Valere Blouse       (Malibran 164)
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Valere Blouse       (Malibran 164)
V2570. VALERE BLOUSE: Arias from Boris Godunov, Prince Igor, Hamlet, Patrie, Hérodiade, Lakmé, Thais, Guillaume Tell, Faust, Les Pecheurs de Perles, Lucia, Ballo, Rigoletto, Tosca, La Traviata & Il Trovatore. (France) Malibran 164.


“At first [Blouse] studied bassoon and oboe, and then concentrated on vocal srudies. On completion of his studies in 1917 he had won first prizes in solfège, singing, declamation and opera, thus crowning a distinguished and comprehensive musical education….He was a favorite in Marseilles, singing there from 1934 through 1960….His was a remarkable career of over fifty active years singing more than 120 roles. He sang Scarpia 188 times and Escamillo 187 times. He was famous for his reliability and willingness to step in to cover emergencies. He saved countless performances through his ability and cooperation….He was a pillar of the Marseilles Opéra and will always be associated with the history of that house. At the end of his extraordinary career he still offered an exemplary style of singing as a model for young singers.”

- Richard T. Soper, BELGIAN OPERA HOUSES AND SINGERS, pp.345-46

“In 1919 Valère Blouse’s long stage career began in Verviers. He appeared with success at Limoges, Nantes, Nancy, La Rochelle, Algiers, Oran, Ghent, Rouen, Bordeaux and Lyon. In 1934 he was engaged by the Opera House of Marseille in which he performed until 1963. Guest performances led him to many French opera houses, but the Opera House of Marseille to which he belonged longer than thirty years remained a center of his artistic career. He guested among other things at Grand Opéra in Paris (1935, as Telramund in LOHENGRIN), at the Opera House of Monte Carlo (1944 and 1951, as Kurwenal in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE), at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (1953). His repertoire contained 120 roles, his famous ones being Scarpia, Escamillo, Rigoletto, Athanaël in Thaïs, Jago, Alfonso in LA FAVORITE, Nevers in LES HUGUENOTS, etc. He worked later as song pedagogue at the Marseille Conservatoire.”

- Ashot Arkelyan