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date: 19 November 2019

Nourrit, Adolphe locked

  • revised by Evan Walker
  •  and Sarah Hibberd


(b Montpellier, March 3, 1802; d Naples, March 8, 1839). French tenor , son of Louis Nourrit . He studied with the elder García family, §1 for 18 months, initially against his father’s wishes, then made his début at the Opéra in 1821 as Pylades in Iphigénie en Tauride. He was coached intensively by Rossini and created the roles of Néocles in Le siège de Corinthe, Count Ory, Aménophis in Moïse et Pharaon and Arnold in Guillaume Tell. Among the other roles he created were Masaniello (La muette de Portici; see illustration ), Robert (Robert le diable), Eléazar (La Juive) and Raoul (Les Huguenots). From December 1826, when he succeeded his father as first tenor at the Opéra, until his resignation in October 1836, he created the principal tenor roles in all major new productions, generating an entire repertory for the acting tenor. His success in ...

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