The recordings feature a cavalcade of important postwar Francophone singers including Rita Gorr, Alain Vanzo, Janine Micheau, Jacqueline Brumaire, Andrée Esposito, Michel Roux, Geneviève Moizan and Solange Michel.

ORTF (French Radio) apparently had a policy that its opera productions could only run two hours, so each of today’s pair lasts about that. Obviously then these performances are abridged, but I trust they may still provide some savory delights.

Similarly, previous ORTF recordings of Don Carlos and Les Vêpres Siciliennes previously presented on Trove Thursday do not present the Verdi works complete yet are uniquely attractive interpretations.

As I have many other things to write this week, I beg your pardon and bow out early leaving everyone to listen—and perhaps discuss.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Snegourotchka (in French) 

30 June 1955

Snegourotchka: Janine Micheau
Le berger Lel: Rita Gorr
Coupava: Geneviève Moizan
La Fée Printemps: Solange Michel
Bobilicka: Fréda Betty
Mizguir: Michel Roux
Un Faune: Michel Hamel
Le Bonhomme Hiver: Lucien Lovano
Bermate: Bernard Cottret
Un Héros: Gustave Vion

Chœurs et Orchestre Lyrique de l’ORTF
Conductor: Charles Bruck

Weber: Euryanthe (in French) 

25 March 1966

Euryanthe de Savoie: Andrée Esposito
Eglantine de Puiset: Jacqueline Brumaire
Adolar de Nevers: Alain Vanzo
Lysiart de Forêt: Michel Roux
Louis VI “Le gros”: Jacques Mars

Chœurs et Orchestre Lyrique de l’ORTF
Conductor: Pierre-Michel Lecomte

La Fille des neiges and Euryanthe can be downloaded by clicking on the icon of a cloud with an arrow pointing downward on the audio player above and the resulting mp3 file will appear in your download directory.

In addition, nearly 500 other podcast tracks are always available from Apple Podcasts for free, or via any RSS reader. The archive which lists all Trove Thursday offerings in alphabetical order by composer was just up-to-dated.