Levasseur, Nicolas (opera) (Prosper )
- Philip H. Robinson
(b Bresles, March 9, 1791; d Paris, Dec 7, 1871). French bass . He made his début at the Opéra in 1813 in Grétry’s La caravane du Caire, then sang for two seasons in London, making his début at the King’s Theatre (1815) in Mayr’s Adelasia ed Aleramo. In 1819 he joined the Théâtre Italien, first appearing as Almaviva. The following year he sang at La Scala in the première of Meyerbeer’s Margherita d’Anjou. At the Théâtre Italien he sang in many Rossini operas new to Paris, notably in the title role of Mosè in Egitto (1822), which he repeated in the revised version for the Opéra (1827). In 1828 he rejoined the Opéra, creating virtually every important new bass role in its repertory over the next 12 years, including Bertram in Robert le diable (1831) Brogni in La Juive (...