Charles Friant


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(b Paris, 1890; d Paris, 22 April 1947). French tenor. His father was a principal dancer at the Opéra, Paris, and he himself sang in the chorus and appeared in the première of Vincent d᾽Indy's L’étranger as a boy. He later trained with Sarah Bernhardt and joined her company as an actor, then going to the Conservatoire to study singing in 1910. His operatic début was in the Paris première of Jules Massenet's Cléopâtre. From 1920 to 1939 he was a member of the Opéra-Comique, appearing in a wide repertory but enjoying special success in Massenet operas such as Manon, Werther and Le jongleur de Notre Dame. Premières included Le roi Candaule by Alfred Bruneau and Le Hulla by Marcel Samuel-Rousseau. He also sang at Monte Carlo and La Monnaie, Brussels. His recordings, especially those from Werther, are distinctively stylish and expressive.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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