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Fiorello Giraud (Tenor) (Parma 1868 – Parma 1928)



His father, Lodovico Giraud (1846–1882), was a famous tenor. He studied in Parma and made his debut as Lohengrin at Vercelli in 1891. His success was rapid and the following year he created Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ at the Teatro Dal Verme, Milan. Unlike Fernando Valero, who created Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’, Giraud was not invited to sing the part throughout the world, and when engaged at Monte Carlo in 1897 it was only to sing Cassio to Tamagno's Otello. Otherwise, appearances abroad were limited to Spain, Portugal and South America. In Italy his reputation as a Wagnerian tenor grew steadily, and in 1907 he sang Siegfried in the premiære at La Scala of ‘’Gotterdammerung’’, under Arturo Toscanini. Later in the same season he was also Italy's first Pelleas. Other premieres included Vincenzo Tommasini's ‘’Medea’’ (1906, Trieste) and Stefano Donaudy's ‘’Sperduti nel buio’’ (1907, Palermo). His few recordings, which include some Wagner but nothing of Pagliacci, show a strong, vibrant voice used with imagination and skill, though with a limited upper range.

Chronology of some appearances

1892 Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Pagliacci (Canio)
1892 Vercelli  Teatro Civico Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1892 Modena  Teatro Storchi Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1893 Melbourne  Teatro Princess Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1895 Roma  Teatro Nazionale Carmen (Don Jose)
1895 Pisa  Teatro Verdi Cristoforo Colombo (Guevara)
1896 Viterbo  Teatro Unione Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1896 Este  Politeama Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1896 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1897 Barcellona  Teatro Liceo Gioconda (Enzo)
1897 La Spezia  Politeama Duca di Genova Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1897 Cento  Teatro Comunale Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1897 Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1898 Bologna  Teatro Brunetti Boheme (Rodolfo)
1898 Bologna  Teatro Brunetti Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1898 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Boheme (Rodolfo)
1898 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1898 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Manon Lescaut (De Grieux)
1898 Valparaiso  Teatro Victoria Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1898 Valparaiso  Teatro Victoria Boheme (Rodolfo)
1898 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Boheme (Rodolfo)
1898 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Carmen (Don Jose)
1899 Torino Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1900 Madrid  Teatro Reale Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1901 Il Cairo  Teatro Khediviale Boheme (Rodolfo)
1901 Madrid  Teatro Reale Carmen (Don Jose)
1901 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Ernani (Ernani)
1901 Santiago del Cile  Teatro Municipal Gioconda (Enzo)
1901 Lima  Teatro Forero Ernani (Ernani)
1901 Lima  Teatro Forero Gioconda (Enzo)
1901 Milano  Teatro Dal Verme Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1903 Rosario di Santa Fe  Teatro Olimpo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1903 Rosario di Santa Fe  Teatro Olimpo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1903 Rosario di Santa Fe Teatro Olimpo Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu)
1903 Rosario di Santa Fe Teatro Olimpo Gioconda (Enzo)
1903 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Boheme (Rodolfo)
1903 Lisbona  Teatro San Carlos Germania (Federico)
1904 Roma Teatro Costanzi Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1904  Alessandria d'Egitto  Teatro Zizinia Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1905 Milano  Teatro Lirico Carmen (Don Jose)
1905 Trieste  Teatro Verdi Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1907 Cesena  Teatro Comunale Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1907 Palermo  Teatro Massimo Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
1911 Venezia Teatro La Fenice Lohengrin (Lohengrin)



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