Otello  (Santi;  Guy Chauvet, Jeannette Pilou, Franco Bordoni)   (Malibran AMR 145)
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Otello  (Santi;  Guy Chauvet, Jeannette Pilou, Franco Bordoni)   (Malibran AMR 145)
OP3220. OTELLO (in Italian) - Excerpts, undated Live Performance, Napoli, w.Nello Santi Cond. Napoli Ensemble; Guy Chauvet, Jeannette Pilou, Franco Bordoni, etc. [Albeit that two of the superb protagonists are French, this stunning performance is actually sung in Italian. Chauvet is a wonderful Otello, remembered at the Met 1977-81, and Pilou returns us to cherished memories of her Met Opera years, 1967-83.] (France) Malibran AMR 145. [AMR titles are issued without rear tray-cards]


"French tenor Guy Chauvet was co-winner of a tenor competition in Cannes, along with Alain Vanzo, Gustave Botiaux, Tony Poncet, and Roger Gardes - a pretty impressive assemblage of talent! Chauvet made his Paris Opéra debut in 1959, starting with comprimario parts, finally advancing to lead roles. He soon established himself as an important presence, both in France and, ultimately, in many of the world's other major opera houses. He sang numerous roles in the French and Italian repertoire, and became particularly well-known for such heroic parts as Aeneas and Samson.

Guy Chauvet was without question a talented singer, and one who filled a pressing need during a time when the grand tradition of the French heroic tenor was in decline. Typical of this singer's work in general, the diction is idiomatic and crystal-clear. The sweetness of the young Chauvet's timbre is something to savor. In addition, Chauvet displays all of the other qualities that are the heart and soul of great French tenor singing - a seamless legato, a masterful application of the mixed voice, and an ideal balance between elegance and passion. And if all of these attributes inspire comparison to Chauvet's great predecessor, Georges Thill, the singing on this disc justifies such comparisons. We hear some absolutely first-rate French tenor singing. Highly recommended."

- K. M., classicalcdreview, Sept., 200

"Guy Chauvet was the youngest of what Jean Giraudeau (a noted tenor himself) and Jean Gourret in their comprehensive book LES PRESTIGIEUX TÉNORS DE L'OPÉRA DE PARIS termed 'La Dernier Vague' (The Last Wave). They were aware of the gradual decline in the number of fine tenors that used to dominate the French operatic scene during the first half of the 20th century.[Chauvet is] a remarkable tenor talent."

- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2014

"Pilou's instrument is a true lyric soprano, slender in circumference but capable of colors both dulcet and bracing. At its quietest, the voice is delectably limpid at the full, which she employs sparingly, it is enhanced by an attrative metallic hue - full of illuminating musical and dramatic touches on her part."

- Paul Jackson, START-UP AT THE NEW MET, pp.106-107

"Jeannette Pilou began her vocal training in Egypt and continued in Italy under Carla Castellani. Her made her debut at Teatro Smeraldo di Milano as Violetta in LA TRAVIATA (1959). Her international career unfolded quickly. Her repertoire covered a wide range of lyric and dramatic soprano roles in Italian and French operas. In 1964 she interpreted Mimi in LA BOHEME at the Vienna State Opera. Appearances ensued in major European and American opera houses: London, Brussels, Milan, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Hannover, Cologne, Genoa, Budapest, Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Philadelphia, Buenos Aires. In addition, she made acclaimed appearance at the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden and the Arena di Verona Festival. Beginning with the role of Juliette, she sang the following roles at the Metropolitan Opera in New York over the years 1967-86: Susanna [LE NOZZE DI FIGARO], Mélisande [PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE], Nedda [PAGLIACCI], Micaela [CARMEN], Marguerite [FAUST] and Mimi [LA BOHEME]. She sang the leading role in the world premiere of Renzo Rosselini's opera LA REINE MORTE (Monte Carlo, 1973). She also interpreted Marzelline [FIDELIO], Nannetta [FALSTAFF] and the title roles in Massenet's MANON and Puccini's MANON LESCAUT. During the years 1969-1985, she participated regularly in GNO productions at Olympia Theater and the Athens Festival, performing acclaimed interpretations of Liu [TURANDOT], Susanna [LE NOZZE DI FIGARO], Cio-Cio-San [MADAMA BUTTERFLY], Donna Elvira [DON GIOVANNI], Desdemona [OTELLO] and Marguerite [FAUST]. In 1998 she interpreted the leading role in the Greek premiere of PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE at the Athens Concert Hall."

- Greek National Opera