Marcel Merkès

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Marcel Merkès (July 7, 1920 – March 30, 2007), was a French tenor operetta singer.

Merkès was born in Bordeaux. After receiving several prizes in singing at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, he started at the age of 22 years at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in the role of Des Grieux in Manon, an opera by Jules Massenet. He often performed an operetta duo with his wife Paulette Merval, a singer and violinist, who he had met at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux.[1] They totaled more than 10,500 performances and recorded many records in their careers. He was a prolific performer at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris.

Merkès was married to violinist and singer Paulette Merval. Their son, Alain Merkès, also pursued a career as singer under the name Alain Valmer. Marcel died in Pessac.

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Notable performances, debut of performance is given:



  1. ^ Garets, Françoise Taliano-des (1995). La vie culturelle à Bordeaux, 1945–1975. Presses Univ de Bordeaux. p. 199. ISBN 978-2-86781-164-7. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 

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