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Hector Dufranne

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Voice: Bass-baritone
Nationality: Belgian
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.
Year of Death: 1951

About Hector Dufranne:

Hector Dufranne (25 October 1870 – 4 May 1951) was a Belgian operatic bass-baritone who enjoyed a long career that took him to opera houses throughout Europe and the United States for more than four decades. Admired for both his singing and his acting, Dufranne appeared in a large number of world premieres, most notably the role Golaud in the original production of Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande in 1902, which he went on to sing 120 times at that house. He had an excellent singing technique which maintained the quality of his voice even into the latter part of his career. His wide vocal range and rich resonant voice enabled him to sing a variety of roles which encompassed French, German, and Italian opera.

Dufranne was born in Mons. He studied at the Brussels Conservatory with Désiré Demest before making his professional opera debut in 1896 at La Monnaie as Valentin in Charles Gounod's Faust. He returned to that opera house several times to sing such roles as Grymping in Vincent d'Indy's Fervaal (1897), Alberich in Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold (1898), Thomas in Jan Blockx's Thyl Uylenspiegel (1900), Thoas in Christoph Willibald Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride (1902), the Innkeeper in Engelbert Humperdinck's Königskinder (1912), and Rocco in Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's I gioielli della Madonna (1913).

Dufranne sang at the Opéra-Comique in Paris from 1900 to 1912, making his first appearance as Thoas. He appeared in several world premieres with the company including creating the roles of Saluces in Griselidis (1901), the title role in Alfred Bruneau's L' Ouragan (1901), Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande (1902), Amaury-Ganelon in La Fille de Roland by Henri Rabaud (1904), Koebi in Gustave Doret's Les Armaillis (1906), the title role in Xavier Leroux's Le Chemineau, Clavaroche in Fortunio by André Messager (1907), the fiancé in Raoul Laparra's La Habanéra (1908), and Don Iñigo Gomez in Maurice Ravel's L'Heure espagnole (1911). He also sang Scarpia in the Opéra-Comique’s first production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca (1909).

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Si tu m'aimes, Carmen Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.13

Type: duet,choirVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo/Carmen
2A quoi bon l'economie Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 3.06-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Lescaut
3Je suis Escamillo Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.06

Type: duetVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo/José
4Regardez moi bien dans les yeux Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Lescaut
5Voila donc la terrible cite Popularity:

Opera: ThaisComposer: MassenetAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Athanaël
6Je ne pourrai plus sortir de cette foret Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritone or baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Golaud
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