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Michel Plasson

Michel Plasson at the „Chorégies d'Orange“, in 2008

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 Bizet's Carmen.[1] 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.

Selected discography

Plasson's recordings were mainly made for EMI/Virgin, and focused upon works by French composers. Among these recordings, his interpretations for the operatic works by Offenbach, Gounod and Massenet were generally considered as excellent by critics.





  • Orchestral Works, with Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse.




  • Orchestral Works, with Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse.


  • 15 Tangos, with Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse.



  • Symphonie espagnole and Violin Concerto, with Augustin Dumay.



  • Four symphonies, and orchestral works (1983, 1988, 1990)






  • Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa, Tdk DVD Video (2000)


  1. ^ Edward Greenfield (2003-02-14). "Bizet: Carmen". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 

External links

  • Michel Plasson biography at EMI Classics
  • Interview with Michel Plasson by Bruce Duffie, October 19, 1981

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