Louis Gaulard Dumesny
Little is known about Dumesnil's early life, legend has it that he was working as a cook when Jean-Baptiste Lully heard him singing and was impressed by his natural and well focused voice, his vocal range was then known as haute-contre.
He made his stage debut in 1677, singing a small part in Isis, and then went on creating all roles within his range in a series of operas by Lully. After Lully's death he created several other roles in operas by different composers, notably Pascal Collasse, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, André Campra, and André Cardinal Destouches.
- 1682: The title role in Persée by Lully
- 1684: The title role in Amadis by Lully
- 1686: Renaud in Armide by Lully
- 1686; Acis in Acis et Galatée by Lully
- 1687: Achille in Achille et Polyxène by Lully and Collasse
- 1689: Pélée in Thétis et Pélée by Collasse
- 1690: Énée in Énée et Lavinie by Collasse
- 1693: Énée in Didon by Henri Desmarets
- 1693: Jason in Médée by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
- 1697: Octavio in L'Europe galante by André Campra
- 1697: Philémon in Issé by Destouches
- 1697: Adonis in Vénus et Adonis by Henri Desmarets
- 1699: in Amadis de Grèce by Destouches
- Weller, Philip (1992), 'Dumesnil' in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0-333-73432-7
- In fact, Dumesny (spelt Du Mesnil) is already cited as a member of the chorus performing the Hours of the Day, in the 1776 libretto of Lully's Atys (accessible for free online at Gallica - B.N.F.).