ⓘ Etienne Troy
Etienne Troy, born Toulouse 21 July 1844, died Paris 3 June 1909 was a French baritone opera singer who took numerous small roles in Paris for over 40 years and was later a stage manager at the Opera-Comique.
1. Life and career
The son of a hatter, Troy studied singing at the Paris Conservatoire where in 1864 he won the first prize in the opera-comique competition. In 1865 he joined the Theatre-Lyrique in Paris, where he sang in the premieres of Romeo et Juliette Gregorio by Gounod, and Les Bleuets Don Ruy by Jules Cohen, in 1867. He also sang in the French premieres of Joyeuses Commeres de Windsor by Nicolai and Robin des Bois Der Freischutz by Weber, in 1866.
In 1870s he created roles in a pair of less successful Offenbach operas in 1873 La Jolie Parfumeuse Germain and in 1878 Maitre Peronilla Ripardos.
He joined the Opera-Comique in 1879 where his many creations included an old man in Jean de Nivelle in 1880, Luther in les Contes d’Hoffmann in 1881, a sergeant in Manon in 1884 also singing in the 500th performance in January 1905, a wine grower in Plutus in 1886, Caylus in le Roi malgre lui in 1887, Mauclerc in l’Escadron volant de la Reine in 1888, a saracen envoy in Esclarmonde in 1889, the kings equerry in La Basoche in 1890, Yahn in Kassya in 1893, Maillefer in Le Chevalier d’Harmental in 1896, the pleasures superintendant in Cendrillon in 1899, the first warden in Louise in 1900, and the concierge in la Carmelite in 1902.
Other roles at the Salle Favart included a guard in the Magic Flute, the officer in Le Barbier de Seville, the marquis in La Traviata, Berddret in Fervaal, recruiting master in Une aventure de la Guimard, several small roles in Le Pre-aux-Clercs, Antonio in Les Noces de Figaro, le Dancaïre, a guide and Lillas Pastia in Carmen, Urbain in Richard Coeur de Lion, the minister in les Dragons de Villars, Kaboul in Lalla-Roukh, Antonio in Mignon, the restaurant manager in Sapho, a herald in Phryne and the ferryman in Mireille. He became a stage manager at the Salle Favart in 1893, though continuing to appear on stage in small roles.
Troy became a member of the Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire in 1893, retiring in 1904 and thus becoming an honorary member.
He was the younger brother of Eugene Troy 1836–71, a bass who followed a short but successful career at the same theatres. They both appeared in the premiere of Romeo et Juliette. The two brothers married sisters Emilie Lucie Etienne and Marie Antoinette Viel Eugene.
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