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PAUL DERENNE

The tenor Paul Derenne was born in 1907 at Rennes. He studied music with Nadia Boulanger and made his initial professional appearances as a member of her vocal ensemble. He made his operatic stage début in 1937 at the Paris Opéra-Comique, in the première of Roussel’s Le Testament de Tante Caroline. He sang with this company throughout the Second World War, after which he appeared as a guest at Lausanne in 1946 and at the Paris Opera in 1947 as Jacquino (Fidelio). During the 1950s he sang extensively in the French provinces, appearing at Toulouse, Lyon, Marseille, Nice and Strasbourg. Abroad he sang at Monte-Carlo in 1955 and at La Scala, Milan in 1958 in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, as well as elsewhere in Spain, England, Germany and Portugal.

His rôles included Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Wilhelm Meister (Mignon), Hadji (Lakmé), Gonzalve  (L’Heure espagnole), and Brighella (Ariadne auf Naxos). He retired from the stage in 1962. He was greatly respected as a concert singer, especially in baroque music. He made frequent broadcasts and taught from 1952 onwards. He died in Paris in 1988.

Role: Classical Artist 
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