Marcel Claudel

1900 Courcelles – 1981 Charleroi

Picture of Marcel Claudel

Picture of Marcel Claudel in le Jongleur de Notre Dame
Marcel Claudel in le Jongleur de Notre Dame
Marcel Claudel (real name Marcel Buydens) was born at Courcelles, near Charleroi in the Belgian province of Hainaut, on January 31st, 1900. While still a child, he received lessons in theory and violin from Hanse, a teacher in Roux. In 1919, Edgar Druine encouraged him to attend the classes of an exceptional teacher, Désiré Demest, at the Brussels conservatory, where he won a runner-up prize for singing in 1921. In May 1922, he was invited by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium to sing at the palace of Laeken. He took the small role of the Second Soldier in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea in a conservatory production. He was immediately spotted by Corneil de Thoran, director of La Monnaie, Brussels, who was looking out for a light tenor for the 1923/24 season. His debut took place on August 1st, 1923 in the role of Wilhelm in Mignon. During the next four seasons, Claudel was able to put his personal repertoire together: Bohème, Traviata, Hérodiade, Barbiere, and Francesca da Rimini. For the 1927/28 season, Claudel accepted a contract at Lyon. After appearing in London in Charpentier's Louise he joined the Paris Opéra-Comique in 1930. His reputation brought him invitations to perform in many places all over francophone Europe and North Africa: Algiers, Tunis, Bordeaux, Cannes, Le Touquet, Lyon, and Geneva. 1932 to 1934, he performed in Monte Carlo. He damaged his voice by trying to go into a more heroic direction. For the last 21 years of his career, 1937 to 1958, he was back at La Monnaie, but now almost exclusively as a comprimario. While still singing, Claudel became a successful stage director, and finally a long-term theater manager in Charleroi. From 1959 to 1969, Claudel also coached opera students at the Mons conservatory. He died in Charleroi on April 6th, 1981.
Marcel Claudel sings Prodaná nevěsta: Jako matka požehnáním, with Germaine Féraldy in French
In RA format

Marcel Claudel sings Mignon: Adieu, Mignon

Marcel Claudel sings Sadko: Les diamants chez nous sont innombrables
In RA format

