V2456. XAVIER DEPRAZ, w.Etcheverry, de Froment, Rosenthal, Fournet, Tzipine, Gressier, Alpress, Laforge & Bruck Cond.: Arias & Duets (w.Scharley, Bianco & Mars) from Zauberflöte, Entführung, Barbiere, Le Compte d'Ory, La Damnation de Faust, Don Quichotte, Grisélidis, Faust, Mignon, Le Songe d'une nuit d'été, Une Éducation manquée, Lakmé, Eugen Onégin, La Boheme, Simon Boccanegra & Don Carlos. (France) Malibran 781, Live Performances, 1955-64.
“...the French bass Xavier Depraz had a warm basso cantante voice which darkened a little in its bottom register, opening out into a lower extension quite unusual for its type, enabling him to sing Mozart's bass roles convincingly....He is a touching Don Quichotte, a role he could have been born to sing....Nilakantha's stanzas from LAKMÉ are beautiful."
- Tully Potter, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2016
“Xavier Depraz entered the Paris Conservatory in 1947 studying under Fernand Francell for singing, Louis Musy for stage and René Simon for the theater. In 1951 he participated in operatic creations at the Opéra in Mulhouse and Nancy, two works composed by Marcel Landowski, and in concert version of Prokofiev’s THE FIREY ANGEL. He appeared in Béla Bartók’s BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE, plus RIGOLETTO, DON GIOVANNI, DON QUIXOTE and THAÏS. Late in his life he began a prolific dramatic artist career, first on television, for which he notably played the role of Ursus in THE MAN WHO LAUGHS for Jean Kerchbron then to the big screen. Very large, dry, emaciated face, deep timbre, he alternated effectively in military roles, as clergeymen as well as crooks. He was professor of opera at the Paris Conservatoire in 1973.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron