Charles Richard

22 July 1901 Paris – 3 June 1960 Paris

Picture of Charles Richard

Charles Richard singsMireille: Anges du paradis

Charles Richard singsMignon: Elle ne croyait pas

Charles Richard singsMignon: Adieu, Mignon

It may be that he started his career as a music hall singer, at least, that's what Kutsch and Riemens say (whose Richard biography is, however, largely the product of wild imagination). In any case, he sang operetta in the 1930s in Paris, for instance at the Théâtre Fontaine or the Folies-Wagram.

In 1941, he sang opera in Lyon (as per Kutsch & Riemens), and from 1943 to 1945, he was definitely at the Opéra de Marseille. On December 30th, 1945, he made his debut at the Opéra-Comique, where he stayed until retiring in 1956. Guest appearances in Monte Carlo (1947), at La Monnaie in Brussels (1950/51) or in Cannes (1949). At the Opéra-Comique, he sang des Grieux (Manon), Jean (Le jongleur de Notre-Dame), Rodolfo, Alfredo, Cavaradossi, Pinkerton, Gérald, Vincent and Wilhelm Meister.


I want to thank Georges Cardol for the picture.
I wish to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recordings.

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