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    					  Louise Homer 
				     Table of Contents     					  Marguerite Marilly

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- SINGERS
- Marcel Journet

Marcel Journet

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(1867-1933), French bass from Grasse, made his professional debut at the age of twenty-four. After extensive experiences at La Monnaie in Brussels and Covent Garden, he arrived at the Met on January 22, 1900, as Ramfis, in the same performance of Aida in which Louise Homer made her debut. Younger than Edouard De Reszke and Pol Plançon, who were also on the roster, Journet was at the bottom of the bass pay scale. In 1900-01, De Reszke sang sixty-three performances for $40,032, Plançon forty-seven for $26,084, and Journet fifty-nine plus one concert for $4,671.93. When Plançon did not return in 1901-02, Journet was assigned more important roles, performing Méphistophélès, Escamillo, the Comte des Grieux in Manon, Frère Laurent and Capulet in Roméo, St. Bris and Marcel in Huguenots. Ramfis and the King in Aida, Myrtille Olympias in Messaline, Lodovico in Otello, and the Comte De Gormas in Le Cid. That season, Journet received $5,998.50 for seventy performances (sixty-seven in opera, two on Sunday nights, and one outside). Journet remained at the Met for eight seasons, leaving when Giulio Gatti-Casazza became general manager in 1908.

AIDA (Ramfis): Side 5/Bands 5-7, 9, 10

CARMEN (Escamillo): Side 4/Band 2(?)

LE CID (Comte De Gormas): Side 3/Bands 5, 7, 8

FAUST (Méphistophélès): Side 1/Bands 5, 11

HUGUENOTS (St. Bris): Side 2/Bands 3, 4

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    					  Louise Homer 
				     Table of Contents     					  Marguerite Marilly