Jacques Pottier

August 17th, 1930 Darnétal -

Picture of Jacques Pottier
Pottier was a tenor at the Paris Opéra for about 10 years. Sometimes he sang leading parts such as Cavaradossi. Most of the time he was a comprimario. In the early 60s, he sang Calaf in Rouen and it was badly received.

His biography on Wikipedia states that he sang at the Paris Opéra all the main roles of the répertoire: Rigoletto, Carmen, Tosca, Faust, Tannhäuser, Falstaff, Tristan and Isolde, La Bohème, Les Contes d'Hoffmann. This is very doubtful that he sang all those main tenor parts at the Paris Opéra. First of all La Bohème, Les Contes d'Hoffmann were not given there during Pottiers' tenure. He did not have the voice to sing Tannhäuser, and Tristan.

Further more the biography adds that he performed not only in Paris but also all over France and abroad, adding as well Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, Il trovatore, Aïda, Der Fliegende Holländer, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Prométhée without stating where and what role.

Pottier started to teach singing in France and the biography lists as his students: Dalida, Nicole Croisille, Sheila, Ringo (Guy Bayle), Thierry Le Luron and Mireille Mathieu. Well first of all they are not opera singers and no reference is given where the information is coming. Probably this comes directly from Pottier himself.

This and the name of Pottier remind me of the site of Le Maître Monsieur le Docteur Roger Yaèche, who introduced readers of his site to a Clemente Guearti, his singing teacher who is supposed to have sung in the most distinguished opera houses, unfortunately he did not, it is pure invention. This hoax is described on this site. As you will read on the hoax's site, Yaèche pretended to have a record sung by Guearti. It was actually Caruso. Yaèche took the record down from his site, but left the assessment of Potttier after hearing the record: The voice was bigger than the voice of Caruso. This casts a great doubt Pottier's auditory system.

The biography amusingly enough refers to An interesting clip on YouTube of a 1973 performance of Falstaff by Tito Gobbi where Jacques Pottier interprets Cajus. Actually it was in 1970 at the Paris Opéra and Cajus is a real comprimario role. Pottier fits very well in the part.

I was contacted via email by Mr. Alain Jacques who wrote

I was interested in exploring your website about tenors, but I could not find the way to register and be able to access further information. By the way, there is an extraordinary French tenor who is on your list, Jacques Pottier, born 17 Aug 1930, who has just finished recording at the age of almost 80 a CD of Opera Arias --which, to my opinion, surpasses Caruso, Da Monaco and all other tenors. You can listen to those arias and check my claim at
http://www.dilettantemusic.com/members/jacquespottier/musicActually now on You Tube
Jacques Pottier has now a page on the online Encyclopedia:
Thank you,
Alain Jacques
The singing of Pottier at 80 must be heard to be believed. His voice is gone. Mr. Alain Jacques, according to him Jacques'(Pottier) artistic director for the last 10 years, cannot hear this. Unbelievable!

A last comment, it is not uncommon for a comprimario singer to have recorded the main tenor role in opera, like Carmen for Pottier. Another comprimario Rialland did the same (Julien for example).

Jacques Pottier singsCarmen: C'est toi, c'est moi, with Freda Betti
In RA Format

Jacques Pottier singsCarmen: La fleur
In RA Format
I wish to thank Georges Voisin and Georges Cardol for the recordings.

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