Personalities | Adolphe Nourrit | Early Romantic | Opera

1802–39, French

Adolphe Nourrit, the French tenor, made his debut at the Paris Opéra in 1821, singing Pylade in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. Nourrit remained at the Opéra until 1837, singing, among other roles, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Rossini’s Otello. Nourrit was a brilliant all-round performer, charming his audiences with his subtle, expressive voice and riveting them with his acting talent. Berlioz, for one, found Nourrit ‘electrifying’. In addition, Nourrit was a gifted writer; Meyerbeer found his help invaluable while composing Les Huguenots, calling him the ‘second father’ of the opera. After leaving the Paris Opéra in 1837, Nourrit successfully toured Belgium and France. Tragically, one asset Nourrit did not possess was mental stability, which left him vulnerable to melancholia. Problems with his voice, perhaps through over-use, exacerbated the problem and in Naples, in 1839, Nourrit, 37, committed suicide in a fit of depression.

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