Georgette Brejean-Silver   (Malibran 733)
Item# V1816
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Georgette Brejean-Silver   (Malibran 733)
V1816. GEORGETTE BRÉJEAN-SILVER: Songs by Silver, etc.; Arias from Nozze, Rigoletto, La Traviata, La Boheme, Manon, Thaïs, Lakmé, Faust, Roméo, La Belle au Bois Dormant, Fra Diavolo & Les Noces de Jeannette. (France) Malibran 733, recorded 1905-09. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 7600003777331


“Bréjean-Silver joined the Opéra-Comique in 1894, making a strong impression as Manon, which remained a favourite rôle; Jules Massenet wrote the ‘Fabliau’ (as an alternative to the gavotte in Act 3) specifically for her to sing in Brussels. She appeared as Manon and Lakmé at Monte Carlo the following season, adding Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Guillaume Tell a year later. At this time she sang under the name Bréjean-Gravière, later changing it upon her marriage to the composer Charles Silver, whose opera La Belle au Bois Dormant provided her with another leading part. She also appeared as the Fairy Godmother in the première (1899) of Massenet's Cendrillon. There is a natural, unaffected quality about much of Bréjean-Silver’s singing, and her enunciation is quite wonderfully clear in all but the highest reaches of her voice…. Her upper middle range often comes over as surprisingly powerful….First of all, her voice is almost generically French for its type – silvery, pretty, and just a bit strident above the staff. More importantly, she is a true interpreter and holds the listener’s attention throughout. French words mean something to her in the way that German ones do to Lotte Lehmann and Italian ones to Licia Albanese….Her Manon, Mimi and Marguerite are wonderfully detailed…. her ‘Je suis encore’ is something else again. Her enunciation, textual emphases, and highly flirtatious manner here are both a highly seductive rendering and a greatly pleasurable listening experience.”

- Joe Pearce, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2011