- Philip Weller
(b Prangey, nr Langres, Nov 15, 1726; d after 1779). French bass . He joined the Paris Opéra about 1750, singing Neptune and Polyphemus in the 1752 revival of Lully’s Acis et Galatée. He then created Borée and Eole in Mondonville’s Titon et l’Aurore (1753). He took principal roles after the retirement of Chassé in 1757, but faced stiff competition from Larrivée who rose swiftly to prominence after his début in 1755. Though subordinate, Gélin stood his ground, singing Thoas in the last revival of Desmarets and Campra’s Iphigénie en Tauride in 1762, and creating important roles in Dauvergne’s tragédies lyriques of the early 1760s. For Gluck he sang Calchas to Larrivée’s Agamemnon in the première of Iphigénie en Aulide (1774), the High Priest in Alceste (1776) and Hidraot in Armide (1777); he also created roles for Gossec. He retired in ...