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Adolphe Nourrit

(1802—1839)


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(b Montpellier, 3 March 1802; d Naples, 8 March 1839). French tenor, son of Louis Nourrit. He studied with the elder Manuel García for 18 months, initially against his father's wishes, then made his début at the Opéra in 1821 as Pylades in Iphigénie en Tauride. He was coached intensively by Gioachino Rossini and created the roles of Néocles in Le siège de Corinthe, Count Ory, Aménophis in Moïse et Pharaon and Arnold in Guillaume Tell. Among the other roles he created were Masaniello (La muette de Portici), Robert (Robert le diable, see colour plate 6), Eléazar (La Juive) and Raoul (Les Huguenots). From December 1826, when he succeeded his father as first tenor at the Opéra, until his resignation in October 1836, he created the principal tenor roles in all major new productions, generating an entire repertory for the acting tenor. His success in Moïse and Le siège de Corinthe was so great that in 1827 he was appointed professeur de déclamation pour la tragédie lyrique at the Conservatoire, where his most famous student was the dramatic soprano Cornélie Falcon.

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From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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