Louis-Antoine-Eléonor Ponchard

31 August 1787 Paris – 6 January 1866 Paris

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The son of composer and conductor Antoine Ponchard, he made his debut in 1812 at the Paris Opéra-Comique in L'ami de la maison by Grétry. He spent his entire career at the Opéra-Comique, where he created Georges Brown in La dame blanche in 1825, and participated in lots of other world premieres: Le petit chaperon rouge Le nouveau seigneur du village, Les voitures versées and Les deux nuits, all by Boïeldieu, Le concert à la cour, Leicester and Le maçon, all by Auber, Joconde by Isouard, Zémire et Azor by Grétry, Masaniello by Carafa, Valentin by Henry-Montan Berton, Les héritiers Michau by Bochsa, and Le mauvais oeil by Puget. He had a small and light voice and was praised for his noble expression.

After his career, he taught voice at the conservatory in Lille and had numerous prominent students, notably Rosine Stoltz, Giovanni Mario, Jean-Baptiste Faure and his own son Charles Ponchard.

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