A French record dealer once spread the rumour that Morati died during the First World War as the singer had disappeared from view in France.
Algiers Opéra, 1904Sigurd
Paris, Opéra-ComiqueCavalleria rusticana on October 7, 1904 with Cazaux, Mme Duchène (Lucia), Mme Vallandri (Lola)
Also sang in La traviata.
Bruxelles, MonnaieSeason 1906/7
Les amaryllis on February 8, 1907 with Mme Korsoff, Mme Bourgeois, Sylvain Dupuis (total 8)
The bartered bride on February 27, 1907 with Belhomme, Dua, Danlée, François, Caisso, Delaye, Mme Korsoff, Mme Eyréams, Mme Bourgeois, Mme Paulin, François Rasse (total 6)
Fortunio on January 4, 1908 with Declery, Bourbon, Dua, La Taste, Caisso, Dorgeles, Delaye, Mme Grenville, Mme Symiane, Mme de Bolle, S. Dupuis (total 6)
Katharina on February 27, 1909 with Lestelly, Petit, Artus, Galinier, Hiernaux, Nandès, La Taste, Delaye, Delrue, Colin, Mme croiza, Mme Bourgeois, Mme Lucey, Sylvain Dupuis (total 17)
Lakmé with Mme de Tréville, de Clery;
Werther with Mme Sylva, Mme Eyréams, de Clery, Belhomme
Nice, 1910La glu on January 26 with Claire Friché, Geneviève Vix (total 8)
Prior to the start of the season "L'Abeille" reported on some of the artists engaged. Morati, born 3 July 1880 in Paris, had studied at the Conservatoire under Edmond Duvernay and with Melchissédec. He had sung in Bordeaux (Damnation de Faust), at the Monnaie, and in Nice for one season where he sang Pinkerton. His debut came at a matinee performance of "Manon", 27 Nov 1910, in the role of des Grieux. "L'Abeille" (29 Nov 1910): "impossible to find a more charming des Grieux..." "L'Abeille" generally liked him, the English language papers less so. Apparently he had some health problems while here as well – perhaps our damp winter climate ??
29 Nov - Faust
6 Dec - Don José
10 Dec - Alfredo
15 Dec - Nicias
24 Dec - Nicias
29 Dec - Nicias
1 Jan - Don José (matinée)
10 Jan - Jean (in "Hérodiade"
21 Jan - Faust
22 Jan - Jean (matinée)
28 Jan - Nicias
31 Jan - Gérald ("Lakmé")
16 Feb - Rodolfo ("Bohème)
12 Feb - Rodolfo (matinée)
19 Feb - Faust (matinée)
20 Feb - Alfredo
2 Mar - Gérald
3 Mar - Don José
4 Mar - Nicias
The season ended on 5 March 1911. "L'Abeille" reported that the troupe had departed the morning of 7 March 1911 for Mobile, Alabama where they would open a brief season with "La bohème". No word on whether Morati might have sung Rodolfo in that performance or what else they staged in Mobile. From Mobile they were to visit other cities – mentioned were Louisville, KY; St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC; and the tour would end in Canada in May after which the entire troupe would depart from New York and return to France. So presumably Morati went along on this tour of over two months.
Not only did Morati change his date of birth from 1875 to 1880, but also confused everybody by using the first name André. He also claimed to have sung Faust in "Damnation de Faust" 32 consecutive times !! He originally had been mentioned as coming to New Orleans with the French opera troupe in the 1903/04 season. "L'Abeille" on 11 August 1903, when listing the artists who had been signed, included Morati and identified him as a laureate of the conservatoire "this year". He didn't come, and there was no further mention of him by the time the season began later that year.
I wish to thank Jack Belsom for the New Orleans information.
References: Jules Salès: Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie; Le Petit Ni&ccedeil;ois, Le Guide Musical, Europe Artiste, Albert Soubies: Almanach des spectacles; S. Wolff: Opéra-Comique.
Discography Columbia cylinders, Paris 1902/1903 25778 Aida (Verdi): Ô céleste Aïda 25778 25779 Africaine (Meyerbeer): Ô paradis 25779 25805 Faust (Gounod): Salut demeure 25805 25810 Favorite (Donizetti): Ange si pur 25810 25831 Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Plus blanche que la blanche hermine 25831 25843 Juive (Halévy): Rachel, quand du Seigneur 25843 25868 Rigoletto (Verdi): Comme la plume au vent 25868 25888 Tannhäuser (Wagner): Romance à l'étoile 25888 25893 Trovatore (Verdi): Misérère 25893 25915 Carmen (Bizet): Air de la fleur 25915 25936 Dragons de Villars (Maillart): Ne parle pas, Rose 25936 26026 Si j'étais roi (Adam): J'ignore son nom 26026 Emerson, USA 1917? 2475-1 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 7167 (7") 2531 L'Africaine: Ô paradis 7182 (7") 2579=2 Adorable toruments 7217 (7") 2484-2 Pour un baiser 7218 (7") 2485=3 Obstination 7229 (7") 2620-1 Martha (Flotow): M'appari tutt'amor 7247 (7") 2659-2 Manon (Massenet): Ah fuyez, douce image 7247 (7") 2727=3 Deliverance 7271 (7") Odeon XP2778 Roméo et Juliette: Grand air 36824 XP2779 Sigurd:Grand Air 36825
I want to thank Carlo Ciabrini for the portrait.