V2639. PAUL FINEL: Arias from La Damnation de Faust, Werther, Hérodiade, La Juive, Sigurd, Polyeucte, Tosca, Le Cid, La Reine de Saba, Aida, Andrea Chénier, Turandot, Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Carmen, Pagliacci, Lohengrin & Siegfried; Duets w.Claude Bergeret & Suzanne Sarroca. (France) Malibran 830. - 7600003778387
“In 1956, following a withdrawal from Raoul Jobin, for whom Paul Finel was the ‘cover’, he performed LA DAMNATION DE FAUST for the Jeunesses musicales de France. He caused such a sensation that PARIS MATCH devoted an article to him under the title ‘A great tenor to us is born’. But that period presented very tough tenorial competition since the Cannes 1954 competition revealed Poncet, Vanzo, Botiaux, Gardes and Chauvet while Nicolaï Gedda, Giuseppe di Stefano, Mario del Monaco and Wolfang Windgassen made their debuts at Garnier the same year. ‘Here finally is a tenor who gives the impression of understanding his text and pronounces it intelligently’ wrote OPÉRA , Jan., 1967. In this same year 1967, he triumphed as Andrea Chénier in Strasbourg which earned him praise from Jacques Lonchampt in LE MONDE. In his dictionary of singers at the Paris Opéra, Jean Gourret rightly praises ‘his warm and colorful timbre, his perfect diction and his very pure style’."
- ODB-Opéra, 19 Aug., 2020