Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Jean Aquistapace (Bass) (Nice 1888 - Nice 1952)

He made his debut in 1911 and first sang at the French province, among other things in 1913 at the Opera House in Lyon as Boris Godunov. In the 1913-1914 season he joined to the Paris Opéra-Comique. In 1914 he appeared at the Covent Garden in London with success in Mozart's ''Le nozze di Figaro'' and ''La Bohème'' of Puccini. Here he also sang in 1913 the role of  father in Charpentier's ''Louise'' and appeared as Leporello in  ''Don Giovanni'' under Bruno Walter (1926). At the Grand Opéra in Paris he performed in 1922 in the famous première of the Mozart's opera '' Die Zauberflöte''. His repertoire included roles like Mefistofele in ''Faust'' of Gounod,  Sparafucile in ''Rigoletto'' and Diable in ''Grisélidis''. He appeared also in several films. Later he worked as manager of the Nice Opera.

Chronology of some appearances

1913 Lyon Opera House
1914 Paris Opéra-Comique
1914 London Covent Garden
1922 Paris Grand Opéra
1926 London Covent Garden


Pathé, Paris 1923?
Pensée d'automne (Massenet) 3242

Pathé, Paris 1928
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart): Papapagena! Papapageno! 201761
Thaïs (Massenet): Voilà donc la terrible cité 201762

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