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Jean Giraudeau - A lyrical voice and a superb Character Actor.

Jean Giraudeau In The 1958 Production of Maurice Emmanuel’s Salamine – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Jean Giraudeau - A lyrical voice and a superb Character Actor.

Jean Giraudeau – A lyrical voice and a superb Character Actor.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Emmanuel – Salamine –  excerpts from Acts 1,2 and 3 – Cast and Chorus conducted by Tony Aubin – ORTF, Paris – March 29, 1958 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Excerpts from seldom performed French operas this week. Tonight, it’s the 1958 broadcast performance of excerpts from Acts 1, 2 and 3 of Salamine by the late 19th/early 20th century French composer Maurice Emmanuel.

This performance, broadcast on March 29, 1958 features tenor Jean Giraudeau, with Flore Wend, Andrè Veyssieères, Bernard Demigny, Lucien Lovano and Joseph Peyron. With the Orchestra and Chorus of the ORTF conducted by Tony Aubin.

As far as I know, there is no commercial recording of this opera – and from the looks of it, this is the only broadcast performance that seems to have survived, although there are two others, from 1967 and 1969 which may or may not have been recorded. That’s too bad since, by the sounds of it, Salamine gives the impression of a fascinating opera, and it would be great to hear a complete performance some day.

But until then . . . .

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