Georges Thill

Biography

Born: December 14, 1897; Paris, France   Died: October 17, 1984; Draguignan  
While he performed many of the Italian lyric and spinto roles such as the Duke of Mantua, Radames and Don Carlo, the lighter Wagner roles such as Lohengrin, Parsifal, and Meistersinger, and even Sadko, from the Russian repertoire, and was a fine art song performer, Georges Thill is best known for his roles in French opera. During his long career he was the embodiment of French style, that combination of suavity, textual expression, delicacy, and Read more vocal technique. His voice was not huge, but it had considerable carrying power, and his high notes were clear and ringing.

After military service during World War I, he entered the Paris Conservatory in 1919, where he studied with Andre Gresse for two years, after which he went to Naples to study with the famous tenor Fernando de Lucia. He made his operatic debut at the Paris Opera in 1925 as Nicias in Massenet's Thaïs, and thereafter, appeared there every season for the next 15 years, singing the major French tenor roles such as Faust, Werther, Admète in Gluck's Alceste, and Enée in Berlioz's Les Troyens. As his fame spread, he made his Italian debut in 1928 as Calaf in Puccini's Turandot in Verona, his Covent Garden debut as Samson (Saint-Saëns) the same year , and repeated the role of Calaf for his 1929 La Scala and Teatro Colon debuts. His Met debut was in 1931 as Gounod's Romeo. Over the course of his career, he created the title role of Canteloube's Vercingétorix, and also appeared in the world premieres of such now forgotten operas as Gaubert's Naila, Hue's Le Miracle, Lazzari's La Tour de feu (a work whose other claim to fame is that it was the first to use film projection in the stage production), and Rataud's Rolande. He retired from the operatic stage in 1953, his last performance being at the Paris Opera, oddly enough in the role of Canio in Pagliacci, and from the concert stage in 1956.

