- J.B. Steane
(b Parma, Oct 22, 1868; d Parma, March 28, 1928). Italian tenor . The son of the tenor Lodovico Giraud (1846–82), he studied in Parma and made his début as Lohengrin at Vercelli in 1891. His success was rapid and the following year he created Canio (Pagliacci) at the Teatro Dal Verme, Milan. Unlike Fernando Valero, who created Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana, Giraud was not invited to sing the part throughout the world, and when engaged at Monte Carlo in 1897 it was only to sing Cassio to Tamagno’s Otello. Otherwise, appearances abroad were limited to Spain, Portugal and South America. In Italy his reputation as a Wagnerian tenor grew steadily and in 1907 he sang Siegfried in the première at La Scala of Götterdämmerung, under Toscanini. Later in the same season he was also Italy’s first Pelléas. Other premières included Tommasini’s Medea (1906...