Charles Rousselière

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Charles Rousselière in 1904

Charles Rousselière (17 January 1875 – 11 May 1950) was French operatic tenor who performed primarily at the Paris Opera, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and the Opéra-Comique. He sang in the world premieres of several operas, including the title role in Charpentier's Julien and Giorgio in Mascagni's Amica

Rousselière was born in Saint-Nazaire-d'Aude (village in Languedoc-Roussillon) and originally worked as a blacksmith before studying with Albert Vaguet at the Paris Conservatoire. He was active in café-concert, and one of the stars of the Petit Ramponneau in Montmartre, run by Théophile Pathé, brother of Charles Pathé, through whom he recorded his first cylindres.

He made his stage debut as Samson in Saint-Saëns's Samson and Delilah at the Paris Opera in 1900. He also appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (where he debuted as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette in 1906) as well as in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Milan. At the 1913 Monte Carlo premiere and the subsequent Opéra-Comique production in 1919 he sang Ulysse in Pénélope by Fauré.

He made a number of recordings between 1903 and 1930.

Rousselière died in Joué-lès-Tours at the age of 75.[1][2]


  1. ^ Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Rousselière". Almanacco Amadeus (Italian). Retrieved 14 July 2013
  2. ^ Steane, J.B (2008). "Rousselière, Charles", p. 418. The Grove Book of Opera Singers. Oxford University Press

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