Jacques Bouhy, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jacques Bouhy

Belgian opera singer

Date of Birth: 18-Jun-1848

Place of Birth: Pepinster, Wallonia, Belgium

Date of Death: 24-Jan-1929

Profession: singer, opera singer

Nationality: Belgium

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Jacques Bouhy

  • Jacques-Joseph-AndrĂ© Bouhy (18 June 1848 – 24 January 1929) was a Belgian baritone, most famous for being the first to sing the "Toreador Song" in the role of Escamillo in the opera Carmen. Bouhy was born in Pepinster.
  • After studying at the Liège Conservatory of Music, he made his dĂ©but at the Paris OpĂ©ra as MĂ©phistophĂ©lès (Faust) in 1871.
  • He performed at the OpĂ©ra-Comique as Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Escamillo (Carmen) in 1875.
  • At the Comique he also created the role of Don CĂ©sar de Bazan in 1872.
  • In 1882 he appeared at Covent Garden singing in Faust and Carmen.
  • He spent time in the United States as the first director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City before returning to Paris to sing the High Priest in Samson et Dalila (1890).
  • He was extremely popular with audiences, and counted Massenet among his admirers. Singers taught by him or who received instruction from him include Gervase Elwes, Clara Butt, Louise Kirkby Lunn, Suzanne Adams, Bessie Abott, Leon Rains, Eva Gauthier, Lillian Blauvelt and Louise Homer.He died in Paris in January 1929.

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