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Pernet André
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After serving as an officer in the French army in World War I, he studied in Jura, then let his voice develop. He was a student at the Conservatoire National de Paris of André Gresse amongst others. He debuted in 1921 at the Nice Opera as Vitellius in Hérodiade by Massenet. For the next seven years he was heard on French provincial stages including Cannes, Strasbourg, Deauville, Toulouse, and Geneva. He was first asked to perform at the Paris Grand Opéra in 1928. He soon became one of the most significant French singers in his vocal category. He premieres at the Grand Opéra included Ibert's Persée et Andromède on 15 May 151929, Reynaldo Hahn's Le marchand de Venise (as Shylock) on 21 March 1935, George Enesco's Oedipe on 10 March 1936, Darius Milhaud's Maximilien on 5 January 1932, Canteloube's Vercingétorix on 22 June 1933, and Roland et le mauvais garçon by Henri Rabaud on 28 May 1934. In 1931 he left the Grand Opéra for a season because of arguments with management over his fees and sang only at the Opéra-Comique that season. Massenet's Don Quichotte, Mephisto in Gounod's Faust, Boris Godunov, and Don Giovanni were his great roles. André Pernet made acclaimed guest appearances in Amsterdam (Les contes d'Hoffman in 1932 under Pierre Monteux), Brussels, London, Monte Carlo, and North America. He sang the role of the father in a film of Charpentier's Louise for which he was partnered with Grace Moore and Georges Thill and conducted by the composer himself. He was a member of the Paris Grand Opéra and Opéra-Comique until 1948. After 1949, he lived in Paris; he eventually became completely paralyzed. His voice can be heard on Odeon and HMV. He participated in recordings of abbreviated versions of Louise as well as Contes d'Hoffman for Columbia.

 

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