Jean Baptiste Chollet

20 May 1798 Paris – 10 January 1892 Nemours

As Fra Diavolo
as Fra Diavolo

Chapelou in Postillon de Lonjumeau (Adam)
Fra Diavolo in Fra Diavolo (Auber)
Zampa in Zampa (Hérold)
Henri in Marie (Hérold)
Louis Conte de Flandres in Les chaperons blancs (Auber)
Fritz in La fiancée (Auber)
Lionel in L'éclair (Hérold)
Beaufort in Le roi des halles (Adam) well as roles in Le fidèle berger, Le brasseur de Preston and Cagliostro (all by Adam), and Les quatre fils Aymon (Balfe)

The son of a chorister at the Paris Opéra, he studied violin and voice already from 1806, and became a chorister himself in 1815, singing at various Paris theaters. From 1818, he was a soloist (high baritone) in the French provinces and in Switzerland.

In 1825, he switched to tenor, and made a splendid career in Brussels (1825/26, 1832–34) and at the Opéra-Comique (1826–32, 1835–47). Following an illness in 1844, he had to reduce the number of his performances, and became a theater director in Bordeaux and in Den Haag. 1852–54, he concluded his career at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris.

He was also a composer and conductor.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

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