Roger Bourdin


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(b Levallois, 14 June 1900; d Paris, 14 Sept 1973). French baritone. After studying at the Paris Conservatoire with André Gresse and Jacques Isnardon, he made his début at the Opéra-Comique as Lescaut in Manon (1922) and sang there regularly until the mid-1960s in a wide range of roles, creating parts in operas by Gabriel Pierné, Jacques Ibert and Marcel Bertrand. His début at the Opéra, as Mârouf, was in 1942, and he created the title role of Darius Milhaud's Bolivar there in 1950. His only appearance at Covent Garden was as Pelléas to the Mélisande of Maggie Teyte in 1930. He was a notable French interpreter of non-French parts, including Beckmesser, Scarpia and W. A. Mozart's Figaro. He sang Athanaël to the Thaïs of his wife, the soprano Geori Boué, at the Opéra during the 1940s. His voice was a warm, mellifluous, typically French baritone, as can be heard on his many recordings.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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