Nourrit, Adolphe

BORN 3 Mar 1802, Montpellier, Hérault - DIED 8 Mar 1839, Napoli, Campania
CAUSE OF DEATH suicide by jumping from window
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 22)

Adolphe Nourrit was the son of the singer and diamond trader Louis Nourrit. He studied with Manuel Garcia and debuted at the Opéra in Paris as Pylades in Gluck's "Iphigénie en Tauride". Performances in Rossini's "Guillaume Tell" and Halévy's "La Juive" followed. He also appeared in Meyerbeer's "Robert le Diable". After his rival Gilbert Duprez was engaged at the Opéra as well he left Paris.

He travelled to Italy but he fell ill and this damaged his voice. His career went downwards and in 1839 in Naples he killed himself by jumping out of a window.

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17/10/1825Premiere of Don Sanche by Franz Liszt at the Salle Le Peletier, Paris. Rodolphe Kreutzer was the conductor and Adolphe Nourrit sang. Liszt had written this opera in one act in 1824-1825. The French libretto was by Théaulon and de Rancé. The score was lost for thirty years until it was found in 1903. [Kreutzer, Rodolphe][Liszt, Franz]
26/3/1827Premiere of Rossini's "Moïse et Pharaon, ou Le Passage de la mer Rouge" at the opera in Paris. The libretto was written by Luigi Balocchi and Etienne de Jouy. Nicolas Levasseur was Moses. Adolphe Nourrit was Amenophis and Laure cinti Damoreau was Anaïde. [Levasseur, Nicolas-Prosper]
25/8/1830Revolution in Brussels after the performance of the opera "La Muette" by Auber. Adolphe Nourrit performed the leading tenor role. The opera started the Belgian Revolution against the Dutch. [Auber, Daniel]
21/11/1831Premiere of Meyerbeer's "Robert le Diable" at the Opéra in Paris. It included a ballet in the third act with Marie Taglioni as the ballerina. François Habeneck was the conductor and singers included Adolphe Nourrit as Robert and Laure Cinti-Damoreau as Isabelle. [Levasseur, Nicolas-Prosper][Meyerbeer, Giacomo][Taglioni, Marie]
12/3/1832Premiere of "La Sylphide" with Marie Taglioni atthe Salle Pelletier in Paris. The ballet was created for her. The music was written by Jean Schneitzhoeffer and the libretto was by Adoplhe Nourrit. The cheoreopgraphy was by her father Filippo Taglioni and her husband Paul Taglioni and her sister-in-law Amalia Taglioni-Galster were among the performers. In 1836 a new version with different music was produced with August Bournonville as choreographer. The original version hasn´t survived and Bournonville´s version is now on of the oldest surviving ballets in the world. [Taglioni, Marie][Taglioni, Paul][Taglioni-Galster, Amalia]
28/11/1836Premiere of the second version of "La Sylphide" at the Royal Danish Theatre. The original version had been staged on 12 March 1832 in Paris. The music was now by Herman Severin Løvenskiold and August Bournonville was the choreographer. The libretto was still by Adolphe Nourrit. Lucile Grahn and Bornonville himself were the main performers. [Grahn-Young, Lucile]


The grave of Adolphe Nourrit at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)


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Published: 30 Jan 2018
Last update: 10 Apr 2022