V0971. MARTIAL SINGHER, w.Reynaldo Hahn, Piero Coppola, Abravanel & Breisach Cond.: Trois Ballades de François Villon (Debussy); Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (Ravel); Arias from Amadis, Richard Coeur de Lion, La Damnation de Faust, Roméo, Hamlet, Hérodiade, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Carmen, Le Marchand de Venise, Lohengrin & Parsifal. (Austria) Preiser 89635, recorded 1933-45. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281896351
"Martial Singher, a French baritone, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1943. He made his debut at the Paris OpÃ©ra in 1930 and soon became a principal baritone with the company. After 11 seasons with the Paris OpÃ©ra he enjoyed many guest appearances in Europe and South America. In more than 100 opera roles and in recitals with leading orchestras, he eschewed showmanship and histrionics and stressed smoothness, subtlety and clarity. He was particularly celebrated for the lean, elegant phrasing of his native French repertory.
Of his Met debut as Dapertutto in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN, Virgil Thomson in THE NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE reported Mr. Singher 'gave a stage performance of incomparable elegance and did a piece of singing that for perfection of vocal style had not been equaled since Kirsten Flagstad went away'.
Several weeks later at the Met Singher sang his first PellÃ©as. Mr. Thomson found him 'the glory of the evening, vocally impeccable and dramatically superb'. Olin Downes of THE NEW YORK TIMES hailed the baritone as 'a fine and experienced artist, an authoritative actor, one firmly grounded in the traditions of his language and stage action and a potent element of the occasion'.
The baritone remained with the Met until 1959, when a severe heart disorder forced him to shift to teaching. He taught at the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and, as director of the voice and opera department, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara (1962 to 1981), where he also produced operas. He was also an artist in residence at University of California at Santa Barbara."
- Peter B. Flint, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 12 March, 1990