Charles Burles

21 June 1936 Marseille – 22 August 2021 Marseille
Burles went to the opera from childhood since his father, who worked for the Marseille tram, was a music lover and amateur musician. He studied with Cazauran and made his debut in 1958 in Toulon and sang also in Oran.

The following year, he appeared at the Marseille opera for the first time (as Almaviva) – and would sing almost exclusively at that house for more than ten years to come. A few guest appearances took him to Venice, Torino, Brussels and Lyon.

In 1970, he moved to Paris, where he first sang at the Opéra-Comique, and from 1971 also at the Opéra. As a guest, he went to Gent, to Spain, to Switzerland, Israel, the Netherlands.

His repertory encompassed every style from baroque to 20th century music; he specialized in very high roles, like Chapelou, Arturo in I puritani (high F included), Tonio, Nadir, Georges Brown, Lindoro; he also sang Gérald, Nemorino, Vincent, Ernesto, and a lot of Offenbach operettas. In his later years, he switched to comprimario parts.

At the Opéra, he sang until 2002, and in Marseille until 2006; his last performances at both theaters were as Altoum.

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Charles Burles singsLa dame blanche: Ô moment plein de charmes
In RA format

Charles Burles singsLe postillon de Lonjumeau: Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire
In RA format

Charles Burles singsLes pêcheurs de perles: Je crois entendre encore
In RA format
The recordings above come from the CDMR711 2 CD set "Charles Burles live", published by Malibran-Music.
Charles Burles singsRigoletto: Qu'une belle
In RA format
I wish to thank Georges Cardol for the recording (Rigoletto).

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