born on 14/8/1904 in Oloron Sainte Marie, France
died on 9/3/1990 in Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Links www.answers.com (English)
Martial Singher (August 14, 1904 - March 9, 1990) was a French baritone opera singer born in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Pyrénées-Atlantiques.
Initially singing only as a hobby, he was encouraged by then French education minister Édouard Herriot to pursue singing professionally. He would go on to perform in the Opéra National de Paris, New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera.
He recorded an outstanding Méphistophelès under Charles Munch in the 3-LP RCA recording of Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust c. 1954 with the Boston Symphony and exquisite lyric soprano Suzanne Danco as Marguérite.
Later in his life, he became an accomplished music teacher at Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, influencing the careers of such artists as James King, Donald Gramm, Jeannine Altmeyer, Benita Valente, John Reardon, Louis Quilico, Jean-François Lapointe and Judith Blegen. Martial Singher has also been the teacher of world-famous baritones such as Thomas Hampson and Rodney Gilfry.
His son, Michel Singher, is an accomplished conductor.
- Martial Singher. Retrieved on 2007-03-15.