Georges Thill


Picture of Georges Thill with André Baugé in 1971
with André Baugé
Andò a Napoli, a studiare con Fernando De Lucia. La sua voce pastosa, rara eccezione fra le altre della sua terra, ottenne successo in Italia, dove cantò Turandot, Carmen, Tosca ed altro. Ma la nuova impostazione e la nuova tecnica di fonazione – in rapporto alla lingua diversa – finirono col comprometterla irreparabilmente. Chi scrive lo ascoltò negli Ugonotti a l'Opèra di Parigi, e ritrovò la sua voce del tutto trasformata: una voce, per così dire, diventata bicipite, o addirittura acefala. Tale era l'impressione che se ne riceveva.
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Voci Parallele
Starting in his forties, Thill had more and more problems with the audience in Paris. He began to concentrate in singing more and more in concerts, as can be seen in his chronology. Thill, in the 1970s, told Guy Dumazert and Carlo Ciabrini that he tried all his life to learn to sing properly and went to all available voice teachers. Singing Guillaume Tell, Tannhäuser and others did not fit his voice.
Georges Thill sings Die Walküre: Plus d'hiver
In RA format

Georges Thill sings Samson et Dalila: L'as tu donc oublié
In RA format

Georges Thill sings Otello: Dieu, tu pouvais m'infliger

Chronology minimum of Thill

Repertory

Thaïs – Paris, Opéra, 24 February 1924
Faust – Bécon-les-Bruyères, Municipal, August 1924
Rigoletto – Paris, Opéra, 25 September 1924
Le triomphe de l'amour (composer: Lully) – Paris, Opéra, 6 January 1925
Fleur de pêcher (composer: Simon) – Paris, Opéra, 24 February 1925
Hérodiade – Paris, Opéra, 3 July 1925
Aida – Paris, Opéra, 20 July 1925
Werther – Nîmes, Municipal, 15 October 1925
Le jardin du paradis (composer: Bruneau) – Paris, Opéra, 13 november 1925
Brocéliande (composer: Bloch) – Paris, Opéra, 23 November 1925
Pagliacci – Paris, Opéra, 8 January 1926
Alceste – Paris, Opéra, 8 February 1926
Roméo et Juliette – Paris, Opéra, 3 May 1926
Manon (St. Sulpice) – Paris, Opéra, 1 June 1926
Lohengrin – Paris, Opéra, 28 August 1926
La damnation de Faust – Amiens, Municipal, 14 December 1926
La traviata – Paris, Opéra, 24 December 1926
Naïla (composer: Gaubert) – Paris, Opéra,6 April 1927
Le miracle (composer: Hue) – Paris, Opéra, 15 November 1927
La tour de feu (composer: Lazzari) – Paris, Opéra, 15 January 1928
Turandot – Paris, Opéra, 29 March 1928
Carmen – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 15 May 1928
Samson et Dalila – Paris, Opéra, 26 May 1928
Marouf – Paris, Opéra, 21 June 1928
Parsifal – Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 2 February 1929
Martha – Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 27 March 1929
La croisade des dames (composer: Schubert/Gunsbourg) – Monte Carlo, Garnier, 1 April 1929
Tosca – Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 9 April 1929
Les Troyens – Paris, Opéra, 2 May 1929
Andrea Chénier – Buenos Aires, Colón, 31 July 1929
Guillaume Tell – Paris, Opéra, 21 October 1929
La fanciulla del West – Milano, Scala, 7 February 1930
Satan (composer: Gunsbourg) – Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 25 March 1930
Tannhäuser – Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 5 April 1930
Don Carlos – Buenos Aires, Colón, 25 May 1930
Sadko – Buenos Aires, Colón, 1 july 1930
Mefistofele – Buenos Aires, Colón, 26 September 1930
Manon – Buenos Aires, Colón, 5 June 1931
Fra Gherardo (composer: Pizzetti) – Buenos Aires, Colón, 17 July 1931
Nazdah (composer: Palma) – Buenos Aires, Colón, 14 August 1931
Esclarmonde – Paris, Opéra, 11 November 1931
Le prophète – Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 26 January 1932
Lakmé – New York, MET, 19 February 1932
La valse de Vienne – Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 23 February 1933
Vercingétorix (composer: Canteloube) – Paris, Opéra, 22 May 1933
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Paris, Opéra, 8 November 1933
La belle Hélène – Monte-Carlo, Garnier, 17 February 1934
Rolande et le mauvais garçon (composer: Rabaud) – Paris, Opéra, 22 May 1934
Les huguenots – Paris, Opéra, 20 March 1936
Il Guarany – Rio de Janeiro, Municipal, 20 August 1936
Ariane (composer: Massenet) – Paris, Opéra, 22 February 1937
La Juive (excerpts) – Paris, Chaillot, 22 October 1945
I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Walküre).
I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (Samson).
Reference: L'avant scène opéra, opérette : L'opéra français, Georges Thill, mensuel hors série September 1984
Reference: Roland Mancini: "Georges Thill", Monstres sacrés, Sodal, Paris, 1966
Reference: André Segond: "Georges Thill, ou l'age d'or de l'opéra", Editions Jacques-Marie Lafont, Lyon, 1980
Reference: André Segond- "Album Georges Thill", Edisud, Aix-en-Provence, 1984

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