OP0210. LE JONGLEUR DE NOTRE-DAME - Excerpts (Massenet), w.Charles Burles, Étienne Arnaud, Adrien Legros, André Payel, etc. (France) Malibran AMR 155. [AMR titles are issued without rear tray-cards]
"LE JONGLEUR DE NOTRE-DAME is a three-act opera (labelled in the programme as Miracle in Three Acts) by Jules Massenet. It was first performed at the Opéra Garnier in Monte Carlo on 18 February 1902. 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 Opéra-Comique in Paris."