Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Charles Richard (Tenor) (Paris 1901 – Paris 1960)


The child of American parents, Charles Richard grew up in England and after brief voice training began singing in variety in France. He then turned to operetta and eventually moved into opera at the end of the 1930's. He appeared in various houses in the French provinces, sang from 1943 to 1945 at the Opera in Marseille and in 1945 was invited to the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where his debut was as des Grieux in Massenet's ''Manon''. He remained one of the leading tenors in the house until 1956, specializing in the French and Italian repertoire including Vincent in ''Mireille'', Wilhelm Meister in ''Mignon'', Gérald in ''Lakmé'', Jean in ''Le jongleur de Notre Dame'', Alfredo in ''La traviata'', Rodolfo in ''La bohème'', Pinkerton, Cavaradossi, and the title rôle in ''Werther''. He continued to make guest appearances, including the Opera at Monte Carlo in 1947 (as Nicias in Massenet's Thaïs), in 1950-51 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, and also in the major houses in the French provinces. He frequently took part in opera productions on French radio.

Chronology of some appearances

1943-1945 Marseille Opera
1947 Monte Carlo Opera
1945-1956 Paris Opéra-Comique
1950-1951 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie


Columbia, 1930-04-24
Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): Scintille diamant RFX10 WLBX1

HMV, Paris 1944-05-11 
Mignon (Thomas): Adieu Mignon DB11119 2LA4283
Mignon (Thomas): Elle ne croyait pas DB11119 2LA4284
Mireille (Gounod): Anges du paradis    

Edison Bell
Un soir de réveillon (Moretti): Ninon (ne me dites pas non) FS 1151 PR 612

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