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date: 29 January 2020

Gresse, Léon (-Pierre-Napoléon)locked

  • Elizabeth Forbes

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(b Charolles, July 22, 1845; d Marly-le-Roi, April 13, 1900). French bass. He sang first as an amateur, then obtained engagements at Le Havre and Toulouse. He made his Paris début at the Opéra in 1875 as a Gravedigger (Hamlet), then sang Saint-Bris (Les Huguenots) and Gesler (Guillaume Tell). Engaged in 1878 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, he created Phanuel in Hérodiade (1881) and Hagen in Reyer’s Sigurd (1884), which role he also sang at the Paris première (1885). He remained at the Opéra until his death, singing a wide repertory that included Balthazar (La favorite), Brogni (La Juive), Sparafucile, Bertram (Robert le diable), Don Pedro (L’Africaine), Don Diègue (Le Cid), the King (Hamlet), Friar Laurence (Roméo et Juliette) and Lodovico (...

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