OP0440. THAÏS Excerpts, w.Emma Luart, Roger Bourdin, Marcel Journet, Marise Beaujon, Fanny Heldy, Mireille Berthon, André Pernet, etc. (France) Malibran 530. - 3760003775301
"Emma Luart was a Belgian operatic soprano whose official stage début was at The Hague in 1914. Her début in Brussels was in 1918 where she excelled in lyric soprano roles where she sang for seven years - as Louise, Mélisande and Manon. She spent the remainder of her career as a member of the Opéra-Comique in Paris where she débuted 8 July, 1922 as Lakmé. She remained an important principal through 1940. She left many beautiful recordings."
- Richard T. Soper, BELGIAN OPERA HOUSES AND SINGERS
Roger Bourdin studied at the Paris Conservatory, where he was a pupil of André Gresse and Jacques Isnardon. He made his professional début at the Opéra-Comique in 1922, as Lescaut in MANON. His début at the Palais Garnier took place in 1942, in Henri Rabaud's MÂROUF, SAVETIER DU CAIRE. The major part of his career was to be spent between these two theatres, where he created some 30 roles. Bourdin seldom performed outside France, but did a few guest appearances at the Royal Opera House in London, La Scala in Milan, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He also sang in the first performance of surviving fragments of Chabrier's VAUCOCHARD ET FILS IER on 22 April 1941 at the Salle du Conservatoire with Germaine Cernay, conducted by Roger Désormière.
His most memorable roles were: Clavaroche in André Messager's FORTUNIO, Metternich in Arthur Honegger and Jacques Ibert's L'AIGLON, Duparquet in Reynaldo Hahn's CIBOULETTE, Lheureux in Emmanuel Bondeville's MADAME BOVARY, the lead in Darius Milhaud's BOLIVAR, but also standard roles such as Valentin, Athanael, Onegin, and Sharpless. In all he sang an estimated 100 roles throughout his long career.
André Pernet was a French bass-baritone who studied at the Paris Conservatory before making his operatic début in Massenet's HÉRODIADE at Nice, in 1921. He sang at the Paris Opéra beginning in 1928. He also performed in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Monte Carlo. He is perhaps best remembered today for his role as the father in the 1939 film version of Gustave Charpentier's LOUISE, directed by Abel Gance and also featuring Grace Moore and Georges Thill. He was noted for singing the title parts in MEFISTOFELE, BORIS GODUNOV, DON GIOVANNI and DON QUICHOTTE. Among the operas in which he created roles during the premiere performances were LE MARCHAND DE VENISE (Hahn), OEDIPE (Enesco), MAXIMILIEN (Milhaud) and VERCINGÉTORIX (Canteloube). Pernet's smooth, elegant, well-produced voice can be heard on a number of recordings which he made between the two world wars.
- Ned Ludd