V0117. HIPPOLYTE BELHOMME: Chanson pour Jean (Chizat); Arias & Ensembles (w. Marignan, Vallandri & Korsoff), from Barbiere, La Colombe, La Peite Mariée, La Fille du Régiment, Le Caïd, Patrie, Haydée, Le Songe d'une Nuit d'été, Martha, Le Domino Noir, Les Mousquetaires de la Reine, Griséledis, Philémon et Baucis, Mignon, Cendrillon, Joseph, Le Postillon de Longjumeu, Le Pré aux Clercs & Le Châlet. (France) Malibran AMR 204, recorded 1905-11. [AMR titles are issued without rear tray-cards] Final Copy!
“Hippolyte Belhomme studied at the Paris Conservatory winning second prizes for singing and for opéra-comique. He made his debut at the Opéra-Comique on 11 November 1879 in Félicien David’s LALLA-ROUCK (Baskir). At the Opéra-Comique, Belhomme sang in the world premieres of Offenbach’s LES CONTES D’HOFMANN (Crespel) and Charpentier’s LOUISE (the minor role of “le vieux Bohême.”) He also participated in lesser-known world premieres by Paladilhe, Lecocq, Pierné, Rousseau, and others. In addition to being a member of the Opéra-Comique, Belhomme sang with the opera houses in Lyons, Marseilles, Brussels, Monte Carlo, and Nice. Belhomme was known to be a fine actor and was a favorite with the public. Like so many other French singers, Belhomme confined most of his career to one theatre; L’Opéra-Comique, where he sang for 37 years. He was a highly accomplished bass-baritone with many bel-canto skills and his large number of Pathé recordings are very impressive.”
- Vincent Giroud