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    					  Emilio De Marchi 
				     Table of Contents     					  Jean de Reszke

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Edouard de Reszke

Edouard de Reszke


(1853-1917), Polish bass from Warsaw, made his debut as the King in the Paris premiere of Aida. He and his older brother Jean, the tenor, subsequently became an artistic combination whose presence defined the most elegant of turn-of-the-century performances at the Paris Opéra, Covent Garden, and the Metropolitan. Their American debuts took place on tour with the Met in Chicago, in November 1891, in Lohengrin with Emma Eames. The same three artists debuted in New York on opening night. December 14, 1891, in the city's first French-language performance of Roméo et Juliette. Edouard sang with the company for ten seasons, three more than Jean. During 1902-03, his last, he sang Basilio, Ramfis, the King in Lohengrin, Zacharie in Prophète, Frère Laurent, Hagen, Silva in Ernani, Leporello, Sarastro, Ariofarne in Ero e Leandro, and, in some of the most extravagant casting ever, as Samuel in Ballo opposite the Tom of Journet. Edouard De Reszke was last heard at the Met in Maurice Grau's farewell performance, when in Act V of Faust he again performed Méphistophélès, a role he sang more times than anyone in Met history. For singing sixty-four performances of opera between November 26 in New York and the matinee of April 25 in Pittsburgh, he was paid $40,320.

AIDA (Ramfis): Side 5/Band 11

LE CID (Don Diègue): Side 3/Bands 5-8

ERNANI (Silva): Side 5/Bands 1, 2

ERO E LEANDRO (Ariofarne): Side 6/Band 8

FAUST (Méphistophélès): Side 1/Bands 4, 7, 8, 10

HUGUENOTS (Marcel): Side 2/Band 2

LOHENGRIN (King): Side 10/Band 2

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    					  Emilio De Marchi 
				     Table of Contents     					  Jean de Reszke