Michel Plasson

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Michel Plasson (born 2 October 1933, Paris, France) is a French conductor.

Plasson was a student of Lazare Lévy at the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1962, he was a prize-winner at the International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors. He studied briefly in the United States, including time with Charles Münch. He became the music director of the city of Metz for 3 years.

In 1968, Plasson became principal conductor of the Orchestre et Chœurs du Capitole de Toulouse. His recordings with the orchestra include both orchestral works, operettas of Jacques Offenbach, including Orphée aux enfers, La vie parisienne, La Périchole and La belle Hélene, and Bizet's Carmen. Plasson resigned as principal conductor in 2003 and now has the title of "Honorary Conductor", or conductor emeritus. From 1994 to 2001, he was principal conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic.

Guest appearances include Grand Théâtre de Genève, De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam) and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Plasson's son Emmanuel Plasson is also a conductor.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1987 Joyeuse marche / España / Suite pastorale / Danse slave / Fête polonaise / Prélude pastoral / Bourée fantasque / Menuet pompeux Emmanuel Chabrier; Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson 1
1987 Orphée aux enfers (Mady Mesplé; Jane Rhodes; Michel Senechal; Charles Burles; Orchestre et Chœur du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson) Jacques Offenbach; Mady Mesplé; Jane Rhodes; Michel Sénéchal; Charles Burles; Orchestre et Chœur du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson 1
1993 Œuvres orchestrales et vocales Emmanuel Chabrier; Michel Plasson 1
1998 Lakmé Léo Delibes; Natalie Dessay, Michel Plasson, Gregory Kunde, José van Dam, Chœur du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse 1
2001 Ravel - Cantates de Rome Michel Plasson 1
2002 Mireille Charles-François Gounod; Michel Plasson, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Chœur du Capitole de Toulouse 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 Sanctus: Sacred Songs Compilation City of Toulouse Choir & Orchestra, Michel Plasson, Roberto Alagna 1
2007 Pelléas et Mélisande / Masques et Bergamasques Compilation Gabriel Fauré; Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Les Enfants du paradis et autres musiques de films de Marcel Carné Soundtrack Maurice Jaubert, Joseph Kosma, Malcolm Stewart & Michel Plasson conducting Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse 1

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