Henri-Bernard Dabadie

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Henri-Bernard Dabadie
Henri-Bernard Dabadie as Telasco in Gaspare Spontini's Fernand Cortez

Henri-Bernard Dabadie (January 19, 1797, Pau – May, 1853, Paris) was a French baritone, particularly associated with Rossini and Auber roles.

Life and career[edit]

Dabadie studied at the Paris Conservatory, and made his debut at the Paris Opéra, in 1819, as Cinna in La vestale.

He was to remain at the Opéra until 1836, creating roles specifically written for him by Rossini, notably; the Pharaon in Moïse et Pharaon, Raimbaud in Le comte Ory, and Guillaume Tell. He also created roles in opera by Auber, Pietro in La muette de Portici, Jolicoeur in Le philtre, and Jean in Le serment.

He also sang in Italy, where he created Belcore in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, in Milan, on May 12, 1832.

Dabadie was married to soprano Louise Zulmé Leroux (1796–1877), who sometimes used her married name Dabadie, she sang at the Paris Opera, where she created the role of Sinaide in Moise and Jemmy in Guillaume Tell.


  • Roland Mancini and Jean-Jacques Rouveroux, (orig. H. Rosenthal and J. Warrack, French edition), Guide de l’opéra, Les indispensables de la musique (Fayard, 1995). ISBN 2-213-59567-4