Paul-Henri Vergnes

11 May 1905 Lagrasse – 21 April 1974 Paris

Picture of Paul-Henry Vergnes

Paul-Henri Vergnes singsHymne à l'Hérault (his own composition)
In RA format

Paul-Henri Vergnes sings La coupo santo
In RA format

Paul-Henri Vergnes sings Die Walküre: Plus d'hiver
In RA format

Paul-Henri Vergnes sings Tosca: Le ciel luisait d'étoiles
In RA format

Paul-Henri Vergnes sings Le roi d'Ys: Vainement, ma bien-aimée
With the support of an aristocratic patron, he studied voice at the Paris conservatory. In 1929, he made his debut at the Opéra as Faust. He would spend his entire career in Paris (from 1933 also at the Opéra-Comique), making guest appearances throughout France as well as in Amsterdam (Hoffmann, 1932). He quite the stage as early as 1947, and opened an art gallery in Paris. He was married to the soprano Lise d'Alignan.

He sang both main and secondary roles at the Opéra: Duca, Italienischer Sänger, Seemann (Tristan), Ruodi, Alfredo, Grigorij, Cassio, Roméo, Cassio; and main roles only at the Opéra-Comique: Hoffmann, Werther, Nadir, Cavaradossi, Alfredo again, Rodolfo, Mylio (Le roi d'Ys), des Grieux (Manon) or Gérald.

Reference 1; reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens

Many thanks to Anton Bieber for the Roi d'Ys recording and label scan.

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