(b Paris, 30 Nov 1876; d Paris, 20 April 1950). French tenor. He studied with Louis Delaquerrière in Paris and joined the Opéra in 1909, making his début as Lohengrin, and singing there until his retirement in 1938. He was the first Paris Parsifal in 1914, and his many roles included Aeneas (Les Troyens), John the Baptist (Hérodiade), Rodrigue (Le Cid), Raoul (Les Huguenots), Ernest Reyer's Sigurd and Richard Wagner's Siegmund, Siegfried and Tristan. Franz made his Covent Garden début in 1910 as Samson, returning regularly until 1914. His London roles included Julien (Louise), Radames and Otello. In 1937 he joined the teaching staff of the Paris Conservatoire. Franz had a large, rich voice with an especially fine middle register and a particularly aristocratic style of declamation. He made distinguished recordings of French repertory, most notably as Sigurd and Samson, and of Wagner.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.