V0975. PAUL HENRI VERGNES: Arias from Carmen, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Lakmé, Faust, Roméo, Mireille, Le Roi d’Ys, Manon, Tosca, Rigoletto & Aïda; FRANCIS BANULS: Arias from Lakmé, Manon, Werther & Rigoletto; GEORGES GENIN: Arias from L’Africaine, Carmen & Aïda. (France) Malibran 621. - 3760003776216
“Vergnes was discovered by the patron Castellan de Beauxhoste and studied singing from 1924 to 1928 at the the Paris Conservatoire. In 1928 he made his début at the Paris Grand Opéra. In 1929 he sang Iopas in a Berlioz’s LES TROYENS. From 1933 he also belonged to the ensemble of the Opéra-Comique, where as a beginning role he appeared in the title role of LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN. In this role he also had a huge success in Amsterdam under Pierre Monteux in 1932. At the Opéra-Comique he performed in 1938 in the premiere of Milhaud’s ESTHER DE CARPENTRAS. Later he worked as a vocal pedagogue in Paris.
Banuls made his début at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 2 July, 1927. Banuls frequently appeared in provincial opera houses and had a successful career appearing as Rodolfo, Hoffmann, Don José, Gérald in LAKMÉ, Pinkerton, Werther, Cavaradossi and Wilhelm Meister in MIGNON.
Genin was trained in Lyon and was engaged after the first appearance there in 1924 by the Opéra-Comique in Paris. He débuted here as Hadji in Delibes’ LAKMÉ. After appearing as comprimario he was engaged in 1925 by the Paris Grand Opéra where he remined until 1950. Here he appeared from 1931 in principal roles. Also at the Opéra-Comique he took over principal roles like Daniel in Adam’s LE CHALET, Werther, Rodolfo, Don José, Des Grieux and Vincent in MIREILLE. He gave guest performances at the Opera Houses of Monte Carlo and Antwerp. From 1954 to 1970 he worked as a pedagogue at the conservatoire of Metz.”
- Ashot Arkelyan