De Reszke, Edouard

1855-

Edouard, the younger of the two De Reszke brothers, has become, since his debut as a singer, almost as renowned as his brother Jean. His repertory of operas is said to include sixty. He was intended by his parents for an agriculturist, and it was due to his brother Jean that he was able to prosecute his musical studies in Milan for four years, where his teachers were Signori Steller and Alba and afterwards Coletti at Naples. Later, under the guidance of his brother, and after a period of study under his brother's teacher, Sbriglia, he made his debut in Aida at the Italian Opera, Paris, in 1876, when Verdi himself directed the first three performances. Edouard then sang in Le Roi de Lahore, by Massenet, at La Scala,  Milan and soon began to be heard in other cities of Europe, where the fame of his brother and himself had spread. For six years he was first basso of the Opera, Paris, and he has been heard frequently in the United States. His career has been closely identified with that of his brother's from the beginning. Unlike most famous singers, the brothers were never heard at private musicales or entertainments and no money could ever tempt them. Once and only once Edouard broke the rule and was treated as a paid performer, not as a guest, and was so chagrined that he never again could be induced to sing outside a theatre. He has not been heard in America for many years. Edouard De Reszke was given the same honor that his brother had, when in 1890 he was given the insignia of the Royal Victoria order by Her Majesty, the late Queen Victoria, after a performance of Faust at Windsor.