Hugues-Adhémar Cuénod was a Swiss singer known for his performances in international opera, operetta, both traditional and musical theatre, and on the concert stage, where he was particularly known for his light, romantic and expressive interpretation of mélodie (French art song). He had an extraordinarily long career of over 64 years: he gave his first concert in 1928 and his last in 1992 when he was aged 90, hence breaking the record for the longest career as a professional vocalist. Cuénod resided with his life partner, Alfred Augustin (41 years his junior), in the Vaud region of Switzerland. They lived in Le Château de Lully, an 18th century castle that belonged to his ancestors. In June 2007, when Cuénod was 105 ("It was a logical decision at this age"), he and Augustin, who was at the time his companion for the past 25 years, entered into a civil union after changes in Swiss law gave same-sex couples many of the legal benefits of marriage. He turned 108 on June 26, 2010 and died in Vevey on the following December 6, 2010.
Timeline & Places:
June 26, 1902: born.
2000s: lived at Château de Lully, 1132 Lully, Svizzera