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Charles Fontaine (Tenor) (Antwerp 1878 - Antwerp 1955)




He studied at the Brussels Conservatory, then made his opera debut in the season of 1903–1904 at the Theatre Royal Francais in The Hague, where he sang Don Jose, Faust, Julien, Des Grieux and other roles. His first London appearance was at Covent Garden in 1909, when he was Samson in theater’s first staged performance of ‘’Samson et Dalila’’; other assignments there were ‘’Faust’’ and ‘’Armide’’. Fontaine’s Paris Opera debut followed on 7 July 1911, when he sang Raoul in ‘’Les Huguenots’’. He remained a leading artist with that company until 1930, singing the operas of many composers, from Rossini to Wolf-Ferrari.After 1914, Fontaine also appeared frequently at the Opera-Comique in Paris. His career abroad included several roles in Monte Carlo (1916) and two seasons with the Chicago Opera (1918–1920). There his assignments included ‘’Manon’’, ‘’Faust’’, ‘’Heriodade’’ and Raoul Gunsbourg’s ‘’Le Vieil Aigle’’ (all with Yvonne Gall) and ‘’Carmen’’, ‘’Cleopatre’’, ‘’Thais’’, ‘’Louise’’ and Fevrier’s ‘’Gismonda’’ (all with Mary Garden). He also sang Messager’s ‘’Madame Chrysantheme’’ there, with the famed Japanese soprano Tamaki Miura.

Chronology of some appearances

1918 Chicago  Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1919 Chicago  Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)



Pecheurs de perles : Au fond du temple saint with Jean Note Pathe 2547 2540
Muette de Portici : Amour sacrй with Jean Note Pathe 2548 2541
Lakme: Fantaisie Pathe 0217
Juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur Pathe 0285
Attaque du Moulin: Adieux а la foret Pathe 0221
Reine de Chypre : Duo with Jean Note Pathe 2548 2542
Guillaume Tell : Ah, Mathilde with Jean Note Pathe 2547 2543
Complete Il Trovatore with Morlet, Lapeyrette and Note Pathe


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