Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 13, 2014

Eugène de Creus (Tenor) (? 1880 - Paris 1952)

He was by birth a French, however, grew up in Belgium. In 1908 he made his debut at the Théâtre Royal in Antwerp, where he had his first success during two years. In 1911 he joined to the ensemble of Opéra-Comique in Paris, where he debuted as Laërte in ''Mignon'' of A. Thomas. Nearly 25 years he appeared in this opera house, where he sang in twenty premières. He appeared also as Comprimario. On the one hand he sang roles like Don Ottavio in ''Don Giovanni'',  Léopold in ''La Juive'' by Halévy, Tonio in ''La Fille du régiment'', Pylade in ''Iphigénie en Tauride'' of Gluck, Wilhelm Meister in ''Mignon'' of Thomas, Grieux in Massenet's ''Manon''and as Pinkerton in ''Madama Butterfly'', on the other hand sang roles like Dancairo in ''Carmen'', Yamadori in ''Madama Butterfly'', Spoletta in ''Tosca'' and Beppe in ''Pagliacci''. He also appeared at the Opéra-Comique in the premiere of the opera ''Marouf'' of Henri Rabaud in two small roles (15. 5. 1914). In 1935 he retired from the stage, however, he appeared  till 1939 as an operetta singer at the French province and in Belgium. He often appeared together with his daughter, soprano Hélène (Eliane) de Creus, on the stage. He lived later in Paris. 

Chronology of some appearances

1908-1910 Antwerp Théâtre Royal 
1911 Paris Opéra-Comique Debut Mignon (Laërte)


Gramophone, Paris 1912-05-14
Quand nous serons vieux (Delmet) 232523 K369

Gramophone, Paris 1912-12-24
Postillon de Longjumeau (Adam): Assis au pied d'un hêtre 032277 W182

Gramophone, Paris 1913-09-18
Désert (David): Chant du muézin 4-32343 2732ah

Gramophone, Paris 1913-09-26
Juive (Halévy): Loin de mon amie (Sérénade) 4-32348 2756ah

Gramophone, Paris 1920-04-19
Cloches de Corneville (Planquette): 14) Jeune fille, dis-moi ton nom with Brothier, Baugé, Elain & chorus K864 234064

Manon (Massenet): Ca bruit de l'or with Feraldy, Vavon, Ravery, Bernadet, Villier  D 15171 LX 836
Manon (Massenet): Acte I. Scene I with A. Gaudin D15156 LX690
Manon (Massenet): Escena de la disputa with Feraldy, Vavon, Rambert, Julliot, Rogatchewsky and Villier D 15171 LX 684
Manon (Massenet): Acte I. Sectuor with Vavon, Bernadet, Rambert, Payen and Vieuille D15156 LX729

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