Gabriel Tournié

1850 Toulouse - ?

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Tournié studied cello at the Toulouse Conservatory. When his voice was discovered he studied singing in Toulouse. He made his debut in 1873 at the Opera in Béziers. It was quickly followed by his debut at the Grand Opéra Paris.

Paris, Opéra
Debut in 1874

Quickly thereafter, he sang in Amiens and Anvers before making his debut in Marseille.

Marseille, Grand Théâtre
Season 1874/5
Sang Robert le Diable, Les Huguenots, La Juive, L'Africaine, Faust
Guillaume Tell, May 14,1875
Le Prophète, May 14, 1875 (total 4, last on May 30, 1875)
M. Tournié fit sensation Victor Combanous
Season 1881/2, other tenors: Valdéjo, Pellen, Degenne
Robert le diable on October 3, 1881 with Menu, Juliette Rey, Mme Hammann, Thévelin
Guillaume Tell on October 31, 1881 with Tournié had to replace Pellen after the second act Trio when he left the stage after being booed
Guillaume Tell on March 14, 1882, ?, ?, Roudil, ?, ?, ?
Season 1883/4
Guillaume Tell, Grand Théâtre, December 6 , 1883
Robert le daible on December 14, 1883 with Pons (bass who was booed and sent packing). The police had to be called to clear the theater)
La Favorite on December 23, 1883 with Mme Appia

Bruxelles, Monnaie
Season 1876/7, other tenors: Bertin, Pellin, Lemercier, Guérin, Masson
Aida on January 15, 1877 with Dauphin, Devoyod, Montfort, Mme Fursch-Madier, Mame Bernardi, Mme Blum, Dupont (Total 46 perfomances)
Guillaume Tell
Season 1877/8, other tenors: Bertin, Lefèvre, Lemercier, Guérin, Masson
Les Huguenots (for the season opening) with Fursch-Madier, Hamaekers, Devoyod, Queyrel
Guillaume Tell on December 1, 1877, ?, ?, Faure, ?, ?, ?
Cinq-Mars on January 11, 1878 with Devoyod, Lefère, Queyrel, Guillen, Mme Fursch-Madier, Mme Hamaekers, Mme Lurie, (Total 14 performances)
Season 1878/9, other tenors: Rodier, Voulet, Guérin, Masson, Laurent (booed and sent packing)
Guillaume Tell, Monnaie, January 1879, ?, ?, Faure, ?, ?, ?
Season 1887/8 He decided to break his contract and was replaced by Engel

Paris, Opéra
1874 (Debut Year)

During 1879-83, he toured the USA and Mexico: New Orleans, Cincinnati, Chicago, Philadelphia (Academy of Music (DeBeauplan French Opera Company, New Orleans))(Les Huguenots on April 4, 1881 with Mlle. Lagye, Frederick-Samuel Feitlinger, Emilie Ambré, Suzanne Magdeleine Delprato, M. Jourdan, M. Momas; La Juive on April 5, 1881 with Mme. De Villeray, Suzanne Magdeleine Delprato, M. Jourdan, M. Pellin, M. Rossi,M. Moma; Aida April 7, 1881 with Suzanne Magdeleine Delprato, Emilie Ambré, M. Rossi, M. Jourdan, Henri-Charles Utto, M. Momas); Robert le diable on April 8, 1881 Mlle. Lagye, Henri-Charles Utto, Suzanne Magdeleine Delprato, M. Escala, M. Momas), New York, Brooklyn, Mexico City, ...

He visited twice New Orleans:
1880/81 season with the DeBeauplan Management Company. The company included: Messrs. Pellin, Escala, Utto, Mauge, Jourdan, Feitlinger, and Mmes. Ambré, Delpratto, De Meric, La Blache, Nina La Blache, Nicolopulo, Pilliard, Lagye and De Villeray

Tournié made his debut on opening night, 8 Nov 1880 in Robert le Diable, and appeared throughout the season, singing:
13 November Fernand
15 November Fernand
18 November Robert
20 November Manrico
22 November Manrico
23 November Fernand
25 November Faust
27 November Faust
30 November Faust
 2 December Raoul
 4 December Faust
 7 December Raoul
 9 December Raoul
11 December Faust
16 December Radames
18 December Radames
20 December Radames
23 December Radames
24 December Ange Pitou
25 December Faust
27 December Radames
28 December Ange Pitou
30 December Robert
 1 January Radames
 4 January Éléazar
 6 January Radames
 8 January Éléazar
11 Janv Éléazar
13 January Don José
15 January Don José
17 January Radames
18 January Faust
20 January Don Jose´
22 January Éléazar
23 January Masaniello, Act 2
24 January Radames
27 January Raoul
28 January Raoul
 2 February Robert
 3 February Alfredo
 4 February Vasco da Gama
 5 February Vasco
 7 February Radames
11 February Radames
12 February Vasco da Gama
13 February -- At a Benefit for flood victims - Tournié played violoncello to accompany 
Emilie Ambre, and sang Arnold, 
in Act 2 of Guillaume Tell
14 February Vasco da Gama
16 February Éléazar
18 February Romeo
19 February Raoul
22 February Roméo
23 February Radames;
24 February Don José
26 February Faust
28 February Radames
 2 March Faust
 3 March Vasco da Gama
 5 March Faust
 6 March Raoul
 7 March Masaniello, in Acts 2, 3, 4 of "La Muette..."
 8 March Vasco da Gama -- the opera scheduled for that evening had been "Aida", but 
 Mme Ambre had sprained her ankle in the "Huguenots" performance of March 6th, and 
 since she was indisposed, the program was changed at the last moment to  "L'Africaine"
10 March Éléazar
12 March Raoul
1882 with the Defossez Management Company. The company included: Messrs. De Ermence, Puget, Delrat, Kastner, Jourdan and Kraitz, and Mmes. Hasselman, Panchioni, Fouquet, Bernardi, Geraiser, Belia

