Jean-Alexandre Talazac

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Jean-Alexandre Talazac (1886)
Talazac and van Zandt in the third act of Lakmé (1883)

Jean-Alexandre Talazac (born May 6, 1851 in Bordeaux ; died December 26, 1896 in Chatou ) was a French opera singer ( tenor ).


As a student at the Bordeaux Conservatory, Jean-Alexandre Talazac won a concours for a place at the Paris Conservatory . In 1877 he made his stage debut at the Théâtre-Lyrique in Paris. In 1878 his great career began at the Opéra-Comique . On February 10, 1881, he sang the title role in the posthumous world premiere of Hoffmann's stories . On April 14, 1883, he sang the male lead alongside Marie van Zandt in the world premiere of Lakmé by Léo Delibes . At the side of Marie Heilbronn followed on January 19, 1884 the world premiere of Manon by Jules Massenet , together with her he also designed the posthumous world premiere of Victor Massé's Une Nuit de Cléopâtre in 1885 . Another participation in a world premiere was in 1888 in Édouard Lalo's Le roi d'Ys . The Paris premiere of Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns in 1890 was important. Talazac brought the baritone Arthur Cobalet, also from Bordeaux, to the Opéra-Comique. His wife, the soprano Hélène Fauvelle, gave up her stage career after their marriage in 1880. One daughter, Odette Talazac , became a theater and film actress.

Talazac was a guest in Monte Carlo in 1883 and between 1887 and 1889, and in Lisbon in 1887 at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos . In 1889, he sang at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and gave in London in Covent Garden Opera to Alfredo , the fist and the nadir .

Talazac was also active as a concert singer .


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Individual evidence

  1. The life dates are given differently. The information here follows the BnF , Bibliothèque nationale de France
  2. a b c Karl Josef Kutsch; Leo Riemens: Großes Sängerlexikon , Berlin 2000, p. 23862 f
  3. Odette Talazac (1883–1948) in the Internet Movie Database (English)