Gaston Micheletti


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(b Tavaco, 5 Jan 1892; d Ajaccio, 21 May 1959). Corsican tenor. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, made his début at Reims as Faust (1922) and three years later joined the Opéra-Comique, where he remained until his retirement in 1946. During this period he sang a large repertory of lyric-dramatic roles, appearing on such occasions in the company's history as the 500th performance of Les contes d’Hoffmann (1927) and the 1000th of Carmen (1930). Among world premières in which he took a leading part were those of Raoul Laparra's Le joueur de viole (1925) and Camille Fournier's Le chevalier de Mauleon (1927). He also appeared in Brussels, Nice and Monte Carlo. On records he is most widely remembered in excerpts from Carmen with conchita Supervia, whom he partnered on stage in 1930; but his worth as a fine singer on his own account is well attested by solo recordings, many of which are as pleasing for their stylistic qualities as for the resonance of his full-bodied, securely placed voice.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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