Erard was active in the 1910s, and not just a record tenor as one might be tempted to assume when hearing his voice; he gave an aria and lieder concert at
the New York Belasco theatre in February 1912 that was reviewed in the New York Times (which said Erard was a French tenor), and he was a
member of the Boston Opera (Ashville Citizen Times, 15 August 1910; The Times from Shreveport, 11 November 1919).
His real name was Erhart, and when his career was over by 1919, he founded – the "Erhart Oil Company" that drilled for oil in Louisiana
(cf. The Times from Shreveport, as above). What became of that company, or of Erard-Erhart, remains to be further investigated.
V. Combarnous (L'histoire du Grand-Théâtre de Marseille, 1787–1919) lists a tenor Erard as part of the 1909/10 roster.
|José Erard sings Lucia di Lammermoor: Chi mi frena,
|with Irma Wright-Heims, Cesare Alessandroni, G. Rossano, Madeleine Borschneck and Giuseppe Peratori
In RA format
| José Erard sings||Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell' amore, with Irma Wright-Heims, Madeleine Borschneck and Cesare Alessandroni
Discography (most probably far from complete)
US Everlasting 4-min cylinders, USA 1909?
7001 La bohème: Ah Mimì, tu piu non torni with Cesare Alessandroni
33023 Lucia di Lammermoor. Chi mi frena in tal momento
with Irma Wright-Heims, Cesare Alessandroni, G. Rossano, Madeleine Borschneck and Giuseppe Peratori
33024 Rigoletto (Verdi): Bella figlia dell' amore
with Irma Wright-Heims, Madeleine Borschneck and Cesare Alessandroni
35025 Carmen: Je suis Escamillo with Cesare Alessandroni
Columbia (November 4/20 1911)
19653-1-2 Rigoletto: Questa o quella unpublished
19653-3-4 Rigoletto: Questa o quella A-1119
19654-1-1 Rigoletto: La donna è mobile A-1119
Victor New York 10/24/1911
I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the recordings (Questa o quella, La donna è mobile) and pictures.
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Bella figlia).