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Adolphe Maréchal

(1867—1935)


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(b Liège, 26 Sept 1867; d Brussels, 1 Feb 1935). Belgian tenor. He studied at the Liège Conservatory and made his début at Dijon in 1891. After singing for some years in provincial French houses he was engaged by the Opéra-Comique in 1895, where he sang in several premières, most notably those of Louise in 1900 (Julien) and Grisélidis in 1901. This led to another important Massenet première, at Monte Carlo, where in 1902 he created the title role in Le jongleur de Notre Dame, playing ‘his difficult role with infinite address and virtuosity’, according to the Journal de Monaco. He made his Covent Garden début in 1902 as Don José, acting with ‘marked and picturesque power’ (Musical Times). He also appeared in Faust, Manon and the première, under Messager, of Herbert Bunning's The Princess Osra, with Mary Garden in the title role and the English libretto translated into French. He retired after a crisis of voice and health in 1907. Among his few and rare recordings is a solo from Le jongleur which shows a finely tutored voice and an eloquent style.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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