OP1700. VÉRONIQUE - Excerpts (Messager), w.Dervaux Cond. Radio Lyrique Ensemble; Geori Boué, Geneviève Moizan, Roger Bourdin, Marcel Carpentier, etc. (France) Malibran 693. - 3760003776933
“VÉRONIQUE is an opéra comique or operetta in three acts composed by André Messager. The French libretto was by Georges Duval and Albert Vanloo. VÉRONIQUE is Messager’s most enduring operatic work and was widely performed in France, London and elsewhere in the fifty years after its premiere.
VÉRONIQUE was first performed at Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens, Paris, on 10 December 1898. Messager's most successful operetta, it was revived frequently in France during the first part of the 20th century. Revivals played at the Théâtre des Folies-Dramatiques on 30 January 1909, the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique on 1 March 1920, for which Messager composed a new waltz (with Edmée Favart, Périer and Tarriol-Baugé), and at the Théâtre Mogador on 17 April 1943 (with Suzanne Baugé, Maurice Vidal and Hélene Lavoisier), in a grand production that, according to Richard Traubner, ‘overpowered its fragility’.
VÉRONIQUE was produced in French at the Coronet Theatre in 1903. It then was given in English at the Apollo Theatre in London beginning on 18 May, 1904, where it enjoyed a run of 496 performances, and in New York opening in October 1905. The London production was produced by George Edwardes and had an English adaptation by Henry Hamilton and lyrics by Lilian Eldée, with alterations and additions by Percy Greenbank”
“French soprano Geori Boué was born on 16 October, 1918 in Toulouse and managed an exemplary career in her native country. She studied at the Music Conservatory in Touluse, taking on voice with Claude Jean, piano and harp. She made her début in Toulouse in 1938 and rose to fame singing staples of the French repertoire that include Marguerite from FAUST, Juliette from ROMÉO ET JULIETTE and Manon from Massesent’s opera of the same name. As her career progressed she expanded into other repertoire taking on Gilda in Verdi’s RIGOLETTO, Violetta in LA TRAVIATA, Mimi in LA BOHEME, Cio Cio San in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Tatiana in EUGEN ONÉGIN, Desdemona in OTELLO and Thaïs among other roles. In later years CARMEN, WERTHER and numerous operettas would enter her repertoire. She also appeared in a 1943 film entitled LA MALIBRAN.
She also managed an international career in Mexico, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and at La Scala in Milan where she appeared as Mélisande in Debussy’s PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE under the baton of Victor de Sabata. She appeared in that Debussy work alongside her husband Roger Bourdin. She died at age 98, 5 Jan., 2017.”
- David Salazar, operawire.com, 6 Jan., 2017
“Geneviève Moizan entered the Conservatoire de Paris in 1942, and upon graduation in 1946 she won first prize in the Saint Sulpice competition. She débuted at the Paris Opéra in 1949 as Marguérite in FAUST (with Noré and André Pernet), moving on to a vast repertoire. She often appeared in Monte Carlo, Geneva, Strasbourg, Brussels, Algiers, etc. It was, however, her collaboration with the ORTF which gained her the essential part of her national popularity for almost twenty-five years.
With its clear timbre, her lyric soprano was equally acclaimed in both dramatic and mezzo-soprano rôles: Werther, Sapho, Le Roi d'Ys, Mignon, Il Trovatore, etc.”
- Zillah D. Akron
"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.”
- Ned Ludd