Turp made his debut with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 5 Feb 1960 as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor opposite Joan Sutherland. He was with that company for several seasons and appeared in numerous roles including Turridu (Cavalleria Rusticana), des Grieux (Manon), Rodolfo, Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Cavaradossi, Alfredo (La Traviata), and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi). He also sang the leading tenor roles in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride, Walton's Troilus and Cressida, and Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage.
In 1961 Turp was invited to Glyndebourne, where he sang in Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers, among other works. He participated in numerous performances at the Opera and the Opéra-Comique in Paris, augmenting his usual repertoire with the leading roles in Louise and Werther. He performed in theatres in Switzerland, Portugal, and Spain. In 1963 the Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona, conferred on him a gold medal for his performance of Werther, a role he sang with great success more than 500 times in Europe and America.
In Montreal Turp sang Ferrando in Così fan tutte (1962) and Angelo in Gilbert Bécaud's Opéra d'Aran (1965). He sang Hoffmann in The Tales of Hoffmann with the COC in Toronto and Montreal in 1967 and repeated the role with the New York City Opera in 1973.
Turp sang opposite Montserrat Caballé, Régine Crespin, Rita Gorr, Victoria de los Angeles, Beverly Sills, and other operatic luminaries. In 1972 for the BBC he sang the title role in Verdi's Don Carlos, revived in French for the first time in 100 years, in company with the Canadians Édith Tremblay, Émile Belcourt, Robert Savoie, and Joseph Rouleau. 'Critics have acknowledged his noble and passionate voice, with its glorious timbre, evenly balanced in all registers' (Renée Maheux in Le Devoir, 12 Apr 1976).
In 1976 Turp was a founding member of the Mouvement d'action pour l'art lyrique du Québec. He reminisced about his career on the CBC TV program 'Propos et confidences' (28 Feb and 7 and 14 Mar 1978). In 1983 he sang his last role, Macduff in Macbeth, for the Opéra de Montréal. He taught voice at the CMM 1979-89 and served on jurys for international competitions in Toulouse and Verviers.
'Eva Turner, une rencontre inoubliable,' ibid, Winter 1990
'Sutherland et Crespin,' Aria, vol 14, Summer 1991
Author Gilles Potvin
Berlioz Roméo et Juliette. London SO, Monteux conductor, Resnik alto, Ward bass. 1962. 2-West WST-233/2-MCA MCAD-9805 (CD)
- La Damnation de Faust. London SO, Monteux conductor, Crespin soprano, Roux bar. 2-Educational Media RR-539
Cherubini Medea (selection). Columbia SO, Gamson conductor, Farrell soprano. Col MS-6032/Odyssey Y-32356
Dubois Les Sept Paroles du Christ. Duschesnau soprano, L. Quilico bar, B. Lagacé organ, Choeurs de Montreal, Renaud conductor. 1960. Apex ALF-71700
Fauré Pénélope. Welsh National Opera Chorus, BBC Welsh O, Lloyd-Jones conductor, Turp (Ulysse). 1977. 3-MFR 148-S
Music at the Canadian Pavilion: Scarlatti - Beethoven - Jeannotte Propos intimes - et al. C. Pelletier piano. 1967. CBC Expo-26
Offenbach La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein. Gamson conductor. (1975). 2-Unique Opera UROC-241
Verdi Don Carlos. BBC Concert O, Matheson conductor, Turp (Don Carlos). 1973. 4-Voce 23
- Macbeth. Royal Opera House Covent Garden O and Chorus, Pradelli conductor, Turp (Macduff). 1960. 3-Melodram 35
- Simon Boccanegra. BBC Singers, BBC Concert O, Matheson conductor, Turp (Gabriele). 1975. 3-Voce 9/2-Unique Opera UROC-293
Wolf-Ferrari I Gioielli della Madonna. BBC SO, Erede conductor, Turp (Gennaro). 1976. 2-Unique Opera UROC-315/3-MRF 138-S
Nadeau, Monic. 'André Turp se vide le coeur au sujet de la piètre situation des chanteurs d'opéra du Québec,' Télé-Radiomonde, 9 Oct 1965
Bergeron, Raymonde. 'La merveilleuse histoire d'André Turp, chanteur d'opéra,' Perspectives, vol 21, 6 Jan 1979
Routhier, Jean-Luc and Moisan, Daniel. 'André Turp: "Quand on a le feu sacré, on peut tout faire!",' Aria, vol 4, Winter 1981-2
Routhier, Claude. 'Mon ami André Turp,' Aria, vol 14, Summer 1991
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