Frans de Guyse
11 July 1907 – 1992
in Guillaume Tell with Van Hyfte
Frans de Guyse studied at the Antwerp Conservatory. He made his debut in 1936 at the Vlaamse Opera in Ghent in Don Giovanni. De Guyse
sometimes used his real name Frans Gijsen, when he sang in the Flemish part of Belgium; at other occasions again, his stage name was spelled De
Guise. He specialized in the old heroic repertory and was the immediate predecessor of Tony Poncet in this field. De Guyse's repertory
Le château de la Grande Bretèche
Les contes d'Hoffmann
Das Land des Lächelns
Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein)
De Guyse never recorded commercially.
In RA format
He made a few private recordings after his retirement from the stage; furthermore, a live recording of
a 1966 Favorite from Verviers has survived (with Simone Couderc and Gilbert Dubuc).
Some career facts:
At the Monnaie in Brussels, De Guyse sang:
Tsar's bride (Rimskij-Korsakov)
Le chemineau (Leroux) – 1938/39 season – role: Toinet – 5 performances
Guillaume Tell (Rossini) – 1949/50 season – role: Arnold – 12 performances
In Ghent, he sang in 1936/37, 1945–47, 1949/50, 1955–57, 1959/60 and 1961/62.
In Antwerp, he sang from 1936 to 1938, 1940 to 1946, 1951 to 1958 and 1961 to 1963.
In Verviers, he sang continuously from 1941 to 1966: in Traviata (Alfredo), Rigoletto (Duca), Guillaume Tell (Arnold), Africaine (Vasco),
Juive (Éléazar), Le château de la Grande Bretèche (Dupuis) and La favorite (Fernand).
In France, he sang at the following theaters: Toulouse, Marseille, Toulon, Bordeaux, Nîmes, Lyon and Aix-les-Bains. He also sang
Rodolfo in Antwerp
I wish to thank Georges Voisin & Lysiana Medine for the recording.
I wish to thank Claude Ribou for the Toulon program.
I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the pictures.
Reference: Richard T. Soper: Belgian opera houses and singers, The Reprint Company, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1999.
Three pictures have been copied from Claude-Pascal Perna's fantastic collection: Tell, Bohème and Juive.