Jongleur de Notre Dame   (Billot, Fugere, Soulacroix)    (Malibran 156)
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Jongleur de Notre Dame   (Billot, Fugere, Soulacroix)    (Malibran 156)
OP0005. LE JONGLEUR DE NOTRE-DAME - Excerpts (Massenet), w.Friant, Billot, Allard, Bourdin, Soulacroix, Fugère, Dupré, Vanni-Marcoux, Devriès, Journet, Maréchal, de Trévi, Couzinou & Garden. (France) Malibran 156. Final copy! - 3760003771563


“With his strong family theatrical background, becoming a dancer, training and performing as an actor with the great Sarah Bernhardt and winning an award as a singer at the Paris Conservatoire, Charles Friant occupied a special place in a long line of French tenors active in the first half of the 20th century….He not only moved extraordinarily well on stage, portraying a role with histrionic subtlety but, more importantly, sang with great taste, style and musicality. His many talents were both natural and also the result of training and, although not unique, it seems rare today to find all these gifts apparent in one tenor. He was without doubt a truly fine and important French artist…. Could any tenor have been more qualified [in JONGLEUR] than Friant, for what became one of his signature-roles? With his theatrical experience as a dancer, actor, singer and an ability to juggle he made the ideal Jean…he takes part in a long scene…here sung [with] Roger Bourdin and Pierre Dupré…while in the background one can hear the chanting of the monks.”

- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2016