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Luccioni José
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Initially he was a racing car driver and mechanic at the Citroën car company. His beautiful voice was discovered while he was serving in the military. He became student of Léon David and Léon Escalaïs in Paris and made his debut in 1931 at the Opera of Rouen as Cavaradossi. In 1932 he sang one season at the Grand Opéra Paris. In 1933 he was under contract at the Opéra-Comique. He had great success there in 1934 as José. In 1935 he sang the same role at the Covent Garden Opera in London as a partner of Conchita Supervia. During his career he sang José more than 500 times, including in Amsterdam in 1936. He spent much of 1935 -1937 in Italy, mostly at the Opera of Rome, but also in other important theatres. In 1937 he cooperated at the Festival of Verona. Between 1934 and 1950, he was a frequent guest at the Opera of Monte Carlo, among others, together with Fedor Schaljapin in Musorsky's Boris Godunov. He sang at the Teatro Liceo Barcelona and in 1936 at the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires. In 1937-38 he was engaged at the opera of Chicago. His success at the Grand Opéra as Roland in Massenet's Esclarmonde in 1941 followed that in 1934 as Otello. He specialized more and more on the difficult 'Heldentenor' roles. After the second World War he had roles in several sound movies and following his singing career he served as the Director of the Opera in Nice. Luccioni's son Jacques (January 25, 1930 Paris) was first an actor, but studied singing at the Conservatoire de Paris and made his debut in 1956 at the Opéra-Comique Paris as José in Carmen, then at the Grand Opéra Paris as Narraboth in R. Strauss' Salome and as Dimitrij in "Boris Godunov". He gave guest appearances in theatres in the French province, in Belgium and in Switzerland. In 1960 he changed to baritone and took on such roles as Marcello, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Valentin. In 1962 he ended his singing career and worked as a stage director at French and foreign theatres. Lit: P. Mancini: "José Luccioni" (Paris 1966, 1978). José Luccioni's voice was captured on records of the labels Polydor, HMV, Columbia-Pathé (in 1947 the complete Saint-Saëns' opera Samson et Dalila).

 

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