Robert Lilty

Robert Lilty singsLa fille de Madame Angot: Elle est tellement innocente
The above broadside is the earliest evidence for Lilty's career that I can find; it's from May 19th, 1948, and as we can see, he was then a member of the Nancy opera theater. It can be taken for granted that he sang Almaviva also in Nancy (Toulon was the more important theater than Nancy, so he won't have sung a larger role there than "at home"), but since the archives of the Nancy theater are not publicly accessible, I don't know what his other Nancy roles were. On 7 March 1951, he sang Alfredo in Avignon (with Ernest Blanc and Jacqueline Silvy); he may already have been at the Marseille Opéra at that time, since I find him in Marseile in 1952: as Vincent (9 August, with Maryse Patris and Ernest Blanc), and in the supporting part of Nicias (26 October, with Geori Boué and André Mazamet).

From 1957 to 1969, he was a member of the Théâtre de la Monnaie; other than Almaviva (nine performances in the 1957/58 season), he sang exclusively comprimario roles there: Beppe, Goro, Spalanzani, Parpignol, Tybalt, Schmidt, and a number of even smaller parts.

Reference 1: La Monnaie archives, reference 2, reference 3

I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the broadside.

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