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 51-52 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 1936G 10-in. 5/30/1902 Piff, paff, piff, paff Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano vocalist, bass vocal  
Gramophone 1939b 10-in. 5/30/1902 Ronde de veau d'or Pol Plançon Bass vocal solo, with piano vocalist, bass vocal  
(Results 51-52 of 52 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Plançon, Pol," accessed October 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108835.

Plançon, Pol. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108835.

"Plançon, Pol." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 October 2021.

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


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