André Laroze

23 January 1912 Dijon – 2002

He first learned to be a butcher before studying singing at the Conservatory of Dijon graduating in 1938.

His career was delayed by the second world war, and only in the 1945/46 season, he made his debut in Dijon in operetta.

In 1946, he was hired by the Marseille Opéra, then in 1948 he sang in Liège, followed by guest appearances in the French province before joining the Opéra-Comique in 1951 as Nadir, staying there until 1959.

1952 to 1955, he sang at the Opéra. He made guest appearances in Monte Carlo in 1949 in Mireille and Thaïs; in 1952 in Le roi d'Ys and in 1953 in Roméo et Juliette.

In 1950, he possibly sang at La Monnaie.

His repertory included: José, Gérald, des Grieux, Faust, Vincent, Julien, Duca, Pinkerton, Rodolfo, Cavaradossi, ...

After surgery, he had to give up his career.

He recorded for Philips (Louise) and for Pleïade.
Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

Gent, Opera
Season 1949/50
Season 1950/51
During those two seasons, he sang in Rigoletto, Manon, Lakmé, Faust, La bohème, Carmen, La traviata, Roméo et Juliette, ...

Paris, Opéra-Comique
debut: Les pêcheurs de perles on 27 May 1951
He further sang in Carmen (Don José), Lakmé (Gérald), Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton), Manon (des Grieux), Mireille (Vincent), La bohème (Rodolfo) and Tosca (Mario Cavaradossi).

Paris, Opéra
debut: Le roi d'Ys on 8 March 1952
Rigoletto 1952
Faust 1955

André Laroze singsManon: En fermant les yeux

André Laroze singsManon: Ah! fuyez, douce image

André Laroze singsManon: N'est-ce plus ma main, with Géori Boué

André Laroze singsManon: Ah! je sens une pure flamme, with Géori Boué

André Laroze singsWerther: Ô nature, pleine de grâce
In RA format
I wish to thank Georges Voisin for the recording (Werther).
I want to thanks Claude Ribou for the picture (left).
I want to thanks Georges Cardol for the pictures (right and bottom).

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