José Janson

1904 Montpellier – October 13th (or 10th), 1967, Casablanca

Picture of José Janson' playbill
Picture of José Janson
Picture of José Janson
Janson studied singing at the conservatory in Montpellier. He made his debut in Montpellier as Vincent.

He first sang successfully in the French province and also made guest appearances outside France. He appeared between 1935 and 1939 at La Monnaie, in Switzerland and North Africa.

During the 1939–40 season, he sang at the Opéra-Comique.

At that time, his repertory included Faust, Gérald, des Grieux, Werther, José, Nadir, Duca, Alfredo, Pinkerton, Cavaradossi, ...

At the beginning of the 1930s in Nancy, he first sang Sou-Chong. He had such a success that he sang the role all over France and Belgium.

He had a similar success as Octavio in Giuditta.

In spite of his success as an operetta tenor, he kept his operatic repertory.

He continued to sing after the Second World War. He took over more and more often the stage direction, and retired in 1964.

He taught singing at the conservatory in Casablanca.

Season 1933/4

Das Land des Lächelns on February 20, 1938
Das Land des Lächelns on March 26, 1939 with Cartry, Blanchard/S. Essler, R. Tobelli

Season 1935/6 Giuditta
Season 1938/9 Manon

Opéra-Comique Paris
Werther on February 24, 1939. He sang also Manon (des Grieux) and in the world premiere of La nuit embaumée by Hirschmann as Noureddine, with Vina Bovy as Myriem.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

I want to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.
I want to thank Claude Ridou for the playbill.
I want to thank Christian Torrent for the picture (right).
José Janson singsDas Land des Lächelns: Je t'ai donné mon coeur

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