Louis Arnoult

Arnoult received his first singing lessons from G. Paulet and Madame Fourestier. During 1924-8, Arnoult studied at the Paris Conservatory where he received several awards in 1928.

Arnoult made his debut as concert singer and was, after he made his debut on stage, an appreciated Oratorio and Church singer who appeared with the most important French orchestras.

In 1929, Arnoult made his debut at the Opéra-Comique, as le Noctambule in Louise (12 december 1928)and stayed until 1956 a member of that house, creating Sylvio (A quoi rêvent les jeunes filles,), Léon (la chambre bleue), Christian (Cyrano de Bergerac), Valère (L'Ecole des maris, world premiere by E.Bondeville (1935)), Vaucluse (Esther de Carpentras, world premiere by D.Milhaud (1938)), un spectateur (La femme et le pantin), Armand (Frasquita), le matelot & Lépreux (Marie L'Egyptienne), singing also the following repertory: Almaviva, Dagobert (Dagobert), Haroun (Djamileh), Belmonte, Gargantua (Gargantua), Alain (Grisélidis), Gonzalve, Jean (Jongleur de Nore-Dame), Gérald, Ervoanik (La Lépreuse), Pinkerton, des Grieux, Léandre (Le médecin malgré lui), Wilhelm Meister, Vincent, Nadir, Nicias (Phryné), Mergy (Le Pré aux Clercs), Kornélis (La Princesse jaune), Danièlo (La Reine Fiamette), Félicien (Le rêve), de Nangis (Le Roi malgré lui), Jacques (La Reine Pédauque), Alfredo, Paco, Beppe, Jean Gaussin (Sapho), Werther, Rodolfo, José and Mylio.

During 1934-54, Arnoult sang also at the Opéra with the Ida Rubinstein Company: Le baiser de la fée (27 November 1928) and Nocturne (29 November 1928) and with the Opéra company: Gonzalve (1934), Alfredo (1934), Orphée (when the Opéra was playing at the Théâtre Antique d'Orange with Germaine Hoerner, Solange Delmas, Jane Rolland on July 31, 1939), Nicias (1946), Dimitri (on August 8, 1949 with Suzanne Chauvelaud (AKA Maria Murano), Huc-Santana, Pierre Savignol, Henri Médus, Jean Giraudeau, André Delorme), the fool (on 17 April 1953 with Boris Christoff, José Luccioni, Georges Vaillant, René Bianco, Jema Giraudeau and Suzanne Sarocca), Tamino (1950), Valère (Les Indes Galantes, 1953) and Le clerc (Jeanne au bucher 18 December 1950).

He took part also in many French Radio programs (Lied, Opera, Concert). Arnoult made also guest appearances in Bruxelles (Monnaie, 1935), Barcelomna (Liceo, Faust with Victoria de Los Angeles), and in the most important French cities outside Paris.

In 1933 in Holland, he created Gonzalve in L'heure Espagnole (23 November 1933, with Renée Mahé, Fred Bordon, Paul Cabanel and René Hérent), and Acis in Acis et Galathée (21 November 1933 with Renée Mahé, Fred Bordon and René Hérent).

Arnoult sang also many operettas.

When he retired, Arnoult taught singing at the Paris Conservatory.

He recorded among others for Columbia (L'Heure espagnole), Ultraphone (Frasquita excerpts with Conchita Supervia, recorded in 1933 after the successful premiere Paris with Supervia).
Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

Louis Arnoult singsMignon: Adieu Mignon
In RA Format

Louis Arnoult sings La belle Hélène: Le jugement de Pâris
In RA Format
I wish to thank Georges Cardol for the recording (Mignon).

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