Biography of Depraz Xavier:
Bass Xavier Depraz (1926–1994) had started studying at the Paris Conservatoire in 1947, his teachers being Fernand Francell, Louis Musy and René Simon. In 1949 he made his debut as
Mephisto in Arras and subsequently became a member of the Paris Opéra. In 1954 he participated in the premiere performance of Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel. Until 1971 he sang in a repertoire ranging from Rameau to Milhaud, from Mozart to Wagner, from Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky to Berlioz and Massenet’s Don Quichotte, with a special penchant for 20th century music (Stravinsky, Menotti, Landowsky, Poulenc, Honegger and Barraud). He became a professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1973. His recordings include Pelléas et Mélisande (under Fournet, for Philips), La Bohème and The Barber of Seville (both in French for Pathé), Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Poulenc’s Les dialogues des Carmelites (for EMI), Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot (for VEGA), The Fiery Angel and Stravinsky’s Renard (for Decca). As early as 1959 he started a career as a film actor, amongst others appearing with Isabelle Adjani, Stéphane Audran, Jacques Brel, Alain Delon, Isabelle Huppert, Klaus Kinski, Christopher Lee, Patrick Magee, Ornella Muti, Pierre Richard, Michel Serrault and Lino Ventura. Even for the Lucky Luke animated cartoons he supplied his voice.