Paul Razavet

27 July 1882 Auray – 1957

Picture of Paul Razavet

Razavet made his debut in Verviers as Faust on 22 December 1911 with D. Beumer, Bouxmann and Cadio. It was followed by Il barbiere di Siviglia on 14 January 1912 with D. Beumer, Kistermann, L. Nyssen and Storel. There was another Faust on 21 March 1912 with D. Beumer, Auriol and Bruls.

He was drafted during the First World War.

After the war, Ravazet was hired by La Monnaie in 1918, where he stayed until 1924. There, Ravazet created Fenton (7 December 1920), Ange Pitou (La fille de Madame Angot, 13 April 1921), Ferrando (8 February 1923), Paolo (Francesca da Rimini, 9 November 1923) and Le chevalier Printemps (Songe d'une nuit d'hiver by Auguste de Boeck, 21 December 1923).

Razavet came back to Verviers for the 1920/21 and 1922/23 seasons. He sang on 22 January 1921 in Manon with L. Berelly, L. Richard and Daman, and in La traviata on 4 January 1923 with G. Villiers amd Médac.

Ravazet made his debut at the Opéra-Comique on 3 July 1924 as Werther, he sang there Rodolfo, Turiddu, Gérald, Hoffmann, Julien, Pinkerton, des Grieux (Manon), Canio, Mylio, Cavaradossi, José and Wilhelm Meister.

He retired in 1932 and settled in Paris teaching singing. Among his students were Gérard Serkoyan and Lucien Ruelland (1911–1999).

He recorded for Pathé.
Reference: Georges Cardol Cent ans d'art lyrique à Verviers

Paul Razavet sings Les huguenots: Plus blanche que la blanche hermine

Paul Razavet sings Pagliacci: Me grimer

Paul Razavet sings Tosca: Le ciel luisait d'étoiles
In RA format
Pathé, Paris, June 1923
73  Tosca (Puccini): O de beautés égales                         0364
74  Tosca (Puccini): Le ciel luisait d'étoiles                   0365
75  Werther (Massenet): J'aurais sur ma poitrine                 0365
107 Werther (Massenet): Invocation                               0374
108 Orphée et Euridice (Gluck): J'ai perdu mon Euridice          0363
111 Rigoletto (Verdi): Conmme la plûme au vent                   0364
112 Mignon (Thomas): Adieu, Mignon, courage                      0363
234 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Pauvre Paillasse                    0375
235 Les huguenots (Meyerbeer): Plus blanche                      0375
239 L'Africaine (Meyerbeer): J'ai vu, nobles seigneurs           0372
248 Manon (Massenet): Ah fuyez, douce image                      0372
250 Mireille (Gounod): Anges du paradis                          0374
254 Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Ah, lêve-toi, soleil             0373
255 Les contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): O Dieu, de quelle ivresse 0373
I would like to thank Georges Cardol for the recording (Tosca) and picture (top).
Source for the discography: Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien

Source for the picture (bottom): Forgotten Opera Singers

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