Max Moutia

December 15th, 1896 – March 22nd, 1983
Light tenor native of Mauritius (which always remained francophone, even though the British ruled it way longer than the French). His career took place in France in the 1920s and 1930s; the precise duration is impossible to figure out based on the informations available so far, but he is traceable in Paris from at least 1925 to 1933, both in concert and on stage; for example, he created L'Italien in Angélique by Jacques Ibert at the Théâtre Fémina on January 28th, 1927, and sang Almaviva in Barbiere at the Opéra-Comique. He also appeared at the Monnaie in Brussels, for example in the title role of Fortunio on March 29th, 1931.

He later returned to his native island and became a very important figure for the musical life on Mauritius, teaching voice, hosting popular radio shows of classical music, and forming an opera company (the Troupe Montia) that staged both opera (Carmen, Faust, Tosca, Werther) and operetta (Les cloches de Corneville, Andalousie, Die lustige Witwe, Das Land des Lächelns (all in French, bien sur), Les mousquetaires au couvent, Walzertraum, Die keusche Susanne, Der Graf von Luxemburg, Paganini..., in the two theaters of Port-Louis (the capital of Mauritius).

Moutia made at least one recording, the Air de la lettre from Wiener Blut (or Les jolies Viennoises, as the French version is entitled) by Johann Strauß (on La voix de son maître K2387, matrix 0LA 229).

References: L'art lyrique Français, Félix Sténio
Picture of Max Moutia

Picture of Max Moutia
I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the pictures.

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