V2581. CHARLES RICHARD: Le temps des cerises (Jean-Baptiste Clément); Arias from Lakmé, Manon, Mignon, Werther, Mireille, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Rigoletto, Tosca & La Boheme; CHARLES RICHARD & ODETTE TURBA-RABIER: Lakmé - D'ou viens-tu...C'est le dieu de la jeunesse. (France) Malibran AMR 170.
"The child of American parents, Charles Richard grew up in England and after brief voice training began singing in France. He then turned to operetta and eventually moved into opera at the end of the 1930's. He appeared in various houses in the French provinces, sang from 1943 to 1945 at the Opéra in Marseille and in 1945 was invited to the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where his debut was as des Grieux in Massenet's MANON. He remained one of the leading tenors in the house until 1956, specializing in the French and Italian repertoire including Vincent in MIREILLE, Wilhelm Meister in MIGNON, Gérald in LAKME, etc. He continued to make guest appearances, including the Opéra at Monte Carlo in 1947 (as Nicias in Massenet's THAIS), in 1950-51 at the Theattre de la Monnaie in Brussels, and also in the major houses in the French provinces. He frequently took part in opera productions on French radio."
- Ashot Arkelyan
“The French soprano, Odette Turba-Rabier, made her debut in 1936, then undertook coloratura soprano roles at both the Opéra Comique and the Grand Opéra in Paris (where her first appearance in 1945 was as Gilda in RIGOLETTO). Her career was almost exclusively in the French capital; she made only rare guest appearances in the provinces. Among her major roles were the Queen of the Night in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, the title roles in LAKMÉ and MIREILLE, Marzellina in FIDELIO and both Konstanze and Blonde in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL. In 1942 she took part in the première of the opera GINEVRA by Delannoy at the Opéra-Comique, and in 1944 in the première of LA GAGEURE IMPRÉVUE by Henri Sauguet.”
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