Michel Trempont

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Michel Trempont (born 28 July 1928 in Boussu-les-Mons, Belgium) is a Belgian operatic baritone whose repertoire extends from the 18th century to the creation of contemporary works. His brother was Pol Trempont (1923–2007), operatic tenor and one time director of the Théâtre de Mons.

Belgium Federal constitutional monarchy in Western Europe

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,688 square kilometres (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.4 million. The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi and Liège.

A baritone is a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range lies between the bass and the tenor voice types. Originally from the Greek βαρύτονος (barýtonos), meaning heavy sounding, music for this voice is typically written in the range from the second F below middle C to the F above middle C (i.e. F2–F4) in choral music, and from the second A below middle C to the A above middle C (A2 to A4) in operatic music, but can be extended at either end. The baritone voice type is generally divided into the baryton-Martin baritone (light baritone), lyric baritone, Kavalierbariton, Verdi baritone, dramatic baritone, baryton-noble baritone, and the bass-baritone.


Life and career

After studies with Rogatchewsky, Trempont made his debut in Liège in 1952 as Valentin. He then appeared at La Monnaie in 1956, where he went on to sing, among other roles: Le mari in Menotti's Amelia Goes to the Ball , Le Mesge in Henri Tomasi's L'atlantide, Ajax Deuxième in Offenbach's La belle Hélène , Marcello in Puccini's La bohème , Moralès in Bizet's Carmen, Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci , Tourillon in Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus (as La chauve-souris), Roger de Lansquenet in Reynaldo Hahn's Ciboulette , Jean in Bohuslav Martinů's Comedy on the Bridge (as Comédie sur le pont), Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni (as Don Juan), Le frère jardinier in Tomasi's Don Juan de Manara, a vagabond in Carl Orff's Die Kluge (as Echec au roi), Maître Pausanias in Chabrier's Une éducation manquée , Valentin in Gounod's Faust , Louchard in Charles Lecocq's La fille de Madame Angot , Le marquis Bambini in Offenbach's La fille du tambour-major , Vitellius in Massenet's Hérodiade , Jun (one of the gangsters) in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate , Frédéric in Léo Delibes' Lakmé , a rascal in Orff's Der Mond (as La lune), Banquo in Verdi's Macbeth , De Brétigny in Massenet's Manon , Bacarel in Edmond Audran's Miss Helyett , Borello in Henry Février's Monna Vanna , Bantison in André Messager's Monsieur Beaucaire , Bridaine in Louis Varney's Les mousquetaires au couvent , Phorbas in Enescu's Œdipe , Le chien in Albert Wolff's L'oiseau bleu , the Beggar in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (as L'opéra du gueux), Gustav von Pottenstein in Franz Lehár's The Land of Smiles (as Le pays du sourire), Panatellas in Offenbach's La Périchole , Ceprano in Verdi's Rigoletto , Moussoul in Adolphe Adam's Si j'étais roi , Monsieur Choufleuri in Offenbach's M. Choufleuri restera chez lui le . . . , Gardefeu in Offenbach's La Vie parisienne , and Albert in Massenet's Werther . [1]

Opéra Royal de Wallonie opera house

The Opéra royal de Wallonie, or Opéra royal, is an Opera house located on the Place de l'Opéra, in the very centre of Liège in Belgium. Together with La Monnaie and the Vlaamse Opera, it is one of the three major opera houses in the kingdom. From the beginning, the institution occupied the Théâtre royal in Liège, a building loaned by the city.

La Monnaie opera house in Brussels, Belgium

The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in French, or The Koninklijke Muntschouwburg in Dutch, is an Opera house in Brussels, Belgium. Both of its names translate as Royal Theatre of the Mint.

<i>Amelia Goes to the Ball</i> opera buffa by Gian Carlo Menotti

Amelia al ballo is a one-act opera buffa by Gian Carlo Menotti, who set his own Italian libretto. Composed during 1936 when Menotti was in his mid-twenties, it was the composer's first mature opera and first critical success. The opera recounts a series of farcical events as a young Italian socialite overcomes obstacles to her attendance at the first ball of the season.

