- Philip Weller
(d 1688). French baritone (basse-taille). Recruited in Languedoc, he first sang in Paris in 1671, in Cambert’s Pomone (as Vertumne) and Les peines et les plaisirs de l’amour. He joined the Opéra in 1672. The Parfaict brothers (MS, F-Pn) attributed the creation of the title role in Cadmus (1673) to Beaumavielle; Durey de Noinville (writing in 1753) to Gaye. The casts may have been different for the court and public performances, as in Bellérophon (1679), when Jobate was apparently sung by Gaye at St Germain but by Beaumavielle in Paris. Pluto (in Lully’s Proserpine, 1680) was similarly divided between them.
The principal basse-taille roles between 1676 and 1686 were taken mostly by Gaye, and later by Dun. Those sung by Beaumavielle included four in further works by Lully: Time (Atys, 1676), Jupiter (Isis, 1677), Phineus (Persée...