OP3211. LA POUPÉE, recorded 1955, w. Benedetti Cond. Geneviève Pernet, Blanche Delimoges, Joseph Peyron, Willy Clément, Linda Felder, etc.; LA MASCOTTE, recorded 1953, w. Gressier Cond. Nadine Renaux, Michel Dens, Claude Devos, Liliane Berton, Linda Felder, etc. (both Audran). [Another irresistible charmer!] (France) 2-Malibran 806. - 7600003778062
"LA POUPÉE (The Doll) is an opéra comique in a prelude and three acts composed by Edmond Audran with a libretto by Maurice Ordonneau. It opened at the Théâtre de la Gaîté, Montparnasse, Paris on 21 October 1896. Along with MISS HELYETT (1890) LA POUPÉE was one of Audran's late successes. The libretto was based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's DER SANDMANN.
LA MASCOTTE (The Mascot) is an opéra comique by Edmond Audran. The French libretto was by Alfred Duru and Henri Charles Chivot. The story concerns a farm girl who is believed to bring good luck to whoever possesses her, so long as she remains a virgin. The title as translated into English initiated the use of the word ‘mascot’ in the English language to mean an animal, human, or thing which brings luck.
It was first performed at the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens in Paris on 29 December 1880. It was very popular and 1,000 performances were given in just five years. It was revived at the Bouffes Parisiens in 1883 and 1889 and produced at other Paris theatres up until the 1930s and again in 1944; a film was made in 1935 with Germaine Roger, Lucien Baroux, Lestelly and Dranem. It was translated into English and staged."
“After the Second World War, Michel Dens began a very successful career at the Opéra-Comique and the Palais Garnier in Paris. His début rôle at the Opéra in 1947 was in the title rôle of Rigoletto. He appeared with success at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and at most of the great Opera Houses of France. He also appeared in Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, North Africa. He enjoyed a remarkably long and successful career, singing in opera as late as 1979, and also scoring magnificent success in French and Viennese operettas, notably in Lehár's THE LAND OF SMILES and THE MERRY WIDOW. With his well trained and expressive baritone voice, Dens was a tireless and amazingly consistent performer (singing Sou-Chong in THE LAND OF SMILES 250 consecutive nights during the 1951-52 season). He sang an estimated 10,000 performances during his long career.”
-Zillah D. Akron