Denise Scharley     (Malibran 206)
Item# V2259
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Denise Scharley     (Malibran 206)
V2259. DENISE SCHARLEY, w.Etcheverry, Dervaux, Fourestier, Laforge, Lombard & Ghiglia Cond.: Arias from Carmen, Werther, Samson et Dalila, Hérodiade, Don Quichotte, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Pique Dame & The Medium (Menotti). (France) Malibran 206, recorded 1958-68. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 7600003772060


“This welcome addition to the Malibran series presents a splendid portrait of a French singer who had a distinguished 40-year stage career throughout France and neighbouring countries but who made few records….An international tribute to this great artist was long overdue, and Malibran is to be congratulated on compiling a diverse and entertaining programme which contains some of her few familiar recordings and others never previously available. The sound quality is good and the CD booklet contains a succinct but informative biography in French and English. This issue is a ‘must’ for anyone interested in French opera singers of the period, and it is strongly recommended for collectors who relish the sound of a rich contralto/mezzo-soprano voice being deployed with supreme artistry.”

- Robert Bunyard, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2016

“Denise Scharley was a French contralto who débuted at the Opéra-Comique on 29 November, 1942, in the role of Geneviève in PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE, and then at the Paris Opéra, 23 Nov., 1953, as Maddalena in RIGOLETTO. On 21 June, 1957, she created the role of the Prioress in Poulenc’s DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES. Denise Scharley occupied a place in the forefront of French singers. Two key roles, however, have particularly distinguished her: that of Madame de Croissy, First Prioress (DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES) and Mme Flora in Menotti’s THE MEDIUM. In 1951 she appeared as Carmen at the Monnaie in Brussels. She is particularly remembered for performances of SAMSON ET DALILA at the Palais Garnier in 1960. With Crespin and Gorr, she was one of the Norns in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Fricka in DIE WALKÜRE and Erda in SIEGFRIED in 1958, under Knappertsbusch. In Weber’s OBERON she became Puck, under the baton of André Cluytens (1954), and young David, at the stage presentation of Arthur Honegger's KING DAVID in October 1960. In 1972, she again sang Madame de Croissy in the new production of DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES. In Geneva, she also had the opportunity to perform the Russian repertoire in PIQUE DAME and KHOVANSHCHINA.”

- Z. D. Akron