OP1546. LA TRAVIATA (in French), Broadcast Performance, 1948, Paris, w.Gressier Cond. Radio Lyrique Ensemble; Odette Turba-Rabier, Charles Richard, Charles Cambon, etc. (France) 2-Malibran 669. - 3760003776698
“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.”
- Bach Cantatas Website
"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
“In the firmament of model French singers, Charles Cambon figures amongst the greatest. Thanks to the good instincts of certain artistic directors, this voice of exceptional timbre, power and range has been preserved for us in all its splendour.
Charles Cambon joined the chorus at l’Opéra in 1923, making his solo début a year later in a small role in BORIS GODUNOV. He would remain thirty years in this illustrious theatre, making an impression as Amonasro, Valentin, Ottokar in DER FREISCHÜTZ, as Sylvio in PAGLIACCI and as the Dutchman. He appeared only once at l’Opéra-Comique as a memorable Zurga in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES. But it was radio and records that brought him fame. True opera-lovers never missed the broadcasts in which he starred, admiring his diction, his fearlessness, his fabulous top notes but also his sensibility and his dramatic instincts in the greatest roles; Rigoletto, Luna in IL TROVATORE, Athanaël, Iago and of course Hamlet.
Charles Cambon died in Paris on 17 September,1965. He lives on, thanks to recordings, as one of the most admired baritones of the French vocal tradition.”
- Jean Ziegler