Ferdinand Prévôt (2 May 1800 – 11 June 1879) was a French [1 ] operatic bass-baritone. His surname is also found spelt as Prevot or Prévost. [2 ]
He was born Pierre-Ferdinand Prévôt in
Caussade ( Tarn-et-Garonne). He studied at the Paris Conservatory, winning the first prize in vocalisation and second prize in chant in 1823. [1 ]
The son of a singer, he appeared in the
Paris Opéra chorus in 1818. He made his debut as a soloist in [2 ] Grétry's Anacréon chez Polycrate on 15 March 1824. He enjoyed a long career creating a number of minor roles in important operas. He sometimes sang in the same performances with his son [1 ] Alexis Prévôt (a bass) and/or Alexandre Prévôt (also a bass). Since first names are sometimes not given in the sources, it is not always possible to determine which singer is meant. [2 ]
Prévôt retired in 1857 and died in
Vulaines. [1 ]
Roles created [ edit ]
Adam in the revised version of
by La mort d'Abel Rodolphe Kreutzer, 17 March 1823 Omar in
by Le siège de Corinthe Gioachino Rossini, 9 October 1826 4th Knight in
by Gioachino Rossini, 20 August 1828 Le comte Ory Aufide in
Moïse et Pharaon (French version of ) by Gioachino Rossini, 26 March 1827 Mosè in Egitto Selva in
by La muette de Portici Daniel Auber, 29 February 1828 Leuthold in
by Gioachino Rossini, 3 August 1829 William Tell Armfelt in
by Daniel Auber, 27 February 1833 Gustave III First man of the people in
by La Juive Fromental Halévy, 23 February 1835 Méru in
by Les Huguenots Giacomo Meyerbeer, 29 February 1836 Téobaldo in
by Halévy, 5 March 1838 Guido et Ginevra Bernardino in
by Benvenuto Cellini Hector Berlioz, 10 September 1838 [3 ] Fritz in
by Daniel Auber, 1 April 1839 Le lac des fées Herald of arms in
by Halévy, 22 December 1841 La reine de Chypre Barlow in
by Le vaisseau fantôme Louis Dietsch, 9 November 1842
Sources [ edit ]
Jullien, Adolphe (1888).
Hector Berlioz: Sa Vie et ses oeuvres (in French). Paris: Librairie de l'Art. View at Google Books. Kutsch, K. J.; Riemens, Leo (2003).
Grosses Sängerlexikon (fourth edition, in German). Munich: K. G. Saur. ISBN 9783598115981.
Pierre, Constant, editor (1900). Le Conservatoire national de musique et de déclamation. Documents historiques et administratifs. Paris: Imprimerie National. 1031 pages. View at Google Books. Shulmann, Laurie C (1992), 'Prévôt, Ferdinand' in
, edited by The New Grove Dictionary of Opera Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0333734327.