V0465. JEAN MARNY: Songs by Hahn, Goublier, Derewsky & Wenzel; Arias & Duets (w.Gall, Féraldy, Baugé, Heldy & Vallin) from La Rôtisserie de la Reine Pédauque, Werther, Fortunio, Carmen, Lakmé, Le Roi d’Ys, Roméo, Mireille, Jocelyn & Manon. (France) Malibran 166, recorded 1919-28. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 3760003771662
"On 9 August 1917, Marny had made his Opéra-Comique debut in the title role in Werther. He remained at this theater for a number of years….During the 1920 season he also sang Gérald in LAKMÉ with Yvonne Brothier as the heroine and Henri Albers as NILAKANTHA (7 February). He then performed the role of Des Grieux in MANON at a special matinee performance on 16 February with Hilde Roosevelt. During the same year (12 March) he sang in TOSCA with Raymonde Visconti and Albers, and on the 17th WERTHER with Alice Raveau. About a month earlier he had sung the role of Werther in the Théâtre Municipal in Rennes.
Marny (who also sang in Ghent from 1923 to 1924) performed other roles at the Opéra-Comique….According to most reports, Marny was a fine actor and was one of the greatest Werthers of his era. His voice, like that of Friant, was the type that the French call a ténor démi-caractère, a cross between a lyric and a dramatic tenor, which encompasses the roles listed above.
When in 1945 Marny retired as a singer he was appointed Artistic Director of the Opéra in Marseille, where he served through 1949. His daughter, who was likewise a singer, married the noted French conductor Georges Prêtre, who conducted in Marseille.
Marny’s most interesting records were made for Pathé, including the first complete MANON (1923). He made a recording of his creation from LA RÔTISSERIE DE LA REINE PEDAUQUE: the ‘Rêverie de Jacques’.”
- Lewis Morris Hall