Roger, Gustave-Hippolyte , famous French tenor; b. La Chapelle St.-Denis, near Paris, Dec. 17, 1815; d. Paris, Sept. 12, 1879. He was a pupil of Blés Martin at the Paris Cons., making his debut as Georges in Halévy’s L’éclair at the Paris Opéra- Comique in 1838. He then was at the Paris Opéra (from 1848), where he created the role of the Prophète in Meyerbeer’s opera (1849); later toured in Germany. While he was hunting in the fall of 1859, the accidental discharge of his gun injured his right arm so severely that it had to be amputated. An artificial arm proved ineffective, and he was obliged to retire from the stage in 1861. From 1868 until his death he was a prof. of singing at the Paris Cons. He publ. his memoirs as Le Carnet d’un ténor (Paris, 1880).
A. Läget, G.-H. R.: Notice biographique (Paris, 1865).
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