André Baugé


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(b Toulouse, 4 Jan 1892; d Paris, 22 May 1966). French baritone. His mother was the soprano Anna Tariol-Baugé and his father, Alphonse, was a teacher of singing. His studies with them led to his début with the Opéra-Comique in 1917 as Frédéric in Lakmé. Other roles with the company included Don Giovanni and Pelléas, with the Rossini Figaro as his tour de force. At the Opéra in 1925 he sang Germont in La traviata and the title role in Henri Rabaud's Mârouf. He appeared at Monte Carlo as Escamillo in 1924. His career took a new turn when at the Marigny Theatre in Paris he sang the title role in the French première of André Messager's Monsieur Beaucaire in 1925, and from then onwards he became increasingly associated with operetta, enjoying a special success in Franz Lehár's Paganini. He also appeared in some early French musical films and after World War II taught at the Ecole Normale. His recordings show a light, high baritone, firmly placed if somewhat dry-toned, better suited to Messager than to Rossini.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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