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Lucien Muratore (Tenor) (Marseille 1876 -  Paris 1954)




He was born and trained in Marseille, first as a cornist, and later as an actor. He made his debut at the Odeon theatre in Paris, where he played opposite such actresses as Sarah Bernhardt and Rejane. He then studied at the Paris Music Conservatory, and made his operatic debut in 1902, at the Opera-Comique, creating the King in Reynaldo Hahn's La carmelite. He made his debut at La Monnaie in 1904, as Werther, and the following year at the Palais Garnier, as Renaud in Lully's Armide. He created several Massenet operas such as Ariane and Bacchus, at the Opera, and Roma, in Monte Carlo. He also took part in the creation of La Catalane by Le Borne, Monna Vanna by Henry Fevrier, Dejanire by Camille Saint-Saens, and Pйnelope by Gabriel Faure. He became principal French tenor with the Boston Opera Company, the Chicago Grand Opera Company (1913–1914), the Chicago Opera Association (1915–1921), and the Chicago Civic Opera (1922). He also appeared at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Muratore retired from the stage in 1931. He was married first to soprano Marguerite Beriza, and later to soprano Lina Cavalieri, with whom he appeared in a silent movie, Manon Lescaut, in 1914. In 1944 Muratore was for a few weeks Director of the Opera-Comique but was removed on the Liberation of Paris. His art of singing was at times almost overshadowed by his immense talent as an actor and elegance on stage. His students included Kenneth Neate, to whom he gave some of his own costumes for Don Jose (Bizet's Carmen).

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Chicago  Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1914 Boston  Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1915 Chicago  Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Fort Worth  Coliseum Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Kansas City  Convention Hall Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Milwaukee  Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Omaha  Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Toledo  Terminal Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Tulsa  Auditorium Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 Chicago  Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1916 St. Louis  Teatro Coliseum Carmen (Don Jose)
1918 Boston  Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1918 Chicago  Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1919 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Carmen (Don Jose)
1919 Montevideo  Teatro Solis Carmen (Don Jose)
1921 Chicago Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)



Ariane: Arioso de Thesee A.P.G.A. 1490
Ariane: La folie de Thesee A.P.G.A. 1493
Ariane: Le bonheur qui t'est cher A.P.G.A. 1491
Ariane: O vierge guerriere A.P.G.A.1492
Bonsoir Madame la Lune! (Bessiere, Marinier) Pathe X3478
Carmen:  La fleur que tu m'avais jetee Odeon 3983
Carmen: Dut-il m'en couter la vie Dutreih 150386
Carmen: Dut-il m'en couter la vie Odeon 3984 P445
Faust: A moi les plaisirs Edison 17014
Faust: Ne me permettez-vous pas with M. Beriza Edison 17350
Faust: Salut, o mon dernier matin! A.P.G.A. 1499
La foret de Noel (Margis) with L. Cavalieri Pathe 64003
Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas A.P.G.A. 1664
Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas Pathe 63005
Faust: Il se fait tard with M. Muratore Edison 17395
Carmen: Tu me dis de la suivre Edison 17590
Carmen: Entr'acte, no.1 Edison 17583
La Traviata: De miei bollenti spiriti Edison 17523
Mirellie: Anges du paradis Favorite 1-5285
O sole mio (Di Capua) Favorite 1-5284
Non m'amate piu (Tosti) Pathe 63004
Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba Pathe 63016
Romeo et Juliette: Arie Pathe 4785 14726
Sigurd: Prince du Rhin Zonophone X-82570
La Traviata: Buvons, buvons jusqu'a la lie Dutreih 150145


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