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Pedro Gailhardt by Reutlinger

Pedro Gailhardt by Reutlinger
Pedro Gailhardt as Gaspard in "Les Freischutz" von Weber

(Pierre Samson Gailhard)
(b Toulouse 1st August 1848 ,,d.Paris on 12 October 1918)
French Bass

Debut at the Opéra-Comique, then sang at the Opéra de Paris, beginning in the role of Mephistopheles of Faust by Charles Gounod in 1871. His interpretation of Leporello in Don Giovanni by Mozart remained particularly famous.

He was Director of the Opéra de Paris from 1884 to 1891 and from 1893 to 1907. It is mentioned as such in the novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera .

He then became Director of the Conservatory of New York.