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Charles-Henri Edmond Duvernoy, born Paris, 16 June 1844, died there 12 January 1927, was a French pianist, baritone and vocal teacher, from a family of musicians.[1]

Life and career

Edmond Duvernoy was taught initially by his father, Charles-François Duvernoy, then studied at the Paris Conservatoire. A fine pianist, he began to teach, then studied singing, joining the Opéra-Comique company.[1] He made his stage debut as Mercutio in the first performance at the Opéra-Comique of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette on 20 January 1873. He also sang Morales in the premiere of Bizet's Carmen in 1875; Bizet composed three versions of the mélodrame in Act 1 for Duvernoy.

According to Malherbe, he had a relatively soft voice, but he used it with good taste, and with sufficient talent to enable him to became later one of the most esteemed vocal teachers.[2]

He sang Ganymède in Galathée in 1873, alongside his future wife, Mlle Franck, a soprano of the Opéra-Comique.[2] Duvernoy and his wife moved to the Théâtre-Lyrique in 1877. Both of them participated in the private 'premiere' of Offenbach’s Les contes d'Hoffmann on 18 May 1879, Duvernoy playing the piano.[3]

From October 1887 to 1910 Duvernoy was a singing professor at the Conservatoire de Paris, with many important artists among his pupils. He also composed some songs. His brother was Victor-Alphonse Duvernoy, pianist and composer.

References

  1. ^ a b Fétis F-J. Biographie universelle des musiciens. Paris, 1878.
  2. ^ a b Soubies A, Malherbe C. Histoire de l'opéra comique — La seconde salle Favart 1840–1887. Flammarion, Paris, 1893.
  3. ^ Wolff, Stéphane. Un demi-siècle d'Opéra-Comique 1900–1950. André Bonne, Paris, 1953.

Sources

  • Pierre Key's international music year book. Pierre Key, New York 1928.
  • Brigitte Labat-Poussin, Jean Favier: Archives du theatre national de l'opera. Inventaire. Archives Nationales, Paris 1977.
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