Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 26, 2016

Raphaël Romagnoni (Tenor) (February 20th, 1906 Lyon - died April 23rd, 1999)



He was trained at the Conservatoire de Lyon and made his debut in 1931 at the Opéra de Lyon as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’.  Afterwards he appeared at numerous French opera houses, sang at theaters of North Africa and in 1947 was engaged by the Grand Opéra and Opéra-Comique in Paris. In these both houses his repertoire included Faust, Roméo in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Mylio in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’,  José in ‘’Carmen’’,  Hoffmann in ‘’Les contes d'Hoffmann’’, Nadir in ‘’Pêcheurs de perles’’, Gérald in ‘’Lakmé’’ and Pinkerton in ‘’Madame Butterfly’’. Then since 1958 he took over comprimario parts, under it Missail in ‘’Boris Godunov’’, Remendado in ‘’Carmen’’, Spalanzani in ‘’Les contes d'Hoffmann’’and Torquemada in ’’L'Heure espagnole’’. In 1971 he retired from the stage. He appeared as a guest abroad, thus at the Théâtre de la Monnaie  in Brussels (1950), at the Teatro San Carlos in Lisbon (1964), in  Switzerland, Holland, Greece and Brazil. His daughter Odette Romagnoni (26. 6. 1938 Lyon) became a known soprano, who appeared since 1961 at the Opéra de Lyon. Since 1963 she appeared at different French opera houses and in the 1969-1971 seasons she was a member of the Opéra-Comique in Paris.

Chronology of some appearances

1931 Opéra de Lyon
1947 Paris Grand Opéra
1947 Paris Opéra-Comique


Concert version/Complete 1951
Faust (Gounod) with Geori Boué, Huc Santana, Charles Cambon and Nadine Sautereau

Trovatore (Verdi): Brise D'amour Et Miserere with Jules Gressier 

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