OP0660. PAGLIACCI (in French), Live Performance, 17 April, 1954, w.Albert Wolff Cond.l'Opéra-Comique Ensemble; Raoul Jobin, Geori Boué, Jean Borthayre, Robert Massard, etc.; RAOUL JOBIN: Arias from Werther, Manon, Carmen, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, L'Africaine, Roméo, Hérodiade, Tosca, Lohengrin & Siegfried. (France) 2-Malibran 590. - 3760003775905
“Raoul Jobin, the leading French Canadian tenor of the 1930s and 1940s, studied in his native Québec and then at the Paris Conservatoire, making both his concert and Paris Opéra debuts in 1930. After a spell back in Canada, he returned to the Opéra in 1934 and was a valued member of the company thereafter. He made his Covent Garden debut in 1937 and from 1940 to 1950 was regularly engaged at the Metropolitan in New York, also singing with other companies in North and South America. He sang at the Opéra-Comique from 1946. Although he was best known in the French repertoire, Jobin also appeared with success in Italian roles and the lighter Wagnerian parts. He taught singing in Montréal from 1957 and made his final stage appearance the following year. His exciting voice can be heard on many recordings.”
- Tully Potter
"Raoul Jobin made his debut at the Paris Opéra on 3 July, 1930, as Tybalt in ROMÉO ET JULIETTE. He quickly sang principal tenor roles at both the Opéra and the Opéra-Comique, as well as in many cities throughout France, Lyons, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseilles, etc. He sang mainly the French repertoire, with occasional incursions into the Italian repertoire. With the outbreak of the war, he returned to North America. He made his début at the Metropolitan Opera on 19 February, 1940, as des Grieux in MANON. He remained with the company until 1950, where he sang many roles alongside such singers as Lily Pons, Bidu Sayao, Licia Albanese, Risë Stevens, under conductors such as Wilfrid Pelletier and Thomas Beecham. He made regular appearances in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, etc., also appearing in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires. After WW II, he returned to Paris in 1947, where he successfully sang his first major Wagnerian role, Lohengrin, earning him the nickname ‘Monsieur Lohengrin’. He later sang the role of Walther in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG with equal success. He also created the role of Fabrice Del Dongo in LA CHARTREUSE DE PARME by Henri Sauguet. Subsequently, Jobin divided his time largely between Europe and America, maintaining his high standard in his accustomed roles while adding new ones, until his retirement from the stage in 1958."
- Z. D. Akron
"Géori (Georgette) Boué made her Paris debut at the Opéra-Comique in 1939, as Mimi in LA BOHEME (singing in the 1,000th performance at the Salle Favart on 3 May 1951), and other roles there included: Lakmé, Manon (singing in the 2,000th performance on 18 January 1952), and Ciboulette (first performance at the Opéra-Comique). In her Hérodiade, Louise, Gilda, Violetta, Desdemona, Tosca, Madama Butterfly,Tatiana, etc., Boué had a clear voice of considerable power, renowned for her impeccable diction, she was widely regarded as one of the greatest French sopranos of the 1940s. She was married to French baritone Roger Bourdin with whom she can be heard in two recordings, FAUST under Thomas Beecham, and THAIS. She retired from the stage in 1970, then died 5 January, 2017, at age 98."
- David Salazar, operawire.com, 6 Jan., 2017
"Jean Borthayre is proof that a French baritone can sing with great warmth, full-bodied tone, immaculate diction and fine musicality. Borthayre has it all going for him. This glorious voice is heard here in a mainly French program. This is one of the most pleasing recital discs to come my way in a very long time - grand singing at its grandest."
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, March/April, 2008
"Massard made his professional debut at the Paris Opéra in 1952, as the High Priest in SAMSON ET DALILA, shorthly followed by Valentin in FAUST. The same year, he also made his debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, as Thoas in IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE. His career rapidly took an international dimension with debuts in 1955, at La Scala and the Glyndebourne Festival, both as Ramiro in L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE. Oreste in IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE was his debut role at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Edinburgh Festival. Massard also appeared in North and South America, notably at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, at Carnegie Hall and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Henceforth considered one of the best French baritones of his generation, he was internationally acclaimed as Valentin in FAUST, Escamillo in CARMEN, Fieramosca in BENVENUTO CELLINI, and Golaud in PELLEAS ET MELISANDE."
- Ned Ludd