Originally he wanted to become an organist and studied at the Conservatoire National de Paris. During his military service he trained his voice at the conservatoire of Nantes and continued this education in the Paris Conservatoire. In 1931 he became a member of the Opéra-Comique. Here he appeared in 1934 for the first time as Pelléas in C. Debussy's ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’, his special star role. He limited himself in the future by a few parts and the Pelléas remained the central role of his artistic career. In 1938 he sang this role at the San Francisco Opera as well as in other American towns. In 1935 he guested as Pelléas in Amsterdam, in 1948 in Lausanne. In 1939 he was called up for the war service in the French army, but was given time off, for a glittering performance of ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’ in 1940 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. After his retirement he lived in Paris.
Faust (Gounod): Cavatine, pt 1 3231 SS1209A
Faust (Gounod): Cavatine, pt 2 3231 SS1210B