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Hector Dufranne

Hector Dufranne (25 October 1870 – 4 May 1951) was a Belgian operatic bass-baritone who enjoyed a long career that took him to opera houses throughout Europe and the United States for more than four decades. Admired for both his singing and his acting, Dufranne appeared in a large number of world premieres, most notably the role Golaud in the original production of Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande in 1902, which he went on to sing 120 times at that house. He had an excellent singing technique which maintained the quality of his voice even into the latter part of his career. His wide vocal range and rich resonant voice enabled him to sing a variety of roles which encompassed French, German, and Italian opera.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 25th, 1870 (Mons), Died May 4th, 1951 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1914

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 36494 12-in. 11/22/1912 Lakmé, ton doux regard Hector Dufranne Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 36495 12-in. ca. 1912 Brindisi Hector Dufranne Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 36496 12-in. 11/22/1912 Dapertutto's air Hector Dufranne Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 36497 12-in. ca. 1912 Legende de la sauge Hector Dufranne Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 36880 12-in. 2/24/1914 Suoni la tromba Hector Dufranne ; Henri Scott Vocal duet (baritone and bass), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 36885 12-in. 2/27/1914 Voila donc la terrible cite Hector Dufranne Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 5828h 10-in. 1908 Celle que vous aimez est ici Léon Beyle ; Hector Dufranne Vocal duet (tenor and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 6495h 10-in. Oct. 1908 Chanson à boire Hector Dufranne Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 9100½u 10-in. 1905 Sérénade Hector Dufranne Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 9100u 10-in. approximately 1905 Sérénade Hector Dufranne Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dufranne, Hector," accessed September 18, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102317.

Dufranne, Hector. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 18, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102317.

"Dufranne, Hector." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 18 September 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102317

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