V0769. CHARLES FONTAINE: Noël de Victoire (Sung by the Composer); Arias from Guillaume Tell, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, La Muette de Portici, Reine de Chypre, Lakmé, Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame, La Juive, Dimitri, Aïda, La Boheme, Roma & Lohengrin. (France) Malibran 591. - 3760003775912
“Charles Fontaine, a Belgian tenor who was born in Antwerp on 24 May 1878, studied at the Brussels Conservatory, then made his opera début in the season of 1903–1904 at the Théâtre Royal Français in The Hague, where he sang Don José, Faust, Julien, Des Grieux and other roles. His first London appearance was at Covent Garden in 1909, when he was Samson in theater’s first staged performance of SAMSON ET DALILA; other assignments there were Faust and Armide. Fontaine’s Paris Opéra debut followed on 7 July 1911, when he sang Raoul in LES HUGUENOTS. He remained a leading artist with that company until 1930, singing the operas of many composers, from Rossini to Wolf-Ferrari.
After 1914, Fontaine also appeared frequently at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. His career abroad included several roles in Monte Carlo (1916) and two seasons with the Chicago Opera (1918–1920) [where he sang often with Yvonne Gall and Mary Garden]. He also sang Messager’s MADAME CHRYSANTHÈME there, with the famed Japanese soprano Tamaki Miura.”
- Mary Jane Phillips-Matz