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Catherine Sauvage performing in a TV show, 1974
|Birth name||Marcelle Jeanine Saunier|
26 May 1929|
|Died||20 March 1998
Bry-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne, France
In 1940, Catherine Sauvage moved with her family into the Free Zone in Annecy. Since high school, she turned to the theater where she performed under her birth name, Janine Saulnier. After eight years of studying piano, singing and drama, she met in 1950 Léo Ferré and fell in love with his songs. From him she sang in 1952 Paris canaille, which became a hit. In 1954, she won the "Grand Prix du Disque", a famous French reward, for the song L'Homme, from Ferré again. On tour in Canada, she made the acquaintance of Gilles Vigneault who wrote for her Mon Pays, Le Corbeau, la Manikoutai.
Arriving in Paris, she adopts the surname Sauvage, borrowed from a childhood friend, and, began studying drama:
- I did my apprenticeship with Jean-Louis Barrault, with John Vilar, Roger Blin, Marcel Marceau. [...] The chance of life allowed me to be presented to Moyses, who was the director of the cabaret Le Boeuf sur le Toit. I sang him some stuff like that, recited two or three poems. As a result, Moyses hired me the next day. I used a directory with songs including Marianne Oswald. I stayed two months at the Boeuf sur le Toit --- afterwards, I sang at the Quod Libet, a nightclub on 3 rue des Prés-At-Clerics.
She met Léo Ferré, whom she helped in bringing recognition to his music: "It was the meeting of my life. As a happiness never comes alone, they say, Jacques Canetti came to hear me a beautiful evening. He was always looking for artists for the record company of which he was the artistic director, as well as for [the concert hall] Les Trois Baudets that he had established. "
Jacques Canetti hired her in 1953 and 1954 to work at Les Trois Baudets. "So I visited that cabaret on Rue Coustou for two years. Later I was featured at the Olympia, and received a grand prize for record L'Homme with Léo Ferré. "
She has always given preference to poetry set to music. Léo Ferré and Gilles Vigneault have said they considered Sauvage their best performer. Aragon, one of her favorite poets, wrote about her: "And suddenly with her voice, like a gift, every word makes complete sense."
- 1954 : Catherine Sauvage chante ses derniers succès
- 1954 : Catherine Sauvage chante Léo Ferré
- 1956 : Ouvert la nuit
- 1961 : Chansons de Louis Aragon
- 1964 : Chansons d'amour et de tendresse, chansons des amours déchirantes
- 1966 : Chansons françaises du Canada
- 1969 : Le Miroir aux alouettes
- 1969 : Chansons libertines
- 1970 : Larguez les amarres
- 1971 : Avec le temps
- 1973 : J'ai tout vu, tout connu
- 1992 : Colette : Dialogues de bêtes
- 1961 : Chansons de cœur… chansons de tête
- 1968 : Le Bonheur : Catherine Sauvage à Bobino 1968
- 1979 : 25 ans de chansons de Léo Ferré - Volume 1
- 1979 : 25 ans de chansons de Léo Ferré - Volume 2
- 1983 : Récital à Tokyo
- 2009 : Le Siècle d'or : Toi qui disais, Le Chant du Monde (2 CD)
- 2011 : Catherine Sauvage : Anthologie 1951-1959, Frémeaux & Associés (2 CD).
- 1956 : Paris mob
- 1966 : Two hours to kill
- 1983 : The bride who came from the cold
- 1988 : The Shop on Main Street
- 1954 : The Good Woman of Szechwan of Bertolt Brecht, directed by Roger Planchon, Festival of Lyon, Lyon Comedy Theatre
- 1956 : St. Joan by Bernard Shaw, in French, directed by Gabriel Monnet, open air production August 1956, Chateau of Annecy.
- 1958 : The Good Woman of Szechwan of Bertolt Brecht, directed by Roger Planchon, Theatre de la Cite Villeurbanne
- 1962 : Frank V of Friedrich Dürrenmatt, directed by Claude Regy and André Barsacq, Theatre Workshop
- 1963 : Divine Lyrics by Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, directed by Roger Blin, the Odeon Theatre
- 1977 : The Night of the Iguana of Tennessee Williams, directed by Andreas Voutsinas, Bouffes North
- contemporary press cuttings with photos Dauphine Libere Aug 1956
The World, 22 March 1998. Le Figaro 18 May 1983 Newspaper Radio TV 29 August 1974.