Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame  (Charles Burles, Etienne Arnaud, Adrien Legros)  (Malibran AMR 155)
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Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame  (Charles Burles, Etienne Arnaud, Adrien Legros)  (Malibran AMR 155)
OP3251. LE JONGLEUR DE NOTRE-DAME (Massenet), Live Performance, w.Debels Cond. Charles Burles, Etienne Arnaud, Adrien Legros, etc. (France) Malibran AMR 155. Final Copy!


“Charles Burles is a French lyric tenor, primarily associated with the French repertory, both opera and operetta. Burles was born in Marseille, France,where he studied voice with Leon Cazauran. He made his stage debut in 1958, in Toulon. The following year he appeared at the Opera de Marseille, as Almaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA.

In the ensuing years he sang mainly in Marseille, expanding his repertory with a few guest appearances in Lyon, Turin, and Venice. He made his debut at the Opéra-Comique in 1970, and at the Paris Opéra in 1971. His roles at these two houses included: Lindoro, Nemorino, Ernesto, George Brown, Chapelou, Vincent, Nadir, Gerard, Tonio, Arturo, etc. He also sang in several Jacques Offenbach operettas, and appeared in Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, and Israel.

A stylish singer, with a light and attractive voice, he can be heard on several recordings of French opera and operetta released by EMI France, the most famous being LAKME, often partnering Mady Mesple under Alain Lombard in 1970, in which he sings the role of Gerald. He also recorded the small role of Hadji in the same opera, opposite Natalie Dessay in 1998.

Burles is still active today teaching and performing.”

- Wikipedia

"LE JONGLEUR DE NOTRE-DAME is a three-act opera (labelled in the programme as Miracle in Three Acts) by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Maurice Lena. It was first performed at the Opéra Garnier in Monte Carlo on 18 February 1902. It is based on the story of the same name by Anatole France in his collection L'Etui de nacre, which was in turn based on a 13th-century medieval legend by Gautier de Coincy, c. 1220. The role of Jean the juggler was popularised in the United States by the famous soprano, Mary Garden which, according to some sources, horrified composer Massenet, who meant the role for a tenor. Garden's undertaking of the role was in the tradition of actresses of that era playing Peter Pan.

The opera was popular in the early part of the twentieth century, due partly to Mary Garden's appearances in it, but it soon disappeared from the world's stages, as did many of Massenet's other operas. Up to the early 1950s however, it received 356 performances at the Opera-Comique in Paris."

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