V1486. JEAN NOTÉ, Vol. II: Songs by Massenet, Gounod, Faure, Dupont, Hüe, Méhul, Marietti, Carman, Goublier, de Pezzer & Daneau; Arias from Benvenuto Cellini, Faust, Mireille, Hamlet, La Coupe du Roi de Thulé, Charles VI, Patrie, Lakmé, Sigurd, La Damnation de Faust, Rigoletto & Tannhäuser. (France) Malibran 706. - 3760003777060
"Noté had a huge repertoire. He was especially admired as a Wagnerian and was the first to sing several Wagner rôles in France....he recorded many obscure pieces, which the Serious Collector should welcome. Note the selections by Auber, Halévy, Saint-Saëns, Diaz de la Pena, de Lara, and Hüe....for those interested in things historical, the record is indispensable."
- David Mason Greene, FANFARE, Nov./Dec., 1996
“After studying at the Ghent Conservatory, Jean Noté made his concert début in 1883; his opera début followed in Lille in 1885. Noté sang for several years in the provinces, then won a contract with the Paris Opéra, where he made his début in the spring of 1893, in the title role of RIGOLETTO. For the next twenty-nine years, he was a versatile pillar of that company. On 31 May 1904, he sang the Comte de Luna at the Palais Garnier premiere of LE TROUVÈRE.
Noté reached Covent Garden in 1897 and sang seven major roles there. During his single season at the Metropolitan Opera, he appeared in ten consecutive Sunday concerts and twenty opera performances. His assignments included FAUST and MANON; he was Escamillo in CARMEN on the night of Maria Gay’s début, in a production that included Geraldine Farrar as Micaëla and Caruso as Don José, with Toscanini conducting. Frances Alda was the Gilda to Noté’s Rigoletto, which had Louise Homer as Maddalena and Alessandro Bonci as the Duke. He sang at the Opéra until just three weeks before his death, with the RIGOLETTO of 11 March 1922 as his last performance. He died on 1 April.”
- Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, Marston Program Notes