Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 8, 2014

Alfred Maguenat (Baritone) (? 1880 - ? 1928)

First he sang character and Buffo roles. In 1908 he made his debut at the Opéra-Comique in Paris as baron Douphol in G. Verdi’s ‘’La Traviata’’. Nevertheless, he soon appeared in the first baritone roles. In 1911 he sang at the Opera de Nice as Sebastiano in the French première of the opera "Tiefland"  of E. d'Albert. Especially he was known as Figaro in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’ by Rossini. In 1913 he sang at the Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique in Paris in the premiere of the opera ‘’Carmosine’’ by Henri Février, in 1914 in the Lamarjat’s opera ‘’Chacun pour soi’’. In the 1914-1917 seasons he had at the Opera House of Monte Carlo in a number of parts big success, among other things as Enrico in ‘’Lucia di Lammermoor’’ (together with Enrico Caruso and Graziella Pareto), André in Massenet’s ‘’Thérèse’’, La Balafre in ‘’La Vivandière’’ of Godard, Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’, Germont in ‘’La Traviata’’, Napoleon in ‘’Madame Sans-Gêne’’ of Giordano and in the opera ‘’Les cadeaux de Noël’’ of Gunsbourg. He sang there also in 1914 in the premiere of the (posthumous) opera ‘’Cléopâtre’’ of Massenet. In the 1915-1919 seasons he was engaged by the Chicago Opera, where he also took part in 1919 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Gismonda’’ of Henri Février. In 1913 he sang as a beginning role at the Covent Gardein in London the role of Pelléas in ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’, one of his star roles. In 1914, 1919, 1920 and 1926 he was to be found again as a guest at the Covent Garden in London, where he performed in 1919 in England premiere of Massenet’s ‘’Thérèse’’. In 1922 he appeared at the Grand Opéra in Paris as Hérode in ‘’Hérodiade’’ of Massenet. In 1924 he took part in an Australia tour which big prima donna Nellie Melba had arranged. In 1927 he retired from the stage and been active in educational area.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Paris Opéra-Comique
1911 Nice Opera
1913 Paris  Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique
1913 London Covent Garden
1914 London Covent Garden
1914-1917 Monte Carlo Opera House
1915-1919 Chicago Opera
1919 London Covent Garden
1920 London Covent Garden
1922 Paris Grand Opéra
1926 London Covent Garden


Gramophone, Paris 1912-12-11
La Poupée de Nuremberg (Adam): Pour la valse with Lafargue 034170 02618v

Odeon, Paris 1912/1913
Le grenier (Meissonnier) 111428 XP5918

Pathé, Paris 1913?
La carmagnole (Stanislas) 1156
L'Internationale (Degeyter) 1157

Edison, Paris 1913
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prologue 44620

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