Arthur Lheureux

1882 Frameries - 1950 Bonsecours

His father, a miner, died in a fire at the mines. He worked for thriteen years at a cobblers' shop. He was urged by his relatives to train his voice and he was accepted by Tondeur.

Lheureux studied with Achille Tondeur at the Mons Conservatory (1901-1904), followed by further studies with Demest at the Conservatory in Bruxelles (1905-1908).

He began his career at the Monnaie singing small roles from 1909 to 1911.

During 1911-2, he was in London. He then appeared in Nancy and Avignon, singing Le Pays (Tual), Monna Vanna and Roma.

In 1913, he sang in Anvers in les Béatitudes at the Société Royale d'Harmonie with Fernand Ansseau.

The same year, he sang at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées singing Pénélope (Ulysse on May 10 However he is not listed in the premiere cast where Muratore is listed), and Shuisky in the French premiere of Boris Godunov on May 22, 1913 with Shaliapin and Cooper (This is wrong as Shuisky was sung by Andreev).

Lheureux made his debut in Carmen January 16, 1916 at the Opéra-Comique (wrong date). He sang there until 1925.

He sang very often now in the South of France and Monte-Carlo.

Monnaie
Season 1909/10
Eros vainqueur on March 7, 1910 (creation) as le Capitaine with Billot, La Taste, Artus, Dua, Danlée, Mme Croiza, Mme Dupré, Mme Béral, Mme Symiane, Mme Bastien, Mme Bérelly. Mme Sonia, Sylvain Dupuis (Total 8)
Season 1910/11
Ivan le terrible on October 20,1910 (creation) as Le Pope with Bourbon, Billot, Girod, Decléry, Dua, Colin, Mme Lamare, Mme Monfort, Sylvain Dupuis (Total 18)
Quo vadis on November 20 1910 as Néron with Saldou, Lestelly, Decléry, Billot, Ponzio, La Taste, Dua, Delaye, Danlée, Villier, Nerva, Dognies, Colin, Mme Béral, Mme F. Héldy, Mme Williame, Mme Giandini, Mme Sonia, Mme Zévane, Mme Paulin, Sylvain Dupuis (Total 29)
Le feu de la Saint Jean on March 11, 1911 as Aspeck (creation) with Ponzio, Swolfs, Billot, Weldon, Delaye, Colin, La Taste, Dua, Mme Dupré, Mme Berelly, Mme Symiane, Mme Montfort, Mme Paulin, Mme Williame, Sylvain Dupuis (Total 8)

Nancy
Le Pays by Guy Ropartz, world premiere on February 3, 1912 with Rose Heilbronner, Léon Ernst, Guy Ropartz.

Opéra-Comique
Carmen on January 16, 1916???
He also sang Les Quatres-Journées (Jacques), Béatrice (Fabrice, creation), Aphrodite (Philodene), Cavalleria Rusticana (Turridu), Louise (Le noctambule and Julien), Manon (Des Grieux), Sapho (Gaussin), Marouf (Le fellah and Un muezzin), Madame Sans-Gêne (Neipperg), and Pagliacci (Canio).

His repertory also included Hérodiade, Roméo et Juliette, Lohengrin, Messaline, and Faust.

In 1918, he was back in Bruxelles and also sang in Madrid both Louise and Carmen (1921).

The cities where he sang included: Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille, Lyon, Rouen, Dijon, Avignon, Strasbourg, Lille, Reims, Deauville, Cannes, Genève, Luzern, ...

He retired and moved to Mons to teach singing at the Conservatory. He also taught at the conservatories in Braine-le-Comte, and La Bouverie. He taught until 1948, one of his student was Albert Delhaye.

Arthur Lheureux singsManon: Le rêve

Arthur Lheureux singsManon: Ah! Fuyez douce image

Arthur Lheureux singsMignon: Elle ne croyait pas

Arthur Lheureux singsPaillasse: Pauvre Paillasse
I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the recordings and discography.
Repertory

La Juive (Léopold)-Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Louise (chansonnier) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Rigoletto (Borsa) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Tannhäuser (Walter) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Eros vainqueur (le capitaine)-Brussels, Monnaie, 7 March 1910
Ivan le terrible (le pope) -Brussels, Monnaie, 10 October 1910
La Favorite (Gaspard) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Quo vadis--Brussels, Monnaie, 26 November 1910
Les maîtres chanteurs (Vogelsang) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Armide (Artémidor, le chevalier danois) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Sigurd (Irnprit) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Aida (le messager) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Guillaume Tell (Ruodi) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Katharina (Porphyrius) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
L'Africaine (don Alvar) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
La Traviata (de Letorières) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Le feu de la Saint-Jean (Aspeck)-Brussels, Monnaie, 28 March 1911
L'attaque du moulin (capitaine français) -Brussels, Monnaie, 1909/11
Le Pays (Tual)-Nancy, Opéra, 1912/3
Monna Vanna (?)-Nancy, Opéra, 1912/3
Les maîtres chanteurs (?)-Nancy, Opéra, 1912/3
Roma (?)-Nancy, Opéra, 1912/3
Boris Godounov (Chouisky)-Paris, Th. Des Champs-Elysées, 11 July 1913
Pénélope-Paris, concerts Colonne, 1913/4
Carmen (José)-Paris, Opéra-Comique, 16 January 1916
Les quatre journées-Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Béatrice-Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Aphrodite-Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Louise (Noctambule) -Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)-Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Louise (Julien) -Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Manon-Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Sapho-Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Marouf (le fellah, un muezzin) -Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Madame Sans-Gêne (Niepperg) -Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Paillasse-Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1916-25
Roméo et Juliette
Hérodiade
Faust
Messaline
Lohengrin
Discography

Parlophone
377     Mignon: elle ne croyait pas                                             P. 2091
379     Paillasse: Pauvre paillasse                                             P. 2093
380     Manon: le rêve                                                          P. 2094
381     Manon: Ah ! Fuyez!                                                      P. 2095
Reference: Les Grandes Voix du Hainaut, à l'époque du 78 tours., Belgium, 1985.
Richard T. Soper: Belgian Opera Houses and Singers, The Reprint Company, Publishers, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1999.

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