Bouhy, Jacques

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Bouhy, Jacques Gender: M
Jacques-Joseph-André Bouhy
born on 18 June 1848 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Pepinster, Belgium, 50n34, 5e49
Timezone LMT m5e49 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 27°21' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 17°01 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 19°10'

Jacques Bouhy (by Nadar)


Belgian baritone, most famous for being the first to sing the "Toreador Song" in the role of Escamillo in the opera Carmen.

After studying at the Liège Conservatory of Music, he made his début at the Paris Opéra as Méphistophélès (Faust) in 1871. He performed at the Opéra-Comique as Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Escamillo (Carmen) in 1875. At the Comique he also created the role of Don César de Bazan in 1872. In 1882 he appeared at Covent Garden singing in Faust and Carmen. He spent time in the United States as the first director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City before returning to Paris to sing the High Priest in Samson et Dalila (1890). He was extremely popular with audiences, and counted Massenet among his admirers.

Singers taught by him or who received instruction from him include Gervase Elwes, Clara Butt, Louise Kirkby Lunn, Suzanne Adams, Bessie Abott, Leon Rains, Eva Gauthier, Lillian Blauvelt and Louise Homer.

He died in Paris on 24 January 1929.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Grazia Bordoni database, 'entertainment' file, p. 25, quotes Gauquelin.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera (Baritone)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Music director)