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Louis-Antoine-Eléonore Ponchard by Franck with autograph

Louis-Antoine-Eléonore Ponchard by Franck with autograph
Louis-Antoine-Eléonore Ponchard (1787-1866); French tenor who made his debut in 1812 at the Opera Comique in Paris. He created the role of George Brown in Boieldieu's "La dame blanche" (1825). He was the voice-teacher of the tenors Giovanni Mario and Gustave Roger, soprano Rosina Stoltz and baritone Jean-Baptiste Faure. He was married to the soprano Marie Sophie Collault-Ponchard (1792-1873). Their son, Charles-Marie-August Ponchard, was also a well known tenor and voice-teacher.

The dedication reads as follows:

"souvenir de bonne et vieille amitié

à son vieux camarade et ami Victor"

17 Mars 1865 Ponchard

(Victor Avocat was a stage-manager of the Opéra-Comique).

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