His re-entry came on opening night of the season, 6 November 1882, when he was heard as Éléazar in "La Juive". 
Thereafter he continued to the end of the season, singing:

 7 November  Duke of Mantua
 9 November  Manrico
11 November  Arnold
13 November  Duke of Mantua
14 November  Éléazar
16 November  Arnold
18 November  Fernand
19 November  Ange Pitou -- The role was to have sung by --?-- Puget, but he was seriously ill. 
In order to prevent the cancellation of the performance Tournie agreed to undertake the role, thus 
singing three leading roles in as many days. 
20 November  Faust
21 November  Fernand
23 November  Manrico
25 November  Faust
28 November  Alfredo
30 November  Masaniello (Acts 2, 3 & 4)
 2 December  Arnold
 7 December  Fernand
 9 December  Masaniello
12 December  Alfredo
13 December  Benefit performance
             Masaniello (Act 2), and Arnold (Act 2)
16 December  Le Dauphin (Charles VI)
19 December  Masaniello
21 December  Manrico
23 December  Raoul
25 December  Le Dauphin
26 December  Raoul
28 December  Fernand
30 December  Eleazar
 1 January  Fernand
 2 January  Duke of Mantua
 4 January  Raoul
 6 January  Robert
 8 January  Robert
10 January  Arnold
11 January  Le Dauphin
13 January  Edgardo
14 January At a Mixed bill - (as Gerard de Coucy) he sang the duet 'O vous dont le puissant secours'
from "La Reine de Chypre"
with baritone --?-- Delrat.  On the same program Tournie sang 'La Marseillaise'
15 January  Edgardo
16 January  Raoul
20 January  Radames
22 January  Robert
23 January  Radames
27 January  Radames
29 January  Raoul
30 January  Arnold
 1 February  Radames
 3 February  Don José
 7 February  Radames
 8 February  Don José
10 February  Faust
11 February  Masaniello (Act 2)  (Mixed bill)
13 February  Radames
15 February  Raoul
16 February  Arnold (Act 2), and Radames (Act 2) (Mixed bill)
17 February  Vasco da Gama
19 February  Vasco da Gama   
20 February  Radames
22 February  Tournié's benefit performance
             Jean de Leyde (Acts 3 & 5)
             Radames (Act 3)
I wish to thank Jack Belsom for the New Orleans information.
New York 1881 with the DeBeauplan Management Company
Les Huguenots

The singers strike for non payment of salaries

Tournié elopes with the Soprano Mme. Ambré

Mexico City Nacional
Guillaume Tell on April 7, 1883, Fouquet, ?, Delrat, ?, ?, ?
On 25 March 1883 started a season a new opera company with French singers at the Teatro Nacional. It was organized by A. J. Défossez. The singers were: Mlle. Fouquet, Mlle. Hasselmans, Mme. Bernardi, Mme. Bella, Mlle. Lholia and Mmes. Coudray, Rebolisy, Kasteneer, Cadic and Martin. They offered: La Petit Mariée, by Lecocq, Il Trovatore, with Tournié, Delrat, Jourdan, Coudrai, Fouquet and Bernardi; Les Huguenots, with Hasselmans, Jourdan, etc. La Juive, Hamlet, Guillaume Tell, Muette de Portici, Aida, Zampa, L’Africaine, Faust and Robert Le Diable, and alternating with operettes Les Cloches de Corneville, Le Jour et la Nuit, La Mascotte and others.

Note: La Juive and Hamlet were first performances in Mexico, but the public did not like them.
Reference: La Tradición Operística en la Ciudad de México (Siglo XIX), by Ramón Pulido Granata (México, 1970. Translated by Juan Dzazopulos.

After returning to Europe, Tournié sang in the French Province.

Toulouse, Capitole
Season 1884/5
Season 1885/6
Season 1886/7
Season 1888/9
Robert le Diable
La Favorite
Les Huguenots
Season 1889/90
Season 1890/91
Un heure de mariage on May 20, 1891 with Dupuy, F. Boyer, Mme Bernard-Daram, Mme Douau
Season 1891/92
Samson et Dalila with Mme Doninici
La file de madame Angot
Season 1892/3
Season 1894/5
He is appointed director of the Capitole. He was also director in Lyon and Nantes. His spouse Mme Ribes-Tournié was a soprano.

His repertory included: Éléazar, Cinq-Mars, Faust, Edgardo, Radames, Arnold, Duca, ...

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens, books on Marseille, Toulouse, Bruxelles, Paris, Philadelpia, New Orleans.

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