Georges Jouatte

17 June 1892 Villefagnan – 13 February 1969 La Rochelle

Picture of Georges Jouatte
Picture of Georges Jouatte
Jouatte was the son of a brewer. To finance his musical education, he appeared as a dancer as the Casino de Paris.

He concluded his vocal studies (as a baritone) in Germany, where he appeared in concert and operetta in Berlin, and even played a supporting role in the first feature-length German sound film, Das Land ohne Frauen. In 1932, he made his stage debut at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris.

He changed to tenor after further studies with Paul Cabanel and Louis Fourestier, and in 1934, again at the Mogador, he created Mandrin, an operetta by Josef Szulc (on 12 December with Solange Renaux, Hélène Regelly, Germaine Duclos, Robert Allard, Friant, Carpentier).

Jouatte made his debut at the Opéra in 1935 (3 July) as Faust in La damnation de Faust with Marisa Ferrer, André Pernet, Armand Narçon, Jules Forest and Paul Paray. In 1935, he sang his first performances of Faust, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte on 11 December with Lalande, Ritter-Ciampi, Mahé, Huberty, Cabanel, Morot, Narçon, Rouquetty, Pactat and Reynaldo Hahn), Castor (Castor et Pollux); in 1936, of Sänger (Rosenkavalier), Admète (Alceste on 23 October with Germaine Lubin, Martial Singher, Raoul Gourgues and Philippe Gaubert); in 1937 of Florestan (Fidelio on 13 January with Lotte Schöne, Germaine Lubin, Georges Noré, José Beckmans, Henry Etcheverry, Pierre Froumenty, Raoul Gourgues, Henri Médus and Philippe Gaubert); in 1938 of Ottavio, Shahabarim (Salammbô, on 3 June with Germaine Lubin, José Luccioni, José Beckmans, André Pernet, Marcel Clavère, Lucien Bernasconi, Roger Rico, Raoul Gourgues, Georges Noré, Henri Médus, Louis Noguéra, and Françcois Ruhlmann), Lohengrin, Énée; in 1941 of Arnal (Gwendoline on 10 May with S. Renaux, José Beckmans, and Philippe Gaubert). He sang in the local premieres of Der fliegende Holländer (Erik on 27 December 1937 with Germaine Hoerner, Eliette Schenneberg, Martial Singher, Lucien Bernasconi, Edmond Chastenet, Raoul Gourgues, and Philippe Gaubert), and Pénélope (first complete performance) (Ulysse on 14 March 1943 with Germaine Lubin, Suzanne Lefort, Paul Cabanel, Camille Rouquetty, Charles-Paul, Charles Cambon, Raoul Gourgues and François Ruhlmann). He remained at the Opéra until 1944.

On 18 February 1937 he made his debut at the Opéra-Comique as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Gabrielle Ritter-Ciampi, Lotte Schöne, Charles Friant, Félix Vieuille, Guy Ferrant and Reynaldo Hahn. At that house, he took part in the local premieres of Ariadne auf Naxos (Bacchus, on 30 April 1943 with Germaine Lubin, Janine Micheau, Marisa Ferrer, Emile Rousseau and Roger Désormière) and L'incoronazione di Poppea (Nerone, 23 December 1937 with Renée Gilly, André Gaudin, Madeleine Sibille, Victor Pujol, Henri Etcheverry and Gustave Cloëz). He also sang Werther, Tamino and Faust at the Opéra-Comique.

On 6 May 1937, Jouatte appeared at Covent Garden in Alceste with Germaine Lubin and Martial Singher.

Ha made concert appearances in Germany, Italy, Austria, Montreux (Verdi's Requiem with Bruno Walter) and Belgium. He appeared at the Salzburger Festspiele in 1933 (6 August in Stabat mater with Gabrielle Ritter-Ciampi, Emilie Rutschka, Josef von Manowarda and Josef Messner) and in 1936 (15 August, concert of Cantantibus organis (by Provaznik), Auferstehung (by Weingartner), Psalm 13 (by Liszt) with Maria Keldorfer-Gehmacher, Paul Lorenzi and Josef Messner; 23 August, Mozart's Requiem with Eidé Noréna, Emilie Rutschka, Georg von Tschurtschenthaler, and Josef Messner).

He retired in 1946 after singing Tamino at the Opéra-Comique.

He still appeared from time to time on stage after 1946, for example in 1951 as Tamino in Monte Carlo.

