In 1908 he joined to the Opéra-Comique of  Paris and sang later at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris. In 1913 he appeared at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées of Paris in the opera ‘’Les trois masques’’ of Isidore de Lara. He made guest appearances at the Covent Garden in London, Lisbon, Mexico City, San Francisco and Havana. He also had a significant career at the famous French provincial theatres. In 1923 he founded a conservatoire in the Paris Montmartre.

Chronology of some appearances

1900-1908 Paris Grand Opéra 
1904-1905 New York Metropolitan Opera
1908 Paris Opéra-Comique
1913 Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées


Pathé cylinders & discs, Paris 1903?
Le crédo d'amour (Luigini) 0371

Columbia cylinders, New York 1905
Carmen (Bizet): Romance de la fleur 32716

Columbia, New York 1905
Martha (Flotow): Air des larmes 3127
Carmen (Bizet): Romance de la fleur 3128
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah! lève-toi soleil 3129

Pathé, Paris 1906/1907
Noël d'amour (Luigini) 4574
Manon (Massenet): Le rêve 4578

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