Raoul Jobin      (Preiser 89517)
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Raoul Jobin      (Preiser 89517)
V0446. RAOUL JOBIN: Arias from L'Africaine, Roméo, Manon, La Damnation de Faust, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Hérodiade, Carmen, Werther, Tosca, Lohengrin & Siegfried. (Austria) Preiser 89517, recorded 1947-48. - 717281895170

CRITIC REVIEWS:

"Raoul Jobin, the leading French Canadian tenor of the 1930s and 1940s, studied in his native Québec and then at the Paris Conservatoire, making both his concert and Paris Opéra debuts in 1930. After a spell back in Canada, he returned to the Opéra in 1934 and was a valued member of the company thereafter. He made his Covent Garden debut in 1937 and from 1940 to 1950 was regularly engaged at the Metropolitan in New York, also singing with other companies in North and South America. He sang at the Opéra-Comique from 1946. Although he was best known in the French repertoire, Jobin also appeared with success in Italian roles and the lighter Wagnerian parts. He taught singing in Montréal from 1957 and made his final stage appearance the following year. His exciting voice can be heard on many recordings."

- Tully Potter



"Raoul Jobin made his d�but at the Paris Op�ra on 3 July, 1930, as Tybalt in ROM�O ET JULIETTE. He quickly sang principal tenor r�les at both the Op�ra and the Op�ra-Comique, as well as in many cities throughout France, Lyons, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseilles, etc. He sang mainly the French repertoire, with occasional incursions into the Italian repertoire. With the outbreak of the war, he returned to North America. He made his d�but at the Metropolitan Opera on 19 February, 1940, as des Grieux in MANON. He remained with the company until 1950, where he sang many r�les alongside such singers as Lily Pons, Bidu Sayao, Licia Albanese, Ris� Stevens, under conductors such as Wilfrid Pelletier and Thomas Beecham. He made regular appearances in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, etc., also appearing in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires. After WW II, he returned to Paris in 1947, where he successfully sang his first major Wagnerian r�le, Lohengrin, earning him the nickname �Monsieur Lohengrin�. He later sang the role of Walther in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON N�RNBERG with equal success. He also created the r�le of Fabrice Del Dongo in LA CHARTREUSE DE PARME by Henri Sauguet. Subsequently, Jobin divided his time largely between Europe and America, maintaining his high standard in his accustomed r�les while adding new ones, until his retirement from the stage in 1958."

- Z. D. Akron