Albert Giriat

Picture of Albert Giriat's playbill
Why the playbill (which is from Algiers) calls him "André" is mysterious. His first name was Albert, he was born in Villeurbanne on December 12th, 1910, and was hired by the Opéra-Comique in 1938 and by the Opéra in 1943. A promising career on the outset, cut short when he crashed with his car and died. I have no date for his death; the playbill above is said to be from 1948, but I doubt it and think he was already dead by then; from his appearances in Paris, I guess he died in late 1944 or early 1945.
Reference: Art Lyrique Français
Picture source: the incredible collection of Claude-Pascal Perna
I want to thank Claude Ridou for the playbill.

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