Joseph Ladéroute sings Songs of Christmas (7)





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Published on May 16, 2012

The French-Canadian tenor sings seven traditional Christmas songs with the RCA Victor Orchestra conducted by Ardon Cornwell. (Circa 1950).

1. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
2. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
3. The First Nowell
4. Deck the Halls
5. O Come, All Ye Faithful
6. O Little Town of Bethlehem
7. We Three Kings

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Joseph Victor Ladéroute (1913-1979) is best known (perhaps only known by most) as the Jacquino in Toscanini's recording of "Fidelio." What may not be known by many is that he was also the tenor who sang the American premiere (at Tanglewood) of Britten's "Peter Grimes" (1946) and Mozart's "Idomeneo" (1947). He was a gifted recitalist and a fine teacher.

Among the pictures included in this video are:
- Met Audition Winners of 1945 (Joseph Victor Laderoute, tenor; Thomas Tibbett Hayward, tenor; Pierrette Alarie, soprano; and Robert Merrill, baritone)
- 1944 Bach Festival in Bethlehem, PA, with Mack Harrell, bass; Joseph Victor Laderoute, tenor; Ruth Diehl, soprano; Ruth Terry, contralto; Mary Givens, accompanist; Dr. William Ifor Jones, conductor; and E. Power Biggs, organist.
- Laderoute in the title role of Britten's "Peter Grimes" at the American premiere in 1946.

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