OP2675. CIBOULETTE (Hahn), Broadcast Performance, 17 Oct., 1958, w.Gressier Cond. ORTF Ensemble; Géori Boué, Roger Bourdin, Michel Hamel, Camille Maurane, Germaine Corney, Madeleine Drouot, Lucien Lovano, etc.; CIBOULETTE – Excerpts, recorded 1952, w.Cariven Cond. Géori Boué, Roger Bourdin, Raymond Amadé & Gaston Rey; Ciboulette – Excerpts, w.Liliane Berton, Louis Railland & Gabriel Bacquier. (France) 2-Malibran 757. - 7600003777577
“CIBOULETTE is a French opérette in three acts, music by Reynaldo Hahn, libretto by Robert de Flers and Francis de Croisset, first performed at the Théâtre des Variétés, in Paris, on 7 April, 1923. One of the most elegant and refined compositions of Hahn, CIBOULETTE is considered as one of the last masterpieces of French operetta.”
“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
“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.”
“Camille Maurane was a French baritone singer who studied at the Paris Conservatoire in the class of Claire Croiza from 1936 to 1939. He began his professional career as a singer in 1940 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. He débuted as the Moine musicien in LE JONGLEUR DE NOTRE DAME on 14 January 1940.
His voice was typical of the baryton-martin range (between baritone and tenor). He is famous for his interpretation of Debussy's Pelléas, for which he took part in three complete recordings. He is also regarded as one of the best interpreters of French mélodies, of which he left many recordings. His repertoire extended back to music of Rameau through to Honegger and other contemporaries. A dedicated teacher, he taught at the Paris Conservatory until 1981.”
- Ned Ludd