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Cambon Charles
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He began studies at the Conservatory of Toulouse, then the National Conservatory of Paris. Starting in 1923, he was a chorister at the Grand Opéra of Paris and sang there in the following years a multitude of small roles. From 1930 until his retirement in 19853, he appeared at the Grand Opéra in the great heroic baritone roles: Rigoletto, Amonasro, the Flying Dutchman (1940), Valentin, the High Priest in Samson et Dalila, Silvio in Pagliacci, Hérode in Massenet's Hérodiade and as the Bishop in his Esclarmonde. However, he continued to appear in smaller rôles including Orestes in the premier of Strauss' Elektra in 1932 and Altoum in the premiere of Puccini's Turandot in 1928. In 1924 he sang in the world premiere of Charles-Marie Widor's opera Nerto; in 1936 in that of Georges Enescu's opera Oedipe. In 1942 at the Grand Opéra, he took part in the first French performance of Hans Pfitzner's Palestrina. He completed a lengthy guest engagement at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona and in 1937 he made a guest appearance at London's Covent Garden. He was frequently to be found on the French provincial stages, and often appeared in such French provincial houses as Nice. At the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1945 he sang for the only time Zurga in Bizet's Pecheurs des perles. He became well-known in France for his his appearances in radio opera performances. On these he was heard as (among other roles) Iago in Verdi's Otello, as Hamlet in Thomas' opera of the same name, as Count di Luna in Trovatore and as Athanaël in Massenet's Thaïs. Recordings: As early as 1929 he sang a small role in a scene from Boris Godunov on Columbia, , later on Polydor (an abridged Faust) and on HMV (duets with José Luccioni); in the LP era, he took part in complete operas on Pathé (Abimelech in Samson et Dalila), Columbia (Schlemihl in Les contes d'Hoffmann), Decca (Roméo et Juliette by Gounod) und EJS (Hérodiade of Massenet).

 

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