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Pierre-Émile Engel by Nadar

Pierre-Émile Engel by Nadar
Pierre-Émile Engel (1847-1927); French tenor.

He was a pupil of the famous tenor Gilbert Duprez and in 1865 he made his debut at the Théâtre-Parisien in the première of his teacher's opera "Jeanne d'Arc". During the first years of his career he performed at various French provincial theaters and in 1868 he was seen in New Orleans. In 1876 he sang at the Théâtre-Lyrique Paris and the season 1879/80 he was engaged at the "Teatro San Carlo" in Naples. He made guest appearances at the "Teatro Liceo" in Barcelona (1881), at the "Imperial Opera" in St. Petersburg (1882/83) and at "Covent Garden" in London (1891). Since 1885 he devoted himself to singing "Wagner" and he became one of the most important Wagner-tenors of his generation in the French-speaking countries. In the years 1885/89 he often performed in Brussels at "The Théâtre de la Monnaie". Here he created the role of Armel in Chabrier's opera "Gwendolyne" (1886), René de Marigny in Litolff's "Les Templiers" (1886) and Jocelyn in Godard's eponymous opera in 1888. From 1889/94 he was engaged at Geneva and 1894/95 at Monte Carlo. In 1893 he made a guest appearance in Milan at "La Scala" singing Siegfried in "Die Walküre"; he also appeared in Germany ("Berliner Kroll-Oper" and "Hoftheater von Weimar"). In 1901 he retired from the stage and settled in Brussels (from 1906 in Paris) as a vocal teacher. He was married to one of his pupils, the soprano Jane Bathori (1876-1970).