Georges Cathelat

February 13, 1904 Paris -
He wanted to become an organist and studied as such at the Paris Conservatory. During his military draft, he studied singing at the Nantes Conservatory, then at the Paris Conservatory.

He made possibly his debut in Holland in 1930. He sang very few roles, his most important by far being Pelléas.

As Pelléas, he had serious international successes, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, ...

He was drafted again during the second world war in 1939.

After retirement he lived in Paris.

Holland
Iphigénie en Tauride at Amsterdam Stadsschouwurg on November 10, 1930 as un Scythe with Germaine Lubin, Martial Singher, José de Trévi Louis Guénot/Jean Clavérie, Pierre Monteux
Acis et Galatée at Amsterdam Stadsschouwurg on November 23, 1933 with Louis Arnoult, Renée Mahé, Fred Bordon, René Hérent, Paul Cabanel, Pierre Monteux
Pelléas et Mélisande at Scheveningen Kurhaus on July 26, 1939 with Louis Guénot, Madeleine Vhita, Claude Got, Helen Dosia, Paulette Nathan, Willem van Sante, Ernest Ansermet

Opéra
He made his debut in Iphigénie en Tauride singing un Scythe on June 17, 1931

Opéra-Comique
He made his debut as the King in le Roi Bossu on March 17, 1932. He sang also Pelléas

San Francisco Opera
Pelléas et Mélisande on October 19, 1938 at the War Memorial Opera House with Louis D'Angelo, Doris Doe, Carlton Gould, Jannine Micheau, Anne Jamison, André Ferrier, Erich Leinsdorf

Los Angeles
Pelléas et Mélisande on November, 1938 at the Shrine Auditorium with Louis D'Angelo, Doris Doe, Carlton Gould, Jannine Micheau, Anne Jamison, André Ferrier, Erich Leinsdorf

Metropolitan Opera
Pelléas et Mélisande on March 7/13, 1940 Helen Jepson, John Brownlee, Alexander Kipnis, Doris Doe, Natalie Bodanya, Nicola Moscona, Erich Leinsdorf
The stage honors were clearly Mr. Cathelat's. His was a young, a very young, Pélleas; trim, good looking, shapely of limb, and sufficiently romantic of bearing, at first excessively cautious of movement and later, rather surprisingly, precipitous. In the characterization was more than a touch of shyness and until the final scene it lacked any very compelling suggestion of inner fire or spirit. But this did not defeat the singer as an actor. What did handicap the actor as a singer was his lack of climactic tones for his admirably acted final scene. When Pélleas cried out to Mélisande for her lips, as Golaud came up from behind to slay him, his fragile voice gave little help. But it was generally of attractive quality - a light French timbre - and it was both supple and expressive in the greater part of the undulous Debussyan dialogue. One would hesitate to predict how the voice would stand up in even the Romeo sort of lyric singing.
Oscar Thompson, Musical America
Lausanne
1948 Pelléas et Mélisande

He recorded for Odeon.
Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

Georges Cathelat singsFaust: Salut demeure chaste et pure
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.

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