Edmond Gluck

Picture of Gluck

A native of Nîmes and first an engineer in Lyon, he decided to rather be a tenor, and made his debut at the Monnaie in 1887. It was a blatant failure, and he was fired after just one performance, never to come back.
Throughout his career, he was often unsuccessful, and prematurely sent packing by many a theater. He had, however, considerable success at the Paris Opéra-Comique, where he made his debut as Don José (a surprising role, given that it was often criticized, elsewhere, that his voice was small enough to be all but inaudible) in 1891, and came back in 1900 and 1901. The rest of his career was spent in the province.
Rumour had it that he was a descendant of Christoph Willibald Gluck.
Reference: Art Lyrique Français
Edmond Gluck sings Mireille: Ô Magali, with Marthe Bakkers

Edmond Gluck singsAida: Ô céleste Aïda
In RA format

Edmond Gluck singsOtello: Tout m'abandonne
In RA format

Many thanks to Anton Bieber for the Mireille recording and label scan.
I wish to thank Carlo Ciabrini for the picture.
I wish to thank Tom Silverbörg for the recordings.

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