Bertrand Etcheverry


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(b Bordeaux, 29 March 1900; d Paris, 14 Nov 1960). French bass-baritone. He studied in Paris and made his début in 1932 as Ceprano (Rigoletto) at the Opéra, where he sang until the mid-1950s. Among the roles he created there were Tiresias in George Enescu's Oedipe (1936) and the Prince of Morocco in Reynaldo Hahn's Le marchand de Venise (1935); he also sang Bluebeard in the first performance at the Opéra of Paul Dukas' Ariane et Barbe-bleue, as well as roles in Werner Egk's Peer Gynt and Hans Pfitzner's Palestrina in their first productions in France. His repertory at the Opéra included Don Giovanni, Wotan, Boris and Méphistophélès. He first appeared at the Opéra-Comique in 1937 as Golaud, a role he also sang at Covent Garden and La Scala. His roles at the Opéra-Comique included Seneca (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Ourrias (Mireille) and Nourabad (Les pêcheurs de perles). His Golaud is preserved in the 1942 recording of Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by Roger Désormière.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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