Trempont attained an international career with performances at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where he made his debut in 1966, and sang (French versions) Figaro in the Mozart opera and in Rossini's; Marcello, Sharpless, Gaillardin (Gabriel von Eisenstein) in Die Fledermaus (La Chauve-Souris), Rimbaud in le Comte Ory , Zurga in les Pêcheurs de perles and le Marquis de Clainvillela in Sauguet's La Gageure imprévue. [2] He appeared at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the Royal Opera House London, La Scala, Milan, La Fenice, Venice, Teatro San Carlo in Naples and San Francisco Opera. [3] His repertoire has included Figaro (in both Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia ), Guglielmo ( Cosi fan tutte ), Rimbaud ( Le Comte Ory ), Sulpice ( La fille du régiment ), Fieramosca ( Benvenuto Cellini ), Taddeo ( L'Italiana in Algeri ), Sancho ( Don Quichotte ), and the king in Prokofiev's L'Amour des trois oranges .

Opéra-Comique opera company in Paris

The Opéra-Comique is a Parisian opera company, which was founded around 1714 by some of the popular theatres of the Parisian fairs. In 1762 the company was merged with, and for a time took the name of its chief rival the Comédie-Italienne at the Hôtel de Bourgogne, and was also called the Théâtre-Italien up to about 1793, when it again became most commonly known as the Opéra-Comique. Today the company's official name is Théâtre national de l'Opéra-Comique, and its theatre, with a capacity of around 1,248 seats, sometimes referred to as the Salle Favart, is located in Place Boïeldieu, in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, not far from the Palais Garnier, one of the theatres of the Paris Opéra. The musicians and others associated with the Opéra-Comique have made important contributions to operatic history and tradition in France, and to French opera. Its current mission is to reconnect with its history, and discover its unique repertoire, to ensure production and dissemination of operas for the wider public. Mainstays of the repertory at the Opéra-Comique during its history have included the following works which have each been performed more than 1,000 times by the company: Cavalleria Rusticana, Le chalet, La dame blanche, Le domino noir, La fille du régiment, Lakmé, Manon, Mignon, Les noces de Jeannette, Le pré aux clercs, Tosca, La bohème, Werther and Carmen, the last having been performed more than 2,500 times.

<i>La bohème</i> opera by Giacomo Puccini

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<i>Madama Butterfly</i> Opera by Giacomo Puccini

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At Grand Théâtre de Genève his roles have included: the Sacristan, Pandolphe ( Cendrillon ), Le Baron de Gondremarck, Crespel, Peter ( Hänsel et Gretel ), Carpe (La Forêt), V’lan ( Le voyage dans la lune , also televised), and Pantalon ( L'Amour des trois oranges ). [4]

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As the Comte de Fritelli he took part in a complete BBC broadcast of Chabrier's Le Roi malgré lui recorded in Manchester in 1973, conducted by Manuel Rosenthal. [5]

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

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Manuel Rosenthal was a French composer and conductor who held leading positions with musical organizations in France and America. He was friends with many contemporary composers, and despite a considerable list of compositions is mostly remembered for having orchestrated the popular ballet score Gaîté Parisienne from piano scores of Offenbach operettas, and for his recordings as a conductor.


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<i>Le toréador</i> opera by Adolphe Adam

Le toréador, ou L'accord parfait is an opéra comique in two acts by the French composer Adolphe Adam with a libretto by Thomas-Marie-François Sauvage. It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique, Paris on May 18, 1849. It was a huge success and the work regularly appeared in the repertoire of the Opéra-Comique until 1869. Adam made use of several familiar pieces of music in the score. The most famous number is a series of variations on "Ah! vous dirai-je, maman". The opera also quotes the aria "Tandis que tout sommeille" from Grétry's L'amant jaloux and "Je brûlerai d'une flamme éternelle" from the same composer's Le tableau parlant as well as popular folk tunes, including the Spanish fandango, cachucha and follia. In spite of this, there is little attempt to give the score local colour. The opera was originally intended to be a single act but was split in two to allow the soprano time to recover her breath in a taxing role.

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  1. 'Computerised Archival Retrieval in Multimedia Enhanced Networking' - The digital opera archives of La Monnaie. http://carmen.demunt.be/ accessed 11 September 2008.
  2. Entry at the Art Lyrique Français website accessed 6 December 2018.
  3. http://www.concerts.fr/Biographie/michel-trempont
  4. Archives du Grand Théâtre de Genève : http://archives.geneveopera.ch/fr/archives/%5Bpermanent+dead+link%5D
  5. Loppert, Max. On Radio: Le Serpent à Plumes (Delibes), Radio 3 , August 3, Le Roi malgré lui (Chabrier), Radio 3, August 12. Opera , November 1973, Vol.24 No.11, 1039-1042.

This article includes some material adapted from French Wikipedia.