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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Georges Thill (Tenor) (Paris, France 1897 – Draguignan, France 1984)
The distinguished French tenor Georges Thill studied at the Paris Conservatoire and with Fernando De Lucia in Naples. Returning to Paris, he sang at the Opéra-Comique. He made his first appearance at the Opéra as Nicias in Thaïs in February 1924, and continued to sing there regularly until 1940. He appeared at London’s Covent Garden in 1928 and 1937. He made his Metropolitan debut in New Yorkas Romeo in March 1931, remaining on the company’s roster until 1932. His farewell appearance was as Canio at the Opéra-Comique in 1953. His outstanding roles included Don José, Romeo, Julien in Louise, Aeneas, and Samson. He was also a fine singer of Italian and German roles.
Chronology of appearances
Thaïs- Paris, Opéra, 24 February 1924 - Faust- Bécon-les-Bruyères, Municipal, August 1924 - Rigoletto- Paris, Opéra, 25 September 1924 - Le triomphe de l'amour (Composer Lulli) - Paris, Opéra, 6 January 1925 - Fleur de pêcher (Composer Simon) - Paris, Opéra, 24 February 1925 - Hérodiade- Paris, Opéra, 3 July 1925 - Aida- Paris, Opéra, 20 July 1925 - Werther, Nîmes, Municipal, 15 October 1925 - Le Jardin du paradis (Composer Bruneau) - Paris, Opéra, 13 november 1925 - Brocéliande (Composer Bloch) - Paris, Opéra, 23 November 1925 - Paillasse- Paris, Opéra, 8 January 1926 - Alceste- Paris, Opéra, 8 February 1926 - Roméo et Juliette- Paris, Opéra, 3 May 1926 - Manon (St. Sulpice) - Paris, Opéra, 1 june 1926 - Lohengrin- Paris, Opéra, 28 August 1926 - La Damnation de Faust- Amiens, Municipal, 14 December 1926 - La Traviata- Paris, Opéra, 24 December 1926 - Naïla (Composer Gaubert) - Paris, Opéra,6 April 1927 - Le Miracle (Composer Hue) - Paris, Opéra, 15 November 1927 - La Tour de feu (Composer Lazzari) - Paris, Opéra, 15 January 1928 - Turandot- Paris, Opéra, 29 March 1928 - Carmen- Paris, Opéra-Comique, 15 May 1928 - Samson et Dalila- Paris, Opéra, 26 May 1928 - Marouf- Paris, Opéra, 21 June 1928 - Parsifal- Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 2 February 1929 - Martha- Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 27 March 1929 - La Croisade des dames (Composer Schubert/Gunsbourg), 1 April 1929 - Tosca- Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 9 April 1929 - Les Troyens- Paris, Opéra, 2 May 1929 - Andrea Chenier- Buenos Aires, Colón, 31 July 1929 - Guillaume Tell- Paris, Opéra, 21 October 1929 - La Fanciualla del West- Milano, Scala, 7 February 1930 - Satan (Composer Gunsbourg)- Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 25 March 1930 - Tannhäuser, Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 5 April 1930 - Don Carlos-Buenos Aires, Colón, 25 May 1930 - Sadko- Buenos Aires, Colón, 1 july 1930 - Mefistofele- Buenos Aires, Colón, 26 September 1930 - Manon-Buenos Aires, Colón, 5 June 1931 - Fra Gherardo (Composer Pizzetti)- Buenos Aires, Colón, 17 July 1931 - Nazdah (Composer Palma)-Buenos Aires, Colón, 14 August 1931 - Esclarmonde- Paris, Opéra, 11 November 1931 - Le Prophète- Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 26 January 1932 - Lakmé- New York, MET, 19 February 1932 - La Valse de Vienne- Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 23 February 1933 - Vercingétorix (Composer Canteloube) - Paris, Opéra, 22 May 1933 - Die Meistersinger- Paris, Opéra, 8 November 1933 - La Belle Hélène- Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 17 February 1934 - Rolande et le mauvais garçon (Composer Rabaud) - Paris, Opéra, 22 May 1934 - Les Huguenots- Paris, Opéra, 20 March 1936 - Il Guarany- Rio de Janeiro, Municipal, 20 August 1936 - Ariane (Composer Massenet) - Paris, Opéra, 22 February 1937 - La Juive (Excerpts)- Paris, Chaillot, 22 October 1945.
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Columbia, Paris 1925-01/02 Carmen (Bizet): La fleur D13003 L61 Werther (Massenet): Pourquoi me réveillerD13003L63 Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Nature immense D13004 L146 Columbia, Paris 1927-01-07
Herodiade (Massenet): Ne pouvant reprimer les elans de la foi... Adieu donc vains objets L1964 WLX27