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Encyclopedia > Norman Treigle

Norman Treigle (né Adanelle Wilfred Treigle, on 6 March 1927; died on 16 February 1975) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the fifth and final child of a poor carpenter and his wife. Following his 1946 marriage to the former Loraine Siegel, the bass-baritone began vocal studies with the contralto Elisabeth Wood. In 1947, he made his operatic debut with the New Orleans Opera Association, as the Duke of Verona in Roméo et Juliette. Between 1949 and 1951, he attended Loyola University of the South's College of Music, while acquiring various roles with the local company. March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Nickname: The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City That Care Forgot Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area    - City 350. ... A bass-baritone is a singing voice that shares certain qualities of both the baritone and the bass. ... Roméo et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet) is an opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on the play by Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. ... Loyola University New Orleans is a private, co-educational Jesuit university in the United States with 5,900 students (3,800 undergraduates). ...


In 1953, Treigle made his New York City Opera debut, as Colline in La bohème. Three years later, the bass-baritone scored his first great success, as the tormented Reverend Olin Blitch, in the New York premiere of Floyd's Susannah. In 1958, he made his European debut in this opera, at the Brussels World's Fair. The New York City Opera (NYCO) is New York Citys second opera company (after the Metropolitan Opera). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Suannah an opera by American opera composer Carlisle Floyd (b. ... The Atomium. ...


In succeeding seasons, Treigle became the leading bass-baritone of the Americas, and was acclaimed as one of the world's greatest singing-actors, specializing in roles that evoked villainy and terror. He sang in many experimental productions and participated in several important premieres, in operas by Einem, Copland, Moore, Floyd, Orff, Dallapiccola and Ward. Perhaps his greatest roles were in Faust (as Méphistophélès), Carmen (as Escamillo), Susannah, Il prigioniero, Les contes d'Hoffmann (the four Villains), Boris Godunov and, especially, Mefistofele. Gottfried von Einem (1918–) was an Austrian composer living in Germany. ... Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer of concert and film music. ... Douglas Stuart Moore (August 10, 1893 - July 25, 1969) was an American composer, educator, and author. ... Carlisle Floyd (born 1926 in Latta, South Carolina) is an American opera composer. ... Carl Orff Carl Orff (July 10, 1895 – March 29, 1982) was a German composer, most famous for Carmina Burana (1937). ... Luigi Dallapiccola (February 3, 1904 – February 19, 1975) was an Italian composer known for his lyrical twelve-tone compositions. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Faust, Charles Gounods operatic retelling of the Faust legend, debuted at the Théatre-Lyrique on 19 March 1859. ... Poster from the 1875 premiere of Carmen Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. ... Les contes dHoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann) is an opera by Jacques Offenbach. ... Modest Mussorgsky in 1870 Boris Godunov (Russian: , Borís Godunóv) is an opera by Modest Mussorgsky. ... Mefistofele is the only completed opera by the Italian composer Arrigo Boito. ...


In the fall of 1974, Treigle made his Covent Garden debut in a new production of Faust. The following February 16th, at the age of forty-seven, the bass-baritone died suddenly at his New Orleans apartment: A chronic insomniac, it was determined that he was the victim of an accidental overdose of sleeping pills. With his first wife, he had a son (who died in 1993) and a daughter, Phyllis. He had also adopted the daughter of his second wife, from whom he was separated at the time of his death. The Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is a performing arts venue in London. ...


Phyllis Treigle is a soprano who appeared with the New Orleans Opera and the New York City Opera.

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Selected Discography of Studio Recordings

  • Copland: The Tender Land: abridged (Clements, Cassilly; Copland, 1965) Columbia
  • Handel: Giulio Cesare (Sills, Forrester; Rudel, 1967) RCA
  • Floyd: Pilgrimage: excerpts (Torkanowsky, 1971) Orion
  • Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann (Sills, Marsee, Burrows; Rudel, 1972) Westminster
  • Boito: Mefistofele (Caballé, Domingo; Rudel, 1973) EMI
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Selected Approved "Live" Recordings

  • Puccini: La bohème (Albanese, Schuh, di Stefano, Valdengo; Cellini, 1959) VAI
  • Floyd: Susannah (Curtin, Cassilly; Andersson, 1962) VAI
  • Floyd: The Sojourner and Mollie Sinclair (Neway; Rudel, 1963) VAI
  • Floyd: Markheim (Schuh; Andersson, 1966) VAI
  • Handel: Giulio Cesare: excerpts (Sills; Richter, 1968) VAI
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Selected Videography

  • Floyd: Susannah: Revival Scene [live] (Yestadt, Treigle, 1958) Bel Canto Society
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Bibliography

  • Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle, by Brian Morgan, iUniverse, 2006. ISBN 0-595-38898

 
 

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