Victor Granier

Picture of Victor Granier
This picture of Granier comes from an APGA postcard. It is not impossible that Granier made test records for APGA. Unknown APGA test records of O'Sullivan were discovered.
Granier in New Orleans
Granier made his debut on the opening night of the 1911/12 season as Éléazar in La Juive. During that season, he was heard as Raoul (Huguenots), Don José, Rodolfo (La bohème), Fernand (La favorite), Manrico, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Radames, des Grieux, and Vasco da Gama.
Once again, as the season ended the troupe planned a tour: to Natchez, Mississippi; Jackson, Mississippi; Shreveport, Louisiana; Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Memphis, Tennessee; Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C.; and finally a week in New York from 22 April. Again, since I have not attempted to follow their travels I am not sure whether or not this tour took place.

I wish to thank Jack Belsom for the information on New Orleans.
The following review in French of a performance of La Juive in Toulon complains about the poor performance of the tenor. It then remembers the tenors of the past that sang La Juive in Toulon and in particular Granier who repeated all his arias, except La couronne des martyrs which he repeated twice.
Picture of a Juive review
The following list, in French, is a list of singers having appeared in Toulon, mainly from 1920 to 1966.
1876
A la création de Pétrarque : Fort ténor: Chelli
                                        Soprano léger : Arnaud
                                        Falcon : Bressol
                                        Baryton : Louvier
                                        Basse : Dhermond

1920 / 1930
Fort ténor : Granier, Guys, Fontaine, Casenave, Talrick, Charlesky
Ténor léger et demi caractère : Trantoul, Martel, Clément
Baryton : Sauveur Garguillo, Paul Merle, Cahuzac, Vigneau
Basse : Fernand Debouver, Audiger, Aumonier, Terval, Jacques Murcy, Paul Payan, Coeglio, Lucien Marzo, Auriol, René Mattei, Jean Chardin
Falcon : Gozategui, Tagnéra, Mital, Simone Lemaitre, Mathilde Comes
Mezzo : Jacqueline Lussas, Suzane Darbans
Soprano léger : Vina Bovy, Brunlet, Yvette Pagnoz, Chambellan, Jacqueline Royer

1930 / 1950
Fort ténor : Franz Deguyse, Caujole, Vezzani, O'Sullivan
Ténor demi caractè ;re et léger : Guy Fouché, Genin, Luccioni, St Criq, Vona, Kriff, Thill, Romagnoni, Noré, Casavechi, Burdino, Jobin, Megret, Micheletti, Anzani, Valto, Franz Kaisin, Miro Skala, Lauri Volpi (1 seule Tosca), Villabella, Giraudeau, Enzo Serri, Tito Schipa (Werther), Maurice Hemery, Gatto, Majoufre, Janson, Dany Roche, Libéro De Luca, Giuseppe Lugo
Baryton : Lagarde, Lucien Guirand, André Girard, Blouse, Yves Noël, Nougaro, Enzo Mascherini (Traviata, Rigoletto), Roque, Bourdin, Dens, Lucien Huberty, Cambon, Baugé
Basse : Adrien Legros, Humbert Tomatis, Médus, Pernet, Huc Santana, Billot, Devercors, Jean Chardin, Charles Hebreard
Falcon : Olivier Sportiello, Rinella, Adine Yosif, Gery Brunin
Mezzo : Germaine Pape, Lucienne Andurant
Soprano léger : Micheau, Boué, Jane Cool, Magdaphoné, Mado Robin, Henriette Boni, Solange Delmas, Lucienne Denat, Yvette Pagoz, Victoria Fer, Erta Saffi, Lily Pons, Maryse Patris, Jacqueline Silvy

1950 / 1966
Fort ténor : Achille Braschi (Trouvère), Poncet, Angelo Loforese (comme Braschi c'est plutôt un lyrico spinto mais dans ces années là c'est le seul avec Poncet à chanter Guillaume et les Huguenots, ce qu'il a fait à Toulon + Aida)
Ténor demi caractère et léger : Botiaux, Finel, Lance, Liccioni, Ruggero Bondino, Enzo Tei, Py, Brazzi, Michele Molese, Legay, Gardes, Cadiou, Luciano Saldari, Burles, Vanzo, Mario Lattré, Roland Cougé, Tino Rossi, André Mallabréra, Albert Voli
Falcon : Line Cumia, Carla Ferrario
Soprano léger : Jacquin, Guillot, Besse, Le Bris, François, Stuzman, Esposito, Piroird, Jaumillot, Dany Baraud, Annie Laurent, Garner (1 fois en 69), Mesplé, Berton, Denise Monteil, Brumaire, de Pondeau, Amelia Benvenuti, Margherita Guglielmi
Mezzo : Couderc, Rodes, Broudeur, Andreani, Betty, Dourian, Vilma, Sarfaty
Baryton : Blanc, Bianco, Peyrottes, Massard, Schiavi, Arnaud, Haas, Bacquier, Gilbert Dubuc, Oppicelli, André Jonquères, Le Hémonet
Basse : Vaillant, Mars, Depraz, Brun, Serkoyan, Chapuis, Portanier, Saciuk, Savignol, Taverne, Giban

Il est évident que ceux de la période d'avant ont aussi chantés dans ces années là.
I wish to thank Carlo Ciabrini for having provided the Juive review and the list of Toulon singers.
Granier's Arnold listing

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