Albert Saléza


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(b Bruges, Pyrénées, 28 Oct 1867; d Paris, 26 Nov 1916). French tenor. He studied with Louis-henri Obin at the Paris Conservatoire, and made his début at the Opéra-Comique in 1888 as Mylio (Edouard Lalo's Le roi d'Ys). He sang first at the Paris Opéra in 1892 as Mathô (Ernest Reyer's Salammbô). At Monte Carlo in 1894 he created the role of Eioff in the première of César Franck's posthumous Hulda and sang in Hector Berlioz's La damnation de Faust. At the Opéra that year he sang in the première of C. E. Lefebvre's Djelma and the first Paris performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Otello. He made his Covent Garden and Metropolitan débuts in 1898 in Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, and sang Rodolfo at the first Metropolitan performance of La bohème (1900). His repertory included Siegmund, Tannhäuser, Gounod's Faust, Raoul (Les Huguenots), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), John of Leyden (Le prophète), Masaniello (La muette de Portici) and the Duke (Rigoletto). He made a final appearance at the Opéra-Comique in 1910 as Don José. He had a mellow voice with elegant diction and phrasing.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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