The great tenor tragedy: the life and death of Adolphe Nourrit Alex Aldren, tenor

23 Feb 2021
10:30 am
Available from 10.30am and thereafter

Adolph Nourrit was the foremost tenor at Paris Opéra for thirteen years, during a golden age of grand opera in the 1830s. He created the roles of Arnold (Rossini’s William Tell), Éleazar (Halévy’s La Juive) and Raoul (Meyerbeer’s Les Hugenots). 

However, when a new rival arrived on the scene (Gilbert Louis-Duprez - famous for singing the first full-voice high C), Nourrit was consumed with envy. Convinced that this new singing style was the future, he embarked to Italy to retrain with Donizetti. However, the ensuing crisis of vocal identity proved overwhelming for Nourrit, who tragically took his own life by jumping from the roof of his apartment building in Naples. 

Join tenor Alex Aldren on a journey through a singer’s psychological turmoil, and the music that he sang, at a pivotal moment in the evolution of the modern tenor. 

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Presented by The Opera Prelude