OP0197. PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, recorded 1978, w. Baudo Cond. Lyon Ensemble; Michelle Command, Claude Dormoy, Gabriel Bacquier, Roger Soyer, Jocelyne Taillon, etc. (Germany) 3-Eurodisc 353 266, Slipcase Edition w.Elaborate Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 4007193532666
"Serge Baudo studied at the Paris Conservatoire, where he won first prize for harmony, chamber music, percussion and conducting; here his conducting teacher was Louis Fourestier. Between 1949 and 1957 Baudo played the timpani with the Lamoureux, Paris Conservatoire and Paris Opera Orchestras, under conductors such as Charles Munch, Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch. He made his conducting debut in 1950, appearing frequently in this role in Paris. Between 1962 and 1965 he was the resident conductor at the Paris Opera. Baudo's international career commenced in 1962 when, at Herbert von Karajan's invitation, he followed Karajan as the conductor of Debussy's PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at La Scala, Milan.
In 1967 the music director of the newly formed Orchestre de Paris, Charles Munch, invited Baudo to become the first conductor of the orchestra, where he stayed until 1970. Between 1969 and 1971 he served as director of music at the Lyons Opera. In the latter year he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and returned there for the next three seasons. In addition to his permanent appointments Baudo has conducted widely as a guest, throughout Europe and Russia, the Far East and Canada. He was appointed chief conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra in 2001, and also serves as the permanent guest conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. One of the finest French conductors of his generation, he is a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur and a member of the Ordre National du Maitre and of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres"
- David Patmore, A-Z of Conductors