V2561. ANDRÉ MALLABRERA, w.Etcheverry, Couraud, Giovaninetti, Hartemann, Blareau, Le Conte, Allpress, Killer, Laforge, Louis Martini & Paillard Cond.: Ay ay ay (Pérez Freire), Arias from Barbiere, Le Siège de Corinthe, Le Comte Ory, La Dame Blanche, La Muette de Portici, Les Dragons de Villars, Maître Pathelin, Si j'étais roi, Mireille, Le Domino noir, Grisélidis, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Une Education Manquée, Boccaccio, Frédérique, La Veuve Joyeuse, Ivan IV, Les Boréades, Cantate Domino (Monteverdi), Armide (Lully) & Orfeo (Luigi Rossi). [Highly recommended to fanciers of the ténor-légère. Mallabrera is indeed a beautiful and accomplished artist, stylistically redolent of Schipa and Fleta] (France) Malibran AMR 156. [AMR titles are issued without rear tray-cards] [After a two-year delay, this wonderful CD is finally returned to availability]
“For music lovers under sixty, Mallabrera was little more than a name, limited to comprimario roles alongside Nicolai Gedda and Victoria de Los Angeles. It is he who sings the role of Nathanaël in the Cluytens version of LES CONTES d’HOFFANN and Schmidt in Cluytens’ WERTHER. In 1974, Mallabrera performed as Nathanaël in the first production of LES CONTES d’HOFFANN to take place after World War II.
Born in Oran in 1934, André Mallabrera had notably studied singing with his own father, José Mallabrera, whose career had been cut short by health problems. He made his debut at the Opéra-Comique in December 1958 in Almaviva from BARBIERE, after which he performed many roles from the house repertoire (Vincent in MIREILLE, Wilhelm in MIGNON, Gonzalve in L'HEURE ESPAÑOL). In 1962, he was heard for the first time at the Paris Opéra, as Hylas in LES TROYENS with Régine Crespin and Guy Chauvet. André Mallabrera was also very popular in operetta. On record, in addition to THE TALES OF HOFFMANN already mentioned, we can hear him in particular in SI JÉTAIS ROI.”
- Lawrence Bury, 2 Oct., 2017