Capoul, Joseph Victor Amedée

1839-

French tenor, who was born at Toulouse, and studied singing at the Paris Conservatory under Revial and comic opera under Mocker, gaining the prize, in 1861, in the latter class. In that year he made his debut as Daniel in Le Chalet by Adam, and for many years was considered one of the best tenors on the French stage. He next played in The Daughter of the Regiment. He visited America first, in 1873, as a member of the Strakosch Company, which included Annie Louise Gary, Christine Nilsson, Campanini and Maurel. He was also the chief tenor of the French Opera Bouffe Company which visited the United States in 1879. He was engaged by the managers of the Opera Comique, where he remained for several years, being considered by the Parisians as the successor of Roger, although he never equaled him. He sang with success in English in Faust and Rigoletto, and won much praise for his impersonations of Lionel in Martha and Wilhelm Meister in Mignon. He was extremely handsome in face and physique, had a pleasing voice and was also an excellent actor. His last appearance was in Godard's opera, Jocelyn, when he sang the title role in Paris in 1888. He was for some time engaged in a business capacity at the Paris Opera. During the last few years he has resided in New York, where he is a teacher of singing.