OP2899. LA FAVORITE – Excerpts (Donizetti), recorded 1953, w.Allain Cond. Pasdeloup Ensemble; Guy Fouché, Simone Couderc, Charles Cambon, etc. (France) Malibran 766. [A remarkable example of the now lost art of French style! A superb performance in all respects.] - 7600003777669
“Simone Couderc as member of the ensemble of the Paris Opéra sang the great mezzo-soprano rôles: Amneris, Dalila, Orfeo, Kundry, Carmen , Santuzza, etc. The composer Reynaldo Hahn took notice of her and advised studying for a career. Simone Couderc then enrolled at Rouen Conservatory in the class of tenor Henri Saint-Cricq. Upon graduating, she joined the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris in the class of Ms. Cesbron-Viseur. At an audition, Tito Schipa asked her to sing with him the role of Charlotte in WERTHER, but it never came to fruition because of the outbreak of the war. During the 1944-1945 season she sang Charlotte, with José Luccioni, and Margared in LE ROI D'YS with his former teacher, Saint-Cricq, at the Opéra de Nice. Often compared to Ebe Stignani for the size and quality of her voice, Couderc sang at the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Belgium, Athens, Algiers, etc. After her retirement in 1976, she devoted herself to teaching. She was married to critic and writer Stéphane Wolff.”
“Making his début at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in 1942 in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES, Fouché went on to sing at Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Rennes , as well as continuing at Bordeaux from 1945-53. In 1953 he became first tenor at La Monnaie de Bruxelles.”
“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