Born: November 29, 1911 - Rouen, France
Died: January 21, 2010 - Eaubonne, France
The French baritone, Camille Maurane (born: Camille Moreau), was born into a musical family. His father was a music teacher and he started singing as a child in the Maîtrise Saint-Evode in Rouen. The sudden death of his mother and family upheaval meant a break of 12 years in regular singing. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire in the class of Claire Croiza from 1936 to 1939.
Camille Maurane began his professional career as a singer in 1940 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. After his debut as the Moine musicien in Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame on January 14, 1940, he went to create the following roles at the Opéra-Comique, including: the captain in Nèle Dooryn (1940), Doria in Ginevra (1942), a man, a peasant in Mon Oncle Benjamin (1942), a young man in Le Oui des Jeunes Filles (1949), Un Soldat in Dolorès (1952). He also sang in The Barber of Seville, La Basoche, Carmen, Lakmé, Louise, Madame Bovary, Madame Butterfly, Werther and Pelléas et Mélisande. He was occasionally billed under the name Moreau.
Camille Maurane’s voice was typical of the baryton-martin range (between baritone and tenor). He is famous for his interpretation of Debussy's Pelléas, for which he took part in three complete recordings of Pelléas et Mélisande. He is also regarded as one of the best interpreters of French mélodies, of which he left many recordings, since reissued on CD, and of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. His repertoire extended back to music of Rameau through to Arthur Honegger and other contemporaries.
A dedicated teacher, Camille Maurane taught at the Paris Conservatory until 1981.