Monsieur Edmay

Monsieur Edmay singsL'Africaine: Ô paradis

Monsieur Edmay singsLes huguenots: Plus blanche que la blanche hermine

Odéon, Paris, November 1906 (w. piano)
xP2870	Les huguenots (Meyerbeer): Plus blanche que la blanche hermine	36874
xP2871	L'Africaine (Meyerbeer): Ô paradis				60005

Trianon, Paris, about 1911 (w. orchestra)
7342	L'Africaine (Meyerbeer): Ô paradis				60005
7349	Les huguenots (Meyerbeer): Plus blanche que la blanche hermine	36874
Source: Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien
All that is known about Edmay, apart from his discography, is that he made his debut at the Paris Opéra on January 23rd, 1907: as an Officer in Thamara by Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray; a comprimario part, of course.

But his Odéon recordings were made in November 1906 (earlier than that Opéra debut), and nonetheless, he is already, and very clearly, announced as "Monsieur Edmay de l'Opéra". There's only one possible explanation: he must have been a chorister at the Opéra, who started singing small solo parts in 1907.

Many thanks to Léopold Robert for providing these rare recordings (and label scans).

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