V2207. MICHEL CADIOU: Arias from La Dame Blanche, Barbiere, La Favorite, Maître Pathelin, Lakmé, Fortunio, Le Médecin malgré lui, Martha, Manon, Mignon, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Roméo, Mireille, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Les Cloches de Corneville, Les Cent Vierges, Sur le flot léger & Rigoletto. (France) Malibran 205, recorded 1958-60. - 7600003772053
“Michel Cadiou was born in Paris in 1931…a pupil of Jean Clavérie and later Roger Bourdin at the Paris Conservatoire. He possessed one of the most attractive voices to be heard in a generation that saw, at the beginning of the second half of the 20th century, the flowering of a number of fine French tenors. His timbre, although light in colour, has a beautiful projection of well-schooled controlled tone. Excellent phrasing and an ability to sing softly when required, with projected high Bs and Cs, are demonstrated in his colourful version of Georges Brown’s air from LA DAME BLANCHE, and well executed florid divisions are to be heard in Almaviva’s serenade from Act I of IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. In his elegant singing of ‘Ange si pur’ from Donizetti’s LA FAVORITE we are treated to long-breathed phrasing and a well-placed, full-voice high C.”
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2013
“Michel Cadiou studied at the Conservatoire de Paris under Jean Claverie and Roger Bourdin. He débuted at the Opéra-Comique in 1958 as Vincent in MIREILLE, and at the Opéra the following year as the Italian Tenor in DER ROSENKAVALIER. He also undertook numerous tours in the province and in the Francophone countries.
In 1960 Cadiou sang in the French version of Wolf-Ferrari’s I QUATRO RUSTEGHI, in 1960 in Luigi Dallapiccola’s VOLO DI NOTTE and in 1965 Hans Werner Henze’s ELEGY FOR YOUNG LOVERS. Also in his repertoire were Almavina in BARBIERE, Wilhelm Meister in MIGNON, Gerald in LAKMÉ, Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Rodolfo in LA TRAVIATA, Arturo in LUCIA, the Duke in RIGOLETTO, Jaquino in FIDELIO, Tacmas and Valère in LES INDES GALANTS, Roméo, etc.”
- Loyal Bluto