André Perret

born 1890 Nîmes

Perret's real name was André Potani. He studied at the Paris conservatory with Guillamat und Saléza. He won the first prize in the yearly competiton at the conservatoire.

He was scheduled to make his debut at the Opéra-Comique in 1914, but had to go to war instead where he was twice wounded.

He made his debut only in 1920 in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, as a baritone. He sang with success in Geneva and Liège.

He switched to tenor one year later and became a member of La Monnaie until 1923.

He then joined the Paris Opéra.

He made guest appearances in Marseille, Béziers, Liège, Spa, Aachen, ...

Season 1921/22 La fille de Roland on 7 October 1921 as Gérald with Arnal, Carrier, Maudier, Decock, Chantraine, Smeets (i.e. Faniard), Robert, Vinck, Mme Helbronner, Mme Daryse, Corneil de Thoran (total 12); Boris Godunov on 21 December 1921 as Grigorij with Arnal, Boyer, Van Obbergh, Arnaud, Dognies, Mme Bergé, Ruhlmann (total 28)
Season 1922/23 Antar on 19 November 1922 as Antar with Roosen, Decok, Espirac, Mme Soyer, Mme Ballard, Mme Dalsma, Corneil de Thoran (total 12); La victoire on 28 March 1923 as Acristos with Roosen, Espirac, Decock, Smeets (i.e. Faniard), Mme Bergé, Mme Prick, Mme Maréchal, Lélon, Molle (total 6); Boris Godunov as Grigorij with Murray-Davey, Boyer, Van Obbergh, Arnaud, Dognies, Mme Bergé (total 7); Der Freischütz as Max with Mme Bergé, Mme Bovy, Van Obbergh, Chantraine, Boyer, Decock, Smeets (i.e. Faniard), Servières (total 10)

He made his debut as Samson on 5 July 1923. In 1923, he sang Jean (Hérodiade); in 1924 Duca, Siegmund; in 1925 Mardochée (Esther), Roland (Esclarmonde); in 1926 Grigorij, Canio.

Season 1921/22
Season 1922/23
Season 1930/31
Season 1931/32
Reference Kutsch & Riemens
André Perret singsWerther: Ô nature pleine de grâce

André Perret singsWerther: J'aurais sur ma poitrine

André Perret singsFaust: Salut, demeure

Columbia, 10 October 1925
WLX18-2       Sigurd: Esprits gardiens                                          D15003
Disque Gramophone
BTR 3132 II   Werther: Je ne sais si je veille                                  4-32789, P748
BTR 3135      Werther: J'aurai sur ma poitrine                                  4-32790, P748
BT 4183 I     Manon: Et je sais votre nom                                       34357, P791
              with Marcelle Ragon
BT 4184 II    Manon: Ah! Parlez moi                                             34358, P791
              with Marcelle Ragon
BT 4185 I     Manon: Eh quoi partir ensemble                                    34359, P792  
              with Marcelle Ragon  
30 cm
CTR 3133 II   Les huguenots: Plus blanche que la blanche hermine                032486, W 881
CTR 3134 I    Faust: Salut, demeure chaste et pure                              032487, W 881
I like to thank Christian Torrent for the discography.
Source for the portrait: the fantastic collection of Claude-Pascal Perna.
The Werther recordings and label scans have been contributed by Anton Bieber: thank you very much!

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