Henri-Bernard Dabadie


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(b Pau, 19 Jan 1797; d Paris, May 1853). French baritone. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire and made his début in 1819 at the Opéra as Cinna in Gaspare Spontini's La vestale. During the 16 years he sang at the Opéra, he created several roles in operas by Gioachino Rossini: Pharaoh in Moïse et Pharaon (1827), Raimbaud in Le comte Ory (1828) and William Tell (1829). He sang Pietro in the first performance of Daniel Auber's La muette de Portici (1828). Having created Jolicoeur in Auber's Le philtre (1831) in Paris, he sang Belcore (the same character as Jolicoeur) at the première of Gaetano Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (Milan, 1832). Back at the Opéra he sang Count Dehorn in the first performance of Auber's Gustave III (1833) and created Ruggiero in Fromental Halévy's La Juive in 1835, the year of his retirement. His flexible, warm-toned and high-lying voice is reflected in the Rossini roles that he created. His wife, the soprano Louise Dabadie, frequently sang with him.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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