Marcel Claudel sings Mireille: Le jour se lêve

L'incoronazione di Poppea (Secondo soldato) – Bruxelles, Conservatoire, May 1922
Mignon (Wilhelm Meister) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 2 August 1923
Francesca da Rimini (Malatestino) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 9 November 1923
Sorochinskaja jarmarka/The fair at Sorochintsi (Afanasij Ivanovich) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 12 January 1925
Un songe d'une nuit d'été (Roi de elfes, composer Vreuls) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 17 December 1925
L'enfant et les sortilèges (La théière, Le vieillard arithmétique, La rainette) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 11 February 1926
Skazka o tsare Saltane/The legend of Tsar Saltan (Old man) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 15 April 1926
Le miracle de Saint Antoine (Gustave, composer Brumagne) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 10 March 1927
Hérodiade (Jean) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
Marouf – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
Mireille (Vincent) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
La fille de Madame Angot (Ange Pitou) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
Lakmé – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
Falstaff (Fenton) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Pedrillo) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
Le jongleur de Notre Dame (Jean) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
La bohème (Rodolfo) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
La traviata (Gastone) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
La traviata (Alfredo) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (David) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1923–27
Manon – Lyon, Opéra, 1927/28
Louise – London, Covent Garden, 1928
Prodaná nevěsta (Jeník) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1928
Le roi malgré lui – Paris, Opéra-Comique
Georges Dandin (Clitandre, composer d'Ollone) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1930
Cantegril (composer Roger Ducasse) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1931
Le Sicilien (Adraste, composer Lully) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1933
Il matrimonio segreto (Paolino) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1928–37
La dame blanche (Georges Brown) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1928–37
Frasquita (Armand) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1928–37
Le juif polonais (Christian) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1928–37
Le pré aux clercs (Mergy) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1928–37
La rôtisserie de la reine Pédauque (Ménétrier) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1928–37
Les voitures versées (Armand, composer Boïeldieu) – Paris, Opéra-Comique, 1928–37
Boris Godounov (Grigorij) – Monte Carlo, Garnier, 1932–34
La périchole (Piquillo) – Monte Carlo, Garnier, 1932–34
Pélléas et Mélisande (Pélléas) – Monte Carlo, Garnier, 1932–34
Les contes d'Hoffmann (Hoffmann) – Monte Carlo, Garnier, 1932–34
Thaïs (Nicias) – Monte Carlo, Garnier, 1932–34
La belle Hélène (Paris) – Lyon, Opéra, 1933
Faust – Algiers, Opéra, 1933
Fortunio – Algiers, Opéra, 1933
Rheingold (Mime) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
Siegfried (Mime) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937
I quattro rusteghi (Filipeto) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 18 March 1938
La reine Fiammette (Lucagnolo, composer Leroux) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 30 September 1939
La basoche (Léveillé) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1940
Fidelio (Jacquino) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 9 May 1940
Knjaz Igor (Skula, Eroshka) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 12 December 1940
Boccaccio (Prinz Pietro) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1 June 1941
La fille de Madame Angot (Pomponnet) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 29 June 1941
Der Rosenkavalier (Valzacchi) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 27 November 1941
Mignon (Laerte) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 29 April 1942
Lucia di Lammermoor (Arturo) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 27 May 1942
Die Fledermaus (Alfred) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 18 June 1942
Ciboulette (Antonin, composer Hahn) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 10 July 1942
Madama Butterfly (Goro) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 26 November 1942
Cendrillon (Le doyen de la faculté, composer Isouard) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 21 January 1943
L'heure espagnole (Torquemada) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1943
Falstaff (Bardolfo) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 28 January 1943
Si j'étais roi (Piféar) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 8 April 1943
Tannhäuser (Heinrich der Schreiber) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
Tannhäuser (Walther von der Vogelweide) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 14 October 1943
Marouf (Le chef des marins) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 21 October 1943
Parsifal (Zweiter Knappe) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1944
Prodaná nevěsta (Vašek) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 20 January 1944
Paganini (Felice Bacciocchi) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 25 May 1944
Walzer aus Wien (Leopold) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 5 July 1944
Les contes d'Hoffmann (Four Servants) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 14 December 1944
L'aiglon (L'attaché militaire français, composers Honegger and Ibert) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 25 January 1945
Le nozze di Figaro (Don Basilio) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 12 October 1945
Die Zauberflöte (Monostatos) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 19 February 1945
Der tapfere Soldat (Bumerli, composer Oscar Straus) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1 June 1945
La bohème (Parpignol) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1946
Boris Godunov (Shujskij) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 11 January 1946
La fanciulla del West (Nick) – Bruxelles, 20 January 1946
La sirène au pays des hommes (Un compère, composer Samuel) – Bruxelles, 20 March 1946
Gräfin Mariza (Penižek) – Bruxelles, 16 June 1946
Knjaz Igor (Ovlur) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1 October 1946
Angélique (Le diable, composer Ibert) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 21 November 1946
Fansou (Tchang, composer Absil) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 25 April 1947
Salome (Fourth Jew) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 2 June 1947
Die keusche Susanne (Alexis) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 21 July 1947
Das Dreimäderlhaus (Novotny) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 5 October 1948
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Zorn) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 13 December 1949
Bonsoir Monsieur Pantalon (Lelio, composer Albert Grisar) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 26 September 1950
Au soleil du Mexique (Matalongo, composer Yvain) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 9 July 1952
Salome (Second Jew) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 22 January 1954
David (Chamma, composer Milhaud) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 19 November 1955
La Périchole (Marquis de Tarapote, Un vieux prisonnier) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 14 January 1956
Die Fledermaus (Blind) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 25 October 1956
Der Schauspieldirektor (Herz) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 22 November 1956
La vie parisienne (Prosper) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1 June 1957
Le chemineau (Toinet) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
Guillaume Tell (Ruodi) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
La fille du régiment – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
Die Walküre (Siegmund) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
Mona Lisa – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
Gillette de Narbonne (composer Audran) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
Les petites Michu – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
S.A.R. – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
Drei Walzer (composer Oscar Straus) – Bruxelles, Monnaie, 1937–58
Le pays du sourire
Les cloches de Corneville
Il tabarro
Evgenij Onegin
L'oiseau bleu (composer Wolff)
Dantons Tod
Zampa (Alphonse)
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the Mignon recording, pictures and biographical notes.
Many thanks to Anton Bieber for the Mireille recording and label scan.
References: Les grandes voix du Hainaut à l'époque du 78 tours, Belgium, 1985
Richard T. Soper: Belgian opera houses and singers, The Reprint Company, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1999
La Monnaie archives
Marcel Claudel, booklet from CD set MEW 0211-12, Musique en Wallonie

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