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JOBIN, RAOUL, 1906-1974
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Raoul Jobin fonds.  - 1926-1968.  - 3 textual records.  - 1 photograph.  - 333 audio discs. 

Biographical sketch
Tenor, professor, administrator and senior civil servant born in Quebec, Raoul Jobin (born Joseph Roméo) began to study singing with Louis Gravel and Émile Larochelle.  In the late 1920s, he continued his artistic training in Paris with Ms. d'Estainville-Rousset (singing) and Abby Chéreau (production).  In 1930 the artist made his professional debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in an oratorio by Liszt, and at the Opéra in Roméo et Juliette.  Upon his return to Quebec in 1931, Jobin performed with the G. De Foe troupe, the Société canadienne d'opérette and the San Carlo Opera Company, with which he took part, for example, in performances of Faust, Rigoletto and Pagliacci .  In 1934 he became the first tenor at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, and until 1939 was engaged by numerous French opera houses.  A celebrated tenor, he subsequently performed in Canada, the United States (Metropolitan Opera, 1940-50), South America, Europe and North Africa.  In 1957 he was appointed a professor at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montréal and Québec City, where he also served as director from 1961 to 1970.  From 1970 to 1973, Raoul Jobin worked for the Quebec government as a cultural consultant. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of Raoul Jobin:  concert programmes; autographed photograph of Raoul Jobin; sound recordings of Raoul Jobin in performance with the Metropolitan Opera (Lakmé, Faust, Louise, Tales of Hoffman, Carmen, Pagliacci, etc.) and on the CBC English radio network.

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Colon Record S.R.L. in 1980; La Scala Autographs Inc., in 1988; and the widow of Raoul Jobin, in 1993 (audio discs). 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  summary list. 

Associated material:  Raoul Jobin fonds (P0357) at the Archives nationales du Québec, Centre d'archives de Québec. 



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