Levasseur, Nicolas-Prosper

BORN 9 Mar 1791, Bresle, Somme - DIED 7 Dec 1871, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 25)

Nicolas-Prosper Levasseur studied at the Conservatory in Paris from 1807 to 1811. Pierre-Jean Garat was his teacher. In 1813 he debuted at the Opéra in Pairs as Osman Pacha in "La caravane du Caire" by André Grétry. From 1815 to 1817 he was engaged at the King's Theatre in London. From 1820 to 1822 he sang at La Scala in Milan.

He is best known for his performances in Rossini's operas at the Théâtre-Italien in Paris between 1819 and 1828. From 1827 to 1853 he worked for the Opéra in Paris where he sang in many premieres. From 1841 to 1870 he was a teacher at the Conservatory in Paris. He died in Paris in 1871.

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. [Nourrit, Adolphe]
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. [Meyerbeer, Giacomo][Nourrit, Adolphe][Taglioni, Marie]
23/2/1835Premiere of Fromental Halévy's "Ja Juive" at the Opera in Paris. The librett owas written by Eugène Scribe. François Habeneck was the conductor. Performers were Asolphe Nourrit, Cornélie Falcon, Julie Dorus-Gras, Niclas Levasseur and Henri-Bernard Dabadie. [Falcon, Cornélie][Halévy, Fromental][Nourrit, Adolphe][Scribe, Eugène]
29/2/1836Premiere of Meyerbeer's opera "Les Huguenots" at the Salle Le Peletier in Paris [Falcon, Cornélie][Meyerbeer, Giacomo][Nourrit, Adolphe]
5/3/1838Premiere of Fromental Halévy's "Guido et Ginevra" at the Salle Peletier in Paris. The librett owas written by Eugène Scribe. Performers included Nicolas Levasseur, Gilbert Duprez, Julie Aimée Dorus-Gras, Rosine Stolz, Ferdinand Prévôt, Eugène Massol and Maria Flécheux. It was a moderate success. [Halévy, Fromental][Scribe, Eugène]
2/12/1840Premiere of Donizetti's "La Favorite" at the Opera in Paris. The libretto was written in French by Alphonse Royer and Gustave Vaëz. Singers were Rosine Stolz, Elian, Gilbert Duprez, Paul Barroihet, Nicolas Levasseur and François Wartel. 
15/3/1843Premiere of Halévy's opera "Charles VI" at the Salle Peletier in Paris. The libretto was written by the brothers Casimir and Germain Delavigne. The performers included Gilbert Duprez, Paul Barroilhet, Nicolas Levasseur, Rosine Stoltz and Julie Dorus-Gras. [Halévy, Fromental]
29/3/1844Premiere of "Le lazzarone" by Fromental Halévy at the Paris Opera. Saint-Georges wrote the libretto. The opera was written for Rosine Stolz, the mistress of Léon Pillet the director of the Opera. Stolz performed the part of Beppo. Other performers were Paul Barroilhet, Nicolas Levasseur and Julie Dorus-Gras. [Halévy, Fromental]


The grave of Nicolas-Prosper Levasseur at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)


Charles VI (opera) - Wikipedia
Guido et Ginevra - Wikipedia
La Juive - Wikipedia
Le lazzarone - Wikipedia
Robert le diable - Wikipedia
La Favorite - Wikipédia
Les Huguenots - Wikipédia
Nicolas-Prosper Levasseur - Wikipédia
Moïse et Pharaon - Wikipedia

Lever, William Hesketh, 1st Viscount Leverhulme

Published: 27 Oct 2019
Last update: 27 Oct 2019