He made three films, best known of which is Gustave Charpentier's Louise, with Grace Moore, and also made numerous recordings. His complete recordings (available on multiple labels) of Massenet's Werther are still a benchmark for all others. Pearl has compiled a CD of songs and arias that shows off the breadth of his artistry in a wide variety of repertoires, and for lovers of French opera, his collection of French arias (EMI) is indispensable. Read less
Massenet: Werther / Cohen, Thill, Vallin, Feraldy, Et Al
Release Date: 01/07/2003   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1366   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Born: December 14, 1897; Paris, France   Died: October 17, 1984; Draguignan  
While he performed many of the Italian lyric and spinto roles such as the Duke of Mantua, Radames and Don Carlo, the lighter Wagner roles such as Lohengrin, Parsifal, and Meistersinger, and even Sadko, from the Russian repertoire, and was a fine art song performer, Georges Thill is best known for his roles in French opera. During his long career he was the embodiment of French style, that combination of suavity, textual expression, delicacy, and Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Act I: Prelude
Act I: Sur la place, Chacun passe...' (Micaela, Chorus)
Act I: Avec la garde montante (Chorus)
Act I: 'La cloche a sonne' (, Chorus)
Act I: Habanera: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (, Chorus)
Act I: 'Parle-moi de ma mere' (Don Jose, Micaela)
Act I: Que se passe-t-il donc la-bas? (Chorus)
Act I: Seguidilla: 'Pres des reparts de Seville' (, Don Jose)
Act II: Les tringles des sistres tintaient (, Frasquita, Mercedes)
Act II: Toreado Song: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Escamillo, Chorus)
Act II: Quintet: Nous avons en tete une affaire (, Frasquita, Mercedes, Dancairo, Remendado)
Act II: Je vais danser en votre honneur (, Don Jose)
Act II: Flower Song: La fleur que tu mavais jetee (, Don Jose)
Act II: Non tu ne maimes pas (, Don Jose)
Act II: Hola, , Hola (Company)
Act III: Entracte
Act III: Ecoute, compagnon (, Frasquita, Mercedes, Don Jose, Dancario, Remendado, Chorus)
Act III: Card Trio: Melons, coupons ... (, Frasquita, Mercedes)
Act III: Quant au douanier, cest notre affaire (, Frasquita, Dancario, Mercedes, Remendado)
Act III: Micaelas Aria: Je dis que rien ne mepouvante (Micaela)
Act III: Je suis Escamillo, Torero de Grenade (Don Jose, Escamilo)
Act III: Hola, Hola Jose ... (Company)
Act III: Va-t'en! (, Don Jose, Company)
Act IV: Entr'acte
Act IV: Adieux cuartos (Chorus)
Act IV: Les voici! Voici la quadrille des Toreros (, Frasquita, Mercedes, Escamillo, Chorus)
Act IV: Si tu m'aimes, (Escamillo, )
Act IV: C'est toi? C'est moi! (, Don Jose)
Act IV: Viva! La course est belle (Company)
Werther: Prelude
Werther: Act I, "Assez! Assez!" (Bailiff, Children)
Werther: Act I, "Bravo pour les enfants" (Johann, Schmidt, Children, Bailiff)
Werther: Act I, "Alors, c'est bien ici...je ne sais si je veille...O Nature" (Werther, Children, Charlotte, Bailiff)
Werther: Act I, "O spectacle idéal d'amour" (Werther, Bailiff, Charlotte, Sophie, Albert)
Werther: Act I, "Elle m'aime...Quelle prière de reconnaissance" (Albert)
Werther: Act I, "Clair de lune"
Werther: Act I, "Il faut nous séparer" (Charlotte, Werther)
Werther: Act I, "Mon âme a reconnu votre âme" (Werther, Charlotte)
Werther: Act I, "Vous avez dit vrai" (Charlotte, Werther)
Werther: Act I, "Rêve, extase!" (Werther, Charlotte)
Werther: Act II, Prelude
Werther: Act II, "Vivat Bacchus!...voice trois mois" (Albert, Charlotte)
Werther: Act II, "Trois mois...voice trois mois" (Albert, Charlotte)
Werther: Act II, "Un autre est son époux!" (Werther, Schmidt, Johann, Albert)
Werther: Act II, "Mais celle qui devint ma femme" (Albert, Werther, Sophie)
Werther: Act II, "Frère, voyez...du gai soleil" (Sophie)
Werther: Act II, "Heureux! Pourrai-je l'ëtre" (Werther, Albert, Sophie, Charlotte)
Werther: Act II, "Ah! qu'il est loin ce jour" (Werther, Charlotte)
Werther: Act II, "Lorsque l'enfant revient d'un voyage" (Werther, Sophie, Albert, Charlotte)
Werther: Act III, Prelude
Werther: Act III, "Werther, Werther, qui m'aurait dit" (Charlotte)
Werther: Act III, "Ces lettres! Ces lettres!" (Charlotte)
Werther: Act III, "Bonjour, grande soeur!...Mais, souffres-tu!" (Sophie, Charlotte)
Werther: Act III, "Ah! le rire est béni" (Sophie)
Werther: Act III, "Les larmes qu'on ne pleure pas" (Charlotte, Sophie)
Werther: Act III, "Ah mon courage m'abandonne...Seigneur Dieu!" (Charlotte)
Werther: Act III, "Oui! c'est moi" (Werther, Charlotte)
Werther: Act III, "Tout mon âme...Pourquoi me réveiller" (Werther)
Werther: Act III, "Ciel! Ai-je compris?" (Werther, Charlotte)
Werther: Act III, "Ah! Moi...moi...Non, vois ne me verrez plus" (Charlotte, Werther)
Werther: Act III, "Soit! Adieu...Prends le deuil, ô nature" (Werther)
Werther: Act III, "Werther est de retour" (Albert, Charlotte)
Werther: Act III, Christmas Eve
Werther: Act III, "Werther! Werther! Dieu! Ah! Du sang!" (Charlotte, Werther)
Werther: Act III, "Et moi Werther...Oui, du jour même où tu parus!" (Charlotte, Werther, Children, Sophie)
Werther: Act III, "Écoute bien - là-bas, au fond du cimetière" (Werther, Charlotte)
Werther: Act III, "Jésus, vient de naître" (Children)


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