Victor Occellier, baritone and teacher (circa 1865-1916)

Victor Occellier was born in Italy and went to France to study, beginning his operatic career there. He visited Montréal and Québec City during an 1899 tour with the Durieu-Nicosias company, performing the title role of William Tell in Rossini's opera. When the troupe disbanded in Cuba later that same year, he went to New York City, debuting with the Metropolitan Opera on January 27, 1900 in the part of Valentin in Faust. He left New York shortly thereafter and went to Montréal, where he was to become a star performer of ballads and operetta songs at Sohmer Park, from 1900 to 1906. After a farewell performance of Rigoletto in 1906 at the Monument-National, and a brief stint at the Manhattan Opera in New York, he semi-retired from performance to settle in Quebec City, where he dedicated himself to teaching.

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  • Moogk, Edward B. Roll Back the Years : history of Canadian recorded sound and its legacy : genesis to 1930. Ottawa : National Library of Canada, 1975. xii, 443 p. AMICUS 80154. Also published in French under the title: En remontant les années : l'histoire et l'héritage de l'enregistrement sonore au Canada, des débuts à 1930
  • "Occellier, Victor". Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Edited by Helmut Kallmann et al. 2nd ed. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1992. xxxii, 1524 p. AMICUS 12048560
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