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Vallier
Vaguet
Vallin
Vallier
Vally
Vallin
Vallin
van Dresser
van Dresser
A striking image by the photographic pioneer Nadar features the French tenor Albert Vaguet (1865-1943). He trained at the Paris Conservatory, and in 1890 made his Paris Opéra debut in the title role of Faust. He remained with that Company throughout his career. His commitments to the Paris Opéra prevented him from premiering the role of Jean in Massenet's Le Jongleur de Notre Dame. In 1899 he was the first French David in Les Maîtres Chanteurs (Meistersinger). He created the roles of Hylas in Briséis (1899) and Marcomir in Les Barbares (1901). An accident ended his stage career at the age of thirty-eight but he continued to teach in Pau. He was married to soprano Alba Chrétien who also appeared at the Paris Opéra. French soprano Aline Vallandri (1878-1952) made her debut (1904) at the Opéra-Comique in the title role of Mireille. She remained there for thirty years, creating many roles for the Comique. A Reutlinger photo- postcard published by S.I.P., number 061. Postmarked in 1905. Bass Jean Vallier. He made his debut (1892) at the Paris Opéra in Reyer's Sigurd. At the Monte Carlo Opera, where he had his greatest successes, he appeared in Salome (1903), Das Rheingold (1908, '09), Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung, Cristoforo Colombo, Rigoletto, La Gioconda (1909), Faust, Roméo et Juliette, and Lohengrin (1910). A youthful look at the great French soprano Ninon Vallin (1886-1961). She studied in Lyon and took additional instruction from Meyriane Héglon-Leroux in Paris. Her official debut (1912) is recorded as Micaëla (Carmen) at the Opéra-Comique although she did appear earlier that year in a Théâtre du Chatelet production of Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint-Sébastien as a leading choir voice. A world traveler, she first appeared at the Teatro Colón in 1916 as Marguerite (Faust) and returned there periodically until the middle 1930s. She was in the French premiere of Maria Egiziaca (1934), and world premieres of Sorcière and Cadeaux de Noël. She was also well known for her interpretations of songs by Debussy. This postcard dates from her 1916 appearance at La Scala where she was seen in Susanna, Mignon, and Marouf. Soprano Andrée Vally as Juliette. She was first seen at the Paris Opéra in 1913 when she portrayed Maliella in the first performance there of Wolf-Ferrari's I gioielli della Madonna. She was also seen as Thaïs, Juliette; a Flower Maiden in Parsifal, Zina in le vieil Aigle and Alix in Le Miracle. Photograph by A. Bert in Paris, circa 1913. Tennessee-born soprano Marcia van Dresser (1880-1937) as Aida. She had success as an operetta singer and an actress before taking up grand opera. In Germany she trained under Hermine Bosetti and subsequently appeared in many German opera houses before the outbreak of World War I. Back in America her most successful appearances were at the Chicago Opera in 1915.
Vallandri
van Dyck
van Dyck
van Dyck
van Rooy
van Rooy
Belgian tenor Ernest van Dyck (2 Apr 1861- 31 Aug 1923). For a short time he studied law and worked as a journalist before beginning singing lessons with, among others, the composers Chabrier and Massenet, an association that led to his creation of Massenet's Werther in 1892. He made his debut (1884) in Antwerp. His first appearance in Bayreuth was in 1888 as Parsifal. He appeared at the Metropolitan Opera during the 1898-1902 seasons. Although he did not have the most beautiful voice, his intelligence and the ability to learn roles on short notice were a godsend to opera house managements.  Dutch baritone Anton van Rooy (1870-1932). He made his debut as Wotan at the 1897 Bayreuth Festival at the insistence of Cosima Wagner. His commanding appearance and his beautiful upper register created an immediate impression. In 1898 he joined the Metropolitan Opera, where he sang his Wotan fifty times during his nine seasons there.
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