Pol Plançon

Pol Henri Plançon (12 June 1851 – 11 August 1914) was a distinguished French operatic bass (basse chantante). He was one of the most acclaimed singers active during the 1880s, 1890s and early 20th century—a period often referred to as the "Golden Age of Opera".

In addition to being among the earliest international opera stars to have made recordings, he was a versatile singer who performed roles ranging from Sarastro in Mozart's The Magic Flute to the core bass roles by Meyerbeer, Gounod, Verdi and Wagner, among others.

He was renowned for his exquisite legato singing as well as for his crisp diction, limpid tone, precise intonation, and virtuosic mastery of ornaments and fioriture. While not huge, his voice was of penetrating character, making a consistently positive impression in such large theatres as the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. It always moved with exemplary suppleness, allowing him to execute flawless trills and rapid scale passages with remarkable precision and suavity.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 12th, 1851 (Fumay), Died August 11th, 1914 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1908

Roles Represented in DAHR: bass vocal

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-2339 10-in. 2/25/1905 Credo Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-3023 12-in. 1/23/1906 Sérénade Mephistophélés Pol Plançon ; Victor Orchestra Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor B-3024 10-in. 1/23/1906 Serenade Mephistopheles Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-3029 12-in. 1/23/1906 Noël Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-3030 12-in. 1/23/1906 Air du tambour major Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-3160 12-in. 3/8/1906 La Marseillaise Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-3167 12-in. 3/8/1906 Les rameaux Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor B-3168 10-in. 3/8/1906 Le veau d'or Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-3169 12-in. 3/8/1906 Les deux grenadiers Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-4332 12-in. 3/25/1907 Trio, Act V Charles Dalmorès ; Emma Eames ; Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-4343 12-in. 3/27/1907 Oui je suis ... Je dormirai dans mon manteau royal Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-4344 12-in. 3/27/1907 Voici des roses Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor B-4345 10-in. 3/27/1907 Chanson de la puce Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor B-4346 10-in. 3/27/1907 Canzone del porter Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-6109 12-in. 4/14/1908 Possenti numi Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-6110 12-in. 4/14/1908 Invocation : Nonnes, qui reposez Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-6111 12-in. 4/14/1908 O jours heureux Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-6112 12-in. 4/14/1908 Berceuse Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Victor C-6113 12-in. 4/14/1908 Pro peccatis Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, bass vocal  
Gramophone 1921G 10-in. ca. May 1902 Vulcan's song Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano accompaniment vocalist, bass vocal  
Gramophone G1923b 10-in. May 1902 Air du tambour-major Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano vocalist, bass vocal  
Gramophone 1923G[b] 10-in. May 1902 Air du tambour-major Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano vocalist, bass vocal  
Gramophone 1924b 10-in. May 1902 Serenade Mephistopheles Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano vocalist, bass vocal  
Gramophone 1925b 10-in. May 1902 Les deux grenadiers Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano vocalist, bass vocal  
Gramophone 1925iiG[b] 10-in. approximately May 1902 Les deux grenadiers Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano accompaniment vocalist, bass vocal  
(Results 26-50 of 52 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Plançon, Pol," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108835.

Plançon, Pol. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108835.

"Plançon, Pol." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108835

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