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David Devries (Tenor) (Bagneres-de-Luchon, France 1881- Neuilly-sur-Seine, France 1936)




He made his debut in 1904 at Theatre Montparnasse as Gerald in ''Lakme'', but the main part of his career was devoted at the Opera Comique, where he sang Almaviva, Don Jose, Armand in Massenet's Therese, Alfredo, Jean in Massenet's ''Sapho'', Clement in Messager's ''La Basoche'', Vincent in ''Mireille'', Wilhelm in ''Mignon'', Des Grieux, Werther, Julien, Pinkerton, Cavaradossi and other roles. In 1909 he took part in the revival of Boieldieu's ''La Dame Blanche'' and he remained a paradigmatic Georges Brown. In the same 1909 he went to New York, invited by Oscar Hammerstein, to sing at the Manhattan Theatre, where he sang different roles: Ange Pitou in Lecoq's ''La Fille de Madamme Angot'', Sylvan in Maillart's ''Les Dragons de Villars''. More important, during this time he sang for the first time in his career the role of Pelleas in Debussy's masterwork. Still in America,  with Mary Garder he sang Araquil in ''La Navarraise'' and Alain in ''Griselide''. As a curious fact, Garden had appropiate the title role in Massenet's ''Le Jongleur de Notre Dame'', originally composed for a tenor. But when she was off travelling, Devries also sung this role, so the local audiences had the chance to listen to the part in both versions, soprano and tenor. Later he sang Pelleas at Covent Garden, Nicias (from Thais) in Montecarlo. And in Nice he created Paco in the world premiere of Falla's ''La Vida Breve''. e sang also as soloist in recitals and concerts, singing in St. Mattew Passion as well as in Berlioz's ''La Damnation de Faust''.



Griselidis: Je suis l’oiseau Odeon 188.523 Ki 1199-1
Griselidis: Ouvrez-vous sur mon front   Odeon 188.523    Ki 1216-2
Barbiere di Siviglia: Des rayons de l’aurore  Odeon 188.524 Ki 1200-2
Jocelyn: Caches dans cet asile... Oh ne t’eveille pas encore Odeon 166.257  Ki 3739-2
La Dame Blanche: O moment plein de charmes Odeon 123.548   XXP 6659-2
La Dame Blanche: Viens gentille dame Odeon 188.795   Ki 3988-1
La Fille de Madame Angot: Voyons, Monsieur, raisson nous politique w. Gabrielle Lejeune Victor 70025
Lakme: Fantaisie aux divin mensonge Odeon 123.715 XXP 7125
Les Pecheurs de Perles: Je crois entendre encore Odeon 123.729  XXP 7155-1
Le Roi d'Ys: Vainement ma bien aimee Victor 70021
Les roses d’Ispahan, Op.39 No.4  (de Lisle - Faure) Odeon 123.553 XXP 6673-2
Manon:  Instant charmant... En fermant les yeux Odeon 188.505  Ki 1079-2
Paganini: J’ai toujours cru qu’un baiser  Odeon 123.729   XXP 7154
Tosca: Le ciel luisait d’etoiles  Odeon 188.774 Ki 3735 -1
Werther: Alors c’est bien ici... O Nature pleine de gràce Odeon 123.715 XXP 7132
Werther: Pourquoi me reveiller Odeon 188.770 Ki 3717-3
Werther: Un autre est son epoux… J’aurais sur ma poitrine  Odeon 188.770 Ki 3721
Bonsoir, Mme la lune (Maunier) Pathe  4670
Chanson du pecheur, Op.4 No.1 (Gautier - Faue) Odeon 188.792  Ki 3889-2                  
Les anes du Caire (Sylvestre - Emile Nerini) (A minor) Odeon 188.596   Ki 1763                 
Rigoletto: Comme la plume au vent Odeon 188.751  Ki 3611-2



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