Chassé (de Chinais), Claude Louis Dominique (opera) [de ]
- Philip Weller
(b Rennes, 1699; d Paris, Oct 25, 1786). French bass. Born into an untitled and impoverished branch of a family of the lesser Breton nobility, he made his début at the Paris Opéra as Léandre in the 1721 revival of Campra’s Les fêtes vénitiennes; this was followed by Saturn in Lully’s Phaëton (1721 revival). Though he was highly, even disproportionately, appreciated in minor parts, he did not sing principal roles until the retirement of Thévenard in 1729. He created the title role in Montéclair’s Jephté in 1732, the first biblical opera staged at the Opéra. For Rameau he created Theseus (Hippolyte et Aricie, 1733), Huascar (Les Indes galantes, 1735) and Pollux (1737). He also took the leading basse-taille roles in revivals of works by Lully, Campra, Destouches and Desmarets. He withdrew from the stage between 1738 and 1742, to try to recover his ...