Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 23, 2016

Mario Altéry (Tenor) (Nice, Alpes-Maritimes 12. 9. 1892 – Hyères, Var 13. 3. 1974)

His real name was Philippe Altare. He studied singing in Paris and made his debut in 1934 at the Opernhaus in Lüttich. In 1935 he was engaged by the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where he made his debut as Gérald  in ‘’Lakmé’’ of L. Delibes. During the following ten years he appeared there as Almaviva in ‘’Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’, Rodolfo in ‘’La Bohème’’, Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’, Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, De Grieux in ‘’Manon’’, Werther in ‘’Werther’’, Nadir in ‘’Pêcheurs de perles’’, José in ‘’Carmen’’, Vincent in ‘’Mireille’’, Wilhelm Meister in ‘’Mignon’’ and Julien in ‘’Louise’’. From 1940 to 1946 he also performed at the Grand Opéra in Paris, where among other things he appeared as Faust, Roméo in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ and Mylio in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’. Beside guest's appearances at the famous French provincial theaters he also sang in Switzerland, Romania and Italy, here among other things in the 1947-1948 season at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli. His career lasted up to the beginning of the 1950’s.

Chronology of some appearances

1934 Lüttich Opernhaus
1935 Paris Opéra-Comique
1940-1946 Paris Grand Opéra
1947-1948 Napoli San Carlo

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