Paul Franz

November 30, 1876 Paris - April 20, 1950 Paris

Picture of Paul Franz
Franz was born François Gauthier. He changed his to Franz because the tenor Jules Gautier who was already known in France. Some references cite that Jules Gautier was really Franz Gautier, but that's false.

Franz worked first for the railroad. After being refused by the Paris Conservatory, he took lessons with Louis Delaquerrière in Paris. Musica organized in 1908 a Tenor competition and Franz received the first Prize.

His debut was as Lohengrin in Nantes during January 1909, as a result, he made his debut at the Opera on February 1, 1909 as Lohengrin.

His career at the Opera evolved as follows:
1909, Samson et Dalila (Samson), Sigurd (Sigurd), Roméo et Juliette (Roméo), Faust (Faust), Tannhäuser (Tannhäuser)
1910, La Damnation de Faust (Faust), La Walkyrie (Siegmund on December 10 with Bréval, Bourdon, Maty, Lequien, Journet, Messager), Aida (Radamès)
1911, Les Maîtres chanteurs de Nuremberg (Walther on February 17 with Gall, Daumas, Delmas, Campagnola, Rigaux, Journet, Delmas, Cerdan, Messager), Le Cid (Rodrigue)
Then Le Prophète (Jean on February 26, 1912 with Lapeyrette, Comes, Journet, Gresse, Vidal), Tristan et Isolde (Tristan, 1913), Le Vieil aigle (Toloik on May 13,1914 with Vally, Renaud, Rey, Catherine), Patrie (Karloo on December 7, 1916 with Bréval, Campredon, Delmas, Gresse, Busser), Messidor (Guillaume on February 22, 1917 with Lapeyrette, Gall, Delmas, Plamondon, Noté, Ruhlmann), Otello (Otello on January 23, 1919 with Bugg, Lapeyrette, Dubois, Vigna)), Monna Vanna (Prinzevalle, 1919), Salamnbô (Mathô on May 21, 1919 with Chenal, Laute-Brun, Lafitte, Renaud, Delmas, Noël, Ruhlmann), Les Huguenots (Raoul, 1925), Le crépuscule des Dieux (Siegfried on March 2 1925 with Demougeot, Cros, Lapeyrette, Carbelly, Duclos, Delmas, Gaubert), Siegfried (Siegfried on October 11, 1926 with Montfort, Bourdon, Haramboure, Delmas, Fabert, Duclos, Narçon, Gaubert), La Juive (Eléazar on April 3, 1933 with Hoerner, Guyla, Huberty, Rambaud, Calverie, Froumenty, Ruhlmann).

At the Opera, he created PARSIFAL (Parsifal on January 4, 1914), JEANNE D'ARC (Dumois on November 24, 1917), HELENE (Pâris on January 20, 1919), LA LEGENDE DE SAINT CHRISTOPHE (Auférus on June 6, 1920), ANTAR (Antar on March 14, 1921), LES TROYENS (Enée on June 10, 1921), HERODIADE (Jean on December 22, 1921), LA FILLE DE ROLAND (Gérald on October 27, 1922), PADMAVATI (Ratan-Sen on June 1, 1923), LE JARDIN DU PARADIS (le Prince on October 29, 1923), ESCLARMONDE (Chevalier Roland on December 24, 1923), ESTHER PRINCESSE D'ISRAEL (Mardochée on April 28,1925), L’ILE DÉSENCHANTÉE (Solnek on November 19, 1925), SALAMINE (Xerxès on June 17, 1929), and LA TENTATION DE SAINT ANTOINE (Satan on May 8, 1930).

He retired from the Opera in 1938.

Franz made guest appearances in Monte Carlo (1922 and 1923 in the world premiere of Raoul Gunsbourgs »Lysistrata«), Bruxelles (Season 1925-6), Gand (Season 1930/1),
Verviers (La Walkyrie (Act 1) on November 4 with F. Hougaert, Malherbe, A. Dupuis),
Covent Garden (1910-14 as Radames, Samson, Raoul, José, Julien), Marseille,
Scala ( February 25, 1910 as Samson with Rabaud, Lapeyrette, Vanni-Marcoux),
Colón (1918 Samson et Dalila on May 26/28/30-June 05/30-July 20/29-August 19 sharing with Catullo Maestri; Faust on June 15/19/22/29-July 17 sharing with Charles Hackett; Aida on June 28-July 04/05/09/14/31- August 03/23/25 sharing with Aureliano Pertile; Roméo et Juliette on July 09/14/27; Norma on July 16/19/22/24/28-August 07/09/16/21/26 sharing Catullo Maestri; on July 21/23/28/31-August 06 sharing with Aureliano Pertile; Hérodiade August 07/08),
Anvers, Rome (1916), ...

