Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 13, 2014

Louis Lestelly (Baritone) (Bordeaux 1877– Paris 1936)

His stage debut fsnd in 1901 in the opera-house of Bordeaux instead of. During the following six years he sang in Lüttich, Nice and Marseille. In 1908 he was engaged as the first baritone by the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and appeared here among other things as  father in ''Louise'' of Charpentier, Hérode in Massenet's ''Hérodiade'', High Priest in ''Samson et Dalila'' of Saint-Saëns, Amonasro in ''Aida'' and Wolfram in ''Tannhäuser''. In 1910 he made guest appearance at the Covent Garden in London. In 1913 he became a member of the Grand Opéra in Paris (beginning role: Hamlet in the opera of the same name of A.Thomas). At the Grand Opéra he had a successful career. In 1914 he sang there the role of Amfortas in the French première of ''Parsifal''. In 1918 he performed in the premiere of César Franck's ''Rebecca'', in 1914 in  ''Scémo'' of Alfred Bachelet. Later he worked as a singing teacher in Paris.

Chronology of some appearances

1901 Bordeaux  Opera House
1902-1907 Lüttich, Nice and Marseille
1910 London Covent Garden
1913 Paris Grand Opéra 


Gramophone, Paris 1916-04-17
Henri VIII (Saint-Saëns): Qui donc commande 032329 W329

Gramophone, Paris 1916-04-18
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): C'est toi 032327 W328
Hérodiade (Massenet): Salomé, demande au prisonnier 032328 396af

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