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Adolphe (Alphonse) Marechal (Tenor) (Liege 1867 - Brussels 1935)




He studied at the Liege Conservatory and made his debut at Dijon in 1891. After singing for some years in provincial French houses he was engaged by the Opera-Comique in 1895, where he sang in several premieres, most notably those of Louise in 1900 (Julien) and Griselidis in 1901. This led to another important Massenet premiere, at Monte Carlo, where in 1902 he created the title role in Le jongleur de Notre Dame, playing ‘his difficult role with infinite address and virtuosity’, according to the Journal de Monaco. He made his Covent Garden debut in 1902 as Don Jose, acting with ‘marked and picturesque power’ (Musical Times). He also appeared in Faust, Manon and the premiere, under Messager, of Herbert Bunning's The Princess Osra, with Mary Garden in the title role and the English libretto translated into French. He retired after a crisis of voice and health in 1907. Among his few and rare recordings is a solo from Le jongleur which shows a finely tutored voice and an eloquent style.

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Paris Opera-Comique
1900 Paris Opera-Comique Louise
1901 Paris Opera-Comique Griselidis
1902 Monte Carlo Opera House Le jongleur de Notre Dame
1902 London Covent Garden Carmen



Mireille:Anges du paradis Zonophone X-82490
Sigurd: Esprits gardiens G&T 3-32379 4256o
Carmen: La fleur Zonophone X-82488
Le jongleur de Notre-Dame: O liberte m'amie Pathe 0329


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