Roger Gardes

4 March 1922 Paris – 30 September 2004

Picture of Roger Gardes
Picture of Roger Gardes
Gardes' parents ran a café, where he loved to sing already as a child. He studied voice with René Lapelletrie and spent his entire career in Paris, at the Opéra and particularly at the Opéra-Comique, where he started as a chorister in 1950.

In 1954, he won a first prize as "ténor léger" at the "Concours de Cannes"; other laureates were Tony Poncet, Gustave Botiaux, Alain Vanzo and Guy Chauvet. After that prize, the Opéra-Comique promoted him to soloist (debut: 14 August 1954 as Rodolfo), and on 12 November of the same year, he also made his debut at the Opéra as Damon in Rameau's Indes galantes (the two theaters were already under the same management at that time).

Until 1971, he worked at both houses. At the Opéra-Comique, he sang Gérald, Lenskij, Almaviva, Nadir, Vincent, Wilhelm Meister, Tybalt and Benedict (Béatrice et Benedict by Berlioz); at the Opéra, Cassio, Duca and the Teapot in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges. He made guest appearances in several theaters of the French provinces.

After his career, Gardes was longterm president of the Association of Opéra-Comique retirees.

Reference: Musica et Memoria

Roger Gardes sings Lakmé: Fantaisies aux divins mensonges

Roger Gardes sings Mireille: Anges du paradis

Roger Gardes sings La bohème: Que cette main est froide
In RA format

Roger Gardes sings La bohème: Ô douce jeune fille, with Hélène Garetti
In RA format
I would like to thank Georges Voisin for the recordings (La bohème).
I want to thank Georges Cardol for the picture (left).
I want to thank Claude Ribou for the picture (right) and dates.

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