Armand Crabbé


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(b Brussels, 23 April 1883; d Brussels, 24 July 1947). Belgian baritone. He used the name Charles Morin when appearing in small roles. He studied in Brussels and with Cottone in Milan and made his début at La Monnaie in 1904 as the Nightwatchman in Die Meistersinger. From 1906 to 1914 he sang at Covent Garden, where his roles included Valentin, Alfio, Silvio and Ford; he returned in 1937 as Gianni Schicchi. At La Scala he sang Rigoletto, Marcello, Beckmesser, Lescaut and the title role of Giordano's Il re (1929), which he created. He joined Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera in 1907 and appeared at Chicago (1910–14), and at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, in the 1920s. One of his most successful roles was Mârouf, which Henri Rabaud transposed for him from tenor to baritone. Crabbé continued to appear until the early 1940s, mainly in Antwerp. He published Conseils sur l'art du chant (Brussels, 1931) and L’art d’Orphée (Brussels, 1933). His recordings show his voice to have been typical of the French school in its forward tone and precise diction.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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