1882 Frameries – 1950 Bonsecours
His father, a miner, died in a fire at the mines. Lheureux worked for thirteen 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 Brussels (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 Antwerp in Les béatitudes at the Société Royale d'Harmonie with Fernand Ansseau.
The same year, he sang at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Pénélope
(Ulysse on May 10
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 at the Opéra-Comique in Carmen on January 16, 1916 (wrong date).
He sang there until 1925.
He sang very often now in the south of France and Monte-Carlo.
Eros vainqueur on March 7, 1910 (creation) as Le capitaine with Billot, La Taste, Artus, Dua, Danlée,
Mme Dupré, Mme Béral, Mme Symiane, Mme Bastien, Mme Bérelly. Mme Sonia, Sylvain Dupuis (total 8)
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)
Le pays by Guy Ropartz, world premiere on February 3, 1912 with Rose Heilbronner, Léon Ernst, Guy Ropartz.
Carmen on January 16, 1916???
He also sang Les quatre 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 Brussels 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 students was Albert Delhaye.
I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the recordings and discography.
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 Godunov (Shuiskij) – 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
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, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1999.