Léon Laffitte

(very often misspelled "Lafitte")

28 January 1875 Saint-Geniès – September 1938 Lamoilage

Picture of Léon Lafitte in Armide
Armide 1908

Picture of Léon Lafitte
Le jongleur de Notre Dame

Léon Laffitte singsManon: Ah! fuyez, douce image
In RA format

Léon Laffitte singsSigurd: Prince du Rhin
In RA format

Léon Laffitte singsLe prophète: Roi du ciel
In RA format

Léon Laffitte singsLa reine de Saba: Inspirez-moi, race divine
In RA format
After vocal training at the Conservatoire National in Paris, he made his debut at the Opéra as David (10 October 1898); he sang at that theater, time and again, until 1924: both Gounod's and Berlioz' Faust, Nicias, Don Ottavio, Ruodi, both Shahahabarim and Matho in Salammbô, both Tybalt and Roméo, both La Trémoille and Kerloo in Patrie, Duca, Radames, Cassio, Rodrigue (Le Cid), Raoul, Samson, Fernand, Castor, Canio, Loge, Mime in Siegfried, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Pedrillo, Lenskij... and lots of roles in now totally forgotten French operas of the day. Many of his creations were in world or local premieres.

Other than that, he was a member of La Monnaie in Brussels (1905–10: Renaud in Gluck's Armide, Énée, Achille in Iphigénie en Aulide), and appeared at Covent Garden (1906, Jean in Le jongleur de Notre-Dame and Renaud), Komische Oper Berlin (1911, Rodolfo), Rio de Janeiro (1916, Faust), Boston (1912–14, Manrico, Hoffmann, Julien, Stolzing, Haroun in Djamileh, among others), Monte Carlo (1904, world premiere of Pyrame et Thisbé by Édouard Trémisot), Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (1916).

He was married to dramatic soprano Jeanne Laffitte-Truck.

Reference 1, reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens, reference 3: La Monnaie archives

G&T, Paris, 1901
3750G	Sigurd: J'ai gardé mon âme ingénue			32987
3751G	Sigurd: Prince du Rhin					32988
3752G	Sigurd: Oui, Sigurd est vainqueur			32038
3754G	Le roi d'Ys: Vainement, ma bien-aimée			32993
3765G	Le prophète: Roi du ciel				32989
624G	Manon: Ah fuyez, douce image				32104
626G	La Juive: Ta fille en ce moment	(w. Paty)		34000
628G	Roméo et Juliette: Ah lève-toi, soleil			32098
643G	Sigurd: Un souvenir poignant				32093
648G	La reine de Saba: Faiblesse de la race humaine		32094
649G	Manon: Ah fuyez, douce image				32107
650G	La favorite: Un ange, une femme inconnue		32100

Zonophone, Paris, about December 1902
12238	Roméo et Juliette: Ah lève-toi, soleil			12238
12239	Rigoletto: Comme la plume au vent			12239
12270	Paillasse: Ô Colombine					12270
12271	Tannhäuser: Reine d'amour				12271
X-2174	Manon: Ah fuyez, douce image				X-2174
X-2175	Faust: Salut, demeure					X-2175
X-2177	Les huguenots: Plus blanche				X-2177
X-2186	Faust: Mais ce Dieu (w. Baër)				X-2186
Black & Silver Columbia, Paris, 1904
50378	Les huguenots: Plus blanche				50378
50379	Rigoletto: Comme la plume au vent			50379
Reference: Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien
I wish to thank Tom Silverbörg for the recording (Manon).
I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the picture (Armide).

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