René Lapelletrie

René Lapelletrie, born November 2nd, 1884 Libourne/France, died 1956 Bordeaux. His stepfather owned a large pastry shop in Geneva, which he was to take over. Instead, he studied voice at the Geneva conservatory. Debut at the Trianon Lyrique in Paris in September 1907, then in Dijon, Nice, Vichy and Marseille. From 1913 at the Champs-Élysées theater in Paris, wounded in World War I (he had to pause singing for two years), from 1919 at the Opéra-Comique till 1925. Without a permanent contract for the next two decades, he sang as a guest at important French theaters: Marseille, Nice, Montpellier, Toulouse, Gaîté-Lyrique in Paris, before returning to the Opéra-Comique. Abroad, he appeared in Lisbon, Sintra, Barcelona, Bucharest, Budapest, Belgrade, Zagreb, Trieste, Basel, Geneva, Tunis, Algiers, Liège, Amsterdam, Cairo, Alexandria and Athens. At the Opéra-Comique, he was active into the 1950s (!) in buffo and comprimario parts.
René Lapelletrie singsHaydée: Ah, que la nuit est belle

René Lapelletrie singsLe chalet: Elle est à moi, c'est ma compagne

René Lapelletrie singsLes cloches de Corneville: Va, petit mousse

René Lapelletrie sings Il barbiere di Siviglia: D'un métal si précieux, with André Baugé
In RA format

René Lapelletrie talks Interview sur sa carrière
In RA format
Many thanks to Anton Bieber for the recordings and label scans (Haydée, Cloches de Corneville, Chalet).

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