Jean Planel

21 October 1903 Montélimar – 14 May 1986 Montélimar

Jean Planel's father was the son of a composer, Alphonse Planel; both he and his younger brother Robert studied at the Conservatoire Supérieure in Paris, composition and chant – Robert eventually became a composer, Jean a singer (albeit also he composed all his life).

Jean Planel spent his career primarily as a concert and radio singer. He was first tenor soloist at the Montmartre basilica in Paris, and later at another Paris church, St-Pierre-de-Chaillot; he sang concerts with all three important philharmonic societies in Paris, Lamoureux, Pasdeloup and Colonne, and he appeared throughout France, but also in London, Salzburg or Geneva. He was friends with composers Darius Milhaud, Olivier Messiaen, Francis Poulenc, Gustave Charpentier and others, and he premiered several of their works (notably Milhaud's three "Opéras-Minute", 1927 Baden-Baden, and 1928 Wiesbaden). On the radio, however, he would sing a lot of opera and operetta, too, and in some instances also on stage, for example as Pierrot in the world premiere of Idylle funambulesque by his brother Robert, 8 March 1934 at the Opéra-Comique.

When the Germans occupied Paris, he left the city and moved to Rennes first, then to Marseille; during the war, he gave concerts in South-East France (Nice, Cannes) and Monte Carlo, and sang for the radio of the part of France that was, if not free, then at least autonomous.

After the war, he returned to Paris and continued his singing career into the early 1950s, then he taught voice, first in Paris at a training institution for future school teachers, then in Nice at the conservatory (1960–73). He wrote two books on vocal technique.

Reference: Association Jean Planel
Picture source

Jean Planel sings Les dragons de Villars: Ne parle pas

Jean Planel sings La mascotte: Le je ne sais quoi

Jean Planel sings L'enfance du Christ: Les pèlerins étant venus
In RA format

Discography of Jean Planel
source: Association Jean Planel

I would like to thank Anton Bieber for the recordings and label scans (La mascotte, Les dragons de Villars).
I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (L'enfance du Christ).

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