OP3165. FAUST, Broadcast Performance, 1 Jan., 1955, w.Fourestier Cond. l'Opéra Ensemble; Georges Noré, Jacqueline Brumaire, Raphaël Arié, Robert Massard, Liliane Berton, Geneviève Serres & Charles Soix, accompanied by broadcast commentary. (France) 2-Malibran 788. - 7600003777881
"Georges Noré was a French tenor unjustly forgotten today, even though Sir Thomas Beecham choose him for the title role of FAUST, recorded in 1947. Although seen as the successor to Thill, in 1960 he took a somewhat premature retirement.”
- Laurent Bury, Opéraforum.com, 21 December, 2015
“To hear these native-born artists declaiming in their own tongue is pleasure enough in itself, but as they are all masters of their roles, the delight in hearing them is the greater. Noré’s refined, plaintive timbre allied to his sense of style makes his entire contribution above reproach."
- Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE, Sept., 2001
“Raphaël Arié was never as well known as his two great compatriots Nicolai Ghiaurov and Boris Christoff, but he is the third in the trinity of great Bulgarian basses. Born in Sofia he studied with the important pedagogue Christo Brambarov who guided his pupil’s career with care and caution. He won the Geneva singing competition in 1946, continuing studies in Italy with stellar figures such as Stracciari and Granforte and soon made a name for himself in Prokofiev, in BORIS and DON GIOVANNI. He performed widely in Italy and France in particular – though in 1953 he was chosen as the Commendatore for a Salzburg Festival performance under Furtwängler – even if he made Rome his base."
- Jonathan Woolf
“Massard made his professional début at the Paris Opéra in 1952, as the High Priest in SAMSON ET DALILA, shorthly followed by Valentin in FAUST. The same year, he also made his début at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, as Thoas in IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE. His career rapidly took an international dimension with débuts in 1955, at La Scala and the Glyndebourne Festival, both as Ramiro in L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE. Oreste in IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE was his début role at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Edinburgh Festival. Massard also appeared in North and South America, notably at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, at Carnegie Hall and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Henceforth considered one of the best French baritones of his generation, he was internationally acclaimed as Valentin in FAUST, Escamillo in CARMEN, Fieramosca in BENVENUTO CELLINI, and Golaud in PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE.”
- Ned Ludd