Léon Carrère

1872 Fornex – 9 January 1953 Carbonne

Born Jean-Léon Carrère, he moved to nearby Carbonne early to become a blacksmith apprentice in his older brother's François workshop; "lou haouré" (Occitan for "the blacksmith") would remain his nickname throughout his life.

He started studying voice and music in 1903, first at the Toulouse conservatory, then in Paris with Cazenave, Escalaïs and Saint-Saëns, no less. He made his debut in Nice (perhaps in 1907?), and gave his farewell at the Capitole in Toulouse in 1937. In the thirty years in between, he made a good career throughout France, with guest appearances in Belgium, Germany and Morocco. From 1918 to 1923, he was regularly at the Paris Opéra, singing Radames, Otello, Samson, Arnold, Jean and Manrico. He was considered a specialist for Verdi and Wagner. Carrère is said to have sung more than 100 roles.

Reference 1, reference 2

Picture of le Trouvère program in Rochefort 1922

I want to thank Claude Ribou for the program.
Carrère's Arnold listing

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