Personalities | Victor Maurel | Turn of the Century | Opera

1848–1923, French

Maurel studied in Paris and made his debut in Marseilles in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell in 1867. He appeared in Paris shortly afterwards and steadily expanded his international career by appearing in Cairo, Venice and St Petersburg. Maurel was much admired by Verdi, who chose him to create the first Iago in 1887 and the first Falstaff in 1893. Maurel was also instrumental in the career of Ruggero Leoncavallo, introducing the young composer to the publisher Ricordi. He created the role of Tonio for Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in 1892. Maurel also worked as a director, teacher and designer.

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