Samson et Dalila   (Fourestier;  Raoul Jobin, Denise Scharley, Rene Bianco, Henri Mrdus, Froumenty)    (2-Malibran 789)
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Samson et Dalila   (Fourestier;  Raoul Jobin, Denise Scharley, Rene Bianco, Henri Mrdus, Froumenty)    (2-Malibran 789)
OP3181. SAMSON ET DALILA, Live Performance, 30 Jan., 1956, Palais Garnier, w. Fourestier Cond. l'Op�ra Ensemble; Raoul Jobin, Denise Scharley, Ren� Bianco, Henri M�dus, Pierre Froumenty, etc.; DENISE SCHARLEY & REN� BIANCO: SAMSON ET DALILA - Excerpts, 1960 & 1956. (France) 2-Malibran 789. - 7600003777898


Raoul Jobin, the leading French Canadian tenor of the 1930s and 1940s, studied in his native Qubec and then at the Paris Conservatoire, making both his concert and Paris Opra dbuts in 1930. After a spell back in Canada, he returned to the Opra in 1934 and was a valued member of the company thereafter. He made his Covent Garden dbut in 1937 and from 1940 to 1950 was regularly engaged at the Metropolitan in New York, also singing with other companies in North and South America. He sang at the Opra-Comique from 1946. Although he was best known in the French repertoire, Jobin also appeared with success in Italian rles and the lighter Wagnerian parts. He taught singing in Montral from 1957 and made his final stage appearance the following year. His exciting voice can be heard on many recordings.

- Tully Potter

"Denise Scharley was a French contralto who dbuted at the Opra-Comique on 29 November, 1942, in the role of Genevive in PELLAS ET MLISANDE, and then at the Paris Opra, 23 Nov., 1953, as Maddalena in RIGOLETTO. On 21 June, 1957, she created the role of the Prioress in Poulencs DIALOGUES DES CARMLITES. Denise Scharley occupied a place in the forefront of French singers. Two key roles, however, have particularly distinguished her: that of Madame de Croissy, First Prioress (DIALOGUES DES CARMLITES) and Mme Flora in Menottis THE MEDIUM. In 1951 she appeared as Carmen at the Monnaie in Brussels. She is particularly remembered for performances of SAMSON ET DALILA at the Palais Garnier in 1960. With Crespin and Gorr, she was one of the Norns in GTTERDMMERUNG, Fricka in DIE WALKRE and Erda in SIEGFRIED in 1958, under Knappertsbusch. In Webers OBERON she became Puck, under the baton of Andr Cluytens (1954), and young David, at the stage presentation of Arthur Honegger's KING DAVID in October 1960. In 1972, she again sang Madame de Croissy in the new production of DIALOGUES DES CARMLITES. In Geneva, she also had the opportunity to perform the Russian repertoire in PIQUE DAME and KHOVANSHCHINA.

Raoul Jobin made his dbut at the Paris Opra on 3 July, 1930, as Tybalt in ROMO ET JULIETTE. He quickly sang principal tenor rles at both the Opra and the Opra-Comique, as well as in many cities throughout France, Lyons, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseilles, etc. He sang mainly the French repertoire, with occasional incursions into the Italian repertoire. With the outbreak of the war, he returned to North America. He made his dbut at the Metropolitan Opera on 19 February, 1940, as des Grieux in MANON. He remained with the company until 1950, where he sang many rles alongside such singers as Lily Pons, Bidu Sayao, Licia Albanese, Ris Stevens, under conductors such as Wilfrid Pelletier and Thomas Beecham. He made regular appearances in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, etc., also appearing in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires. After WW II, he returned to Paris in 1947, where he successfully sang his first major Wagnerian rle, Lohengrin, earning him the nickname Monsieur Lohengrin. He later sang the role of Walther in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NRNBERG with equal success. He also created the rle of Fabrice Del Dongo in LA CHARTREUSE DE PARME by Henri Sauguet. Subsequently, Jobin divided his time largely between Europe and America, maintaining his high standard in his accustomed rles while adding new ones, until his retirement from the stage in 1958.

Ren Bianco was a French baritone whose career began in 1942 in the major theaters of North Africa (Algiers, Tunis, Oran, etc.), then continued in France. From 1950, he regularly performed at the Opra de Paris especially the works of Verdi, Gounod and Bizet . He then retired to teaching in the 1990s."

- Z. D. Akron