After retiring, Franza taught singing at the Paris Conservatory. He was also a composer (Ballet »L'Orchestre en liberté«), and translated German Lieder by Schubert and Schumann in French. Discography

Paul Franz sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond, in French
In RA Format

Paul Franz sings Siegfried: Nothung
In RA Format

Paul Franz sings La damnation de Faust: Invocation à la nature
In RA Format

Paul Franz sings La fille de Roland: La chanson des épées
In RA Format
Discography

Gramophone
16920u Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Arrêtez, ô mes frères (75)       4-32274          DA442
02158v Lohengrin (Wagner): Récit du Graal                               032212           DB521
02198v Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Salut, tombeau                       032227           DB520
02233v Aida (Verdi): O céleste Aida                                     032238
02234v Carmen (Bizet): La fleur                                         032239           DB520
02377v Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah, lève-toi, soleil                 032244
02378v Sigurd (Reyer): Esprits gardiens                                 032245
17200u Sigurd (Reyer): Un souvenir poignant (75)                        4-32306
17488u Werther (Massenet): Pourquoi me réveiller                        4-32320
02616v Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Plus blanche                              032268
2738ah?? Walküre (Wagner): Chanson du printemps                         4-32352
2739ah Siegfried (Wagner): Chant du glaive                              4-32353
18622u Siegfried (Wagner): Chant du glaive                              unpublished
18623u Walküre (Wagner): Chanson du printemps                           4-32352x
02883v Parsifal (Wagner): Hagards nes yeux (75)                         032303
02884v Parsifal (Wagner): Une arme seule (75)                           032302
18782u Lohengrin (Wagner): Ma confiance en toi (75)                     7-32007         DA442
02953v Lohengrin (Wagner): Mon cygne aimé                               2-032013        DB521
02954v Tannhäuser (Wagner): Récit de Rome, pt 1                         2-032014
02955v Tannhäuser (Wagner): Récit de Rome, pt 2                         2-032015

Pathé
1950    Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Invocation                        0258            5560
1951    Cid (Massenet): O noble lame                                    0258            5636
1954    Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Scène de la meule, pt 1         0259
1959    Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Scène de la meule, pt 2         0259
1949    Sigurd (Reyer): Un souvenir poignant                            0260            5569
1957    Cid (Massenet): O souverain                                     0260            5636
2032    Musique lointaine (Roubaud)                                     0264
2185    Lohengrin (Wagner): Récit du Graal                              0264
2033    Sigurd (Reyer): Esprits gardiens                                0265            0804     5569
2036    Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Salut, tombeau                      0265            0804     Act X95
2180    Siegfried (Wagner): Chant de la forge                           0266            0822     Act X95
2184    Walküre (Wagner): Chanson du printemps                          0266
2236    Pasifal (Wagner): Une arme seule                                0272            0822     5560
2238    Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): L'aube vermeille           0272
????    Tannhäuser (Wagner): retour de Rome, pt 1                       0278
????    Tannhäuser (Wagner): retour de Rome, pt 2                       0278
2376    Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Où Tristan va se rendre            0286
2494    Götterdämmerung (Wagner): Mort de Siegfried                     0286            5641
2475    Lohengrin (Wagner): Les adieux de Lohengrin                     0287            5641
2491    Soleil de France (Büsser)                                       0287
????    Fille de Roland (Rabaud): Chanson d'épée                        3162            5655
????    Hymne à la France (Büsser)                                      3162            5655
????    Joseph (Méhul): Vainement, Pharson, pt 1                        0427
????    Joseph (Méhul): Vainement, Pharson, pt 2                        0427
1649    Attaque du Moulin (Bruneau): Adieux à la forêt                  0428
1650    Hérodiade (Massenet): Air de Jean                               0428
????    Lohengrin (Wagner): Récit du Graal, pt 1                        0429            Act X92
????    Lohengrin (Wagner): Récit du Graal, pt 2                        0429            Act X92
N250076 Lohengrin (Wagner): Scène du Graal, pt 1 (80)                   0719
N250077 Lohengrin (Wagner): Scène du Graal, pt 2 (80)                   0719
??????? Lohengrin (Wagner): Adieu, cher cygne, pt 1                     0720
??????? Lohengrin (Wagner): Adieu, cher cygne, pt 2                     0720
??????? Joseph (Méhul): Vainement, Pharson, pt 1                        0723
??????? Joseph (Méhul): Vainement, Pharson, pt 2                        0723
??????? Siegfried (Wagner): Murmures de la forêt, pt 1                  7235
??????  Siegfried (Wagner): Murmures de la forêt, pt 2                  7235
250126  Tannhäuser (Wagner): Retour de Rome, pt 1                       7237
250127  Tannhäuser (Wagner): Retour de Rome, pt 2                       7237
250097  Parsifal (Wagner): Hagards, mes yeux voient                     7238
250098  Parsifal (Wagner): Une arme seule est sûre                      7238

Columbia
WL2024-1  Fille de Roland (Rabaud): Chanson des épées                   LF23
WL2220-1  Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): L'aube vermeille         LF23
WL2344-1  Siegfried (Wagner): Nothung! Glaive rêve! (75)                LF45
WL2345-1  Siegfried (Wagner): Chant de la forge (75)                    LF45
WL2522-1  Noël (Adam)                                                   DF253
WL2520-1  Les rameaux (Faure) (75)                                      DF255
WL2529-1  Hosanna (Granier) (75)                                        DF255
WLX642-4  Sigurd (Reyer): Le bruit des chants (75)                      LFX56
WLX1351-1 Hérodiade (Massenet): Ne pouvant réprimer (75)                LFX56
N250242   Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Scène de la meule, pt 1       X90043
          (w. chorus)
N250243   Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns): Scène de la meule, pt 2       X90043
N250251   Sigurd (Reyer): Le bruit des chants                           X90048
N250252   Hérodiade (Massenet): Ne pouvant réprimer X90048
Refrence for the discography 78opera.com.

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