Jean-Alexandre Talazac

6 May 1853 Bordeaux – 26 December 1892 Chatou

Picture of Jean Alexandre Talazac with Marie Heilbronn
Jean-Alexandre Talazac with Marie Heilbronn in Manon (creators' picture)

Picture of Jean Alexandre Talazac
He studied voice first at the conservatories of Bordeaux and Paris, and made his debut at the Paris Théâtre-Lyrique in 1877. The following year, he joined the Opéra-Comique, where he would stay for the rest of his life, and become one of that theater's greatest stars ever.

He sang in four world premieres of historic importance: Les contes d'Hoffmann on 10 February 1881 (Hoffmann, his most famous role), Lakmé on 14 April 1883 (Gérald), Manon on 19 January 1884 (des Grieux) and Le roi d'Ys on 7 May 1888 (Mylio). He also created, surprisingly for someone who sang des Grieux and Mylio, Samson for Paris (31 October 1890).

Other important roles in his repertory: Tamino, Joseph, Fernand, Edgardo, Raoul, Wilhelm Meister, Roméo, Selim (La statue by Reyer). He was also a noted concert singer.

Guest appearances in Monte Carlo (1883, 1887–89), Lisbon (1887), at La Monnaie (1889) and Covent Garden (1889).

Reference 1, reference 2, reference 3: Kutsch & Riemens

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