He taught singing from 1949 to 1962, among his students were: Régine Crespin, Roger Soyer, Alain Fondary, Charles Gillig, Vera Little, Mady Mesplé,...
References: Kutsch & Riemens; VRCS 2004

Georges Jouatte sings Mandrin: Les yeux de femme

Georges Jouatte sings L'attaque du moulin: Adieu, forêt profonde

Georges Jouatte sings La damnation de Faust: Le vieil hiver
In RA format

Georges Jouatte sings Gopak
In RA format
I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the picture (Ottavio).
I wish to thank Tom Silverbörg for the recording (Damnation)

ODEON 1930–1933

xxP 7175  Le chef d'armée (Musorgskij); Liapounov, dir.                         123737
xxP 7184  Siegfried: Chant de forge; G. Cloez, dir.                             123737
xxP 7288  Don Giovanni: Dites à mon aimée                                       123783
xxP 7289  La damnation de Faust: Nature immense; G. Cloez, dir.                 123783
xxP 7298  Il barbiere di Siviglia: Des rayons de l'aurore; G. Cloez, dir.	unpublished
xxP 7301  Lohengrin: Récit du Grâal                                             123800
xxP 7299  La bohème: Que cette main est froide; G. Cloez, dir.                  123800
xxP 7301  Lohengrin: Aux bords lointains; G. Cloez, dir.			unpublished
xxP 7308  L'attaque du moulin: Adieux à la forêt                                123804
xxP 7309  Lakmé: Fantaisie aux divins mensonges; G. Cloez, dir.                 123804
xxP 7339  La favorite: Ange si pur; G. Cloez, dir.                              123808
Ki 3934   La Walkyrie: Chanson du printemps                                     188793
Ki 3935   Chant de la puce (Musorgskij); G. Cloez, dir.                         188793
Ki 3955   Manon Lescaut: Ange, sirène ou femme; G. Cloez, dir.                  166385
Ki 4763   Manon Lescaut: Ange, sirène ou femme                                  188843
Ki 4764   Gopak (Musorgskij); G. Cloez, dir.                                    188843  
Ki 5540   L'auberge du Cheval Blanc: Tout bleu                                  250279
          with Hélène Regelly; Gabriel Diot, dir.
Ki 5541-2 Am Sonntag will mein Süßer mit mir segeln geh'n (Profes)		250280
	  in French with Hélène Regelly; Gabriel Diot, dir.
Ki 5544-2 L'auberge du Cheval Blanc: La bonne auberge du Cheval Blanc           250279 
          with Hélène Regelly; Gabriel Diot, dir.
Ki 5545-2 Mein Liebeslied muss ein Walzer sein (Stolz)				250280
	  in French with Hélène Regelly; Gabriel Diot, dir.
Ki 5568   Il barbiere di Siviglia: Des rayons de l'aurore                       188874
Ki 5569   La Juive: Rachel quand du Seigneur; G. Cloez, dir.                    188874  
Ki 5581   Veux-tu?, pt. 1 (de Wenzel)						250291 
Ki 5582   Veux-tu?, pt. 2 (de Wenzel)						250291
Ki 6099   El gaucho (Schipa)							250486
Ki 6100   Dormi pure (Scuderi), in French					250486
Ki 6196   La véritable Manola (Bourgeois)					250520
Ki 6197   Les filles de Panama (de Mauprey)					250520

PATHE 1934–1935, 1948 (Magnificat)

          La  chanson du bonheur: La chanson du bonheur                         PA 717 
          La  chanson du bonheur: Tout l'amour                                  PA 717
          Mandrin: Chanson de route                                             PA 446
CPT1658   Mandrin: Les yeux des femmes; Gabriel Diot, dir.                      PA 446
          Mandrin: Par cet espoir d'un jour                                     PA 448 
          Rose-Marie: Pot-pourri (2 sides)                                      PA 522	
          Faust Symphonie/Liszt                                                 PDT 31–37
          Grand orchestre symphonique; Selmar Meyrowitz, dir.

          Magnificat/Johann Sebastian Bach					PDT 177–182
          with Nadine Renaux, Hélène Bouvier, Odette Turba-Rabier, 
	  Camille Maurane
          Raymond Sabarich, trompette solo; Franxois, hautbois d'amour; 
          Lavaillotte et Le Bon, flûtes 
          Orchestre Symphonique et la Chorale de l'Université de Paris; Jean Gitton, dir. 

COLUMBIA 1942–44

CLX 2377– Grande messe des morts/Berlioz					LFX 659–669
CLX 2398  Chorale Émile Passani; Orchestre de Radio-Paris; Jean Fournet, dir.

	  La damnation de Faust/Berlioz						LFX 615–628
	  with Mona Laurena (Marguerite); Paul Cabanel (Méphistophélès)
	  Chorale Émile Passani; Orchestre de Radio-Paris; Jean Fournet, dir.

Radio recordings

La damnation de Faust/Berlioz
1948 Paris
with André Pernet (Méphistophélès), Suzanne Juyol (Marguerite), Charles Cambon (Brander)
Chœurs et orchestre Radio-Lyrique; Albert Wolff, dir.
CD House of Opera 4697

Symphony № 9/Beethoven
with Charles Cambon, Janine Micheau, Solange Michel
Orchestre et choeur de l'ORTF; Serge Koussevitzky, dir.
CD Archipek Records 

There are other radio recordings with Georges Jouatte including Les Troyens with Marisa Ferrer, and Pénélope
by Fauré with Berthe Montmart.
I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the discography; additions from Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien.

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