Maurice Renaud


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(b Bordeaux, 24 July 1860; d Paris, 16 Oct 1933). French baritone. He made his début in autumn 1883 at La Monnaie, where he later sang in the premières of Ernest Reyer's Sigurd (1884) and Salammbô (1890) in addition to singing a wide variety of French, Italian and Wagnerian roles. From 1890 (début 19 September as Karnac in Le roi d’Ys) to 1891 he appeared with the Opéra-Comique and from 1891 (début 17 July as Nélusko in L’Africaine) to 1902 he was a member of the Opéra, returning frequently until 1914. He sang at Monte Carlo, 1891–1907, and at New Orleans in 1893. His Covent Garden début was in 1897; he returned for the next two seasons and again (1902–4) as, among others, Don Giovanni, Wolfram, Nevers (Les Huguenots), Escamillo, Rigoletto and Lescaut (Manon). He appeared with the Manhattan Opera (1906–7, 1909–10), at the Metropolitan (1910–12), in Boston and in Chicago, where he sang Rigoletto, Athanaël, Rance (La fanciulla del West) and Coppélius, Dapertutto and Dr Miracle (Les contes d’Hoffmann). Renaud had a warm, expressive voice and was considered one of the most versatile singing actors of his day.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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