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Paul-Bernard Barroilhet (22 September 1810, Bayonne - April 1871, Paris) was a French operatic baritone. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris and then with Davide Banderali in Milan. He began his career in Italy during the early 1830s, performing under the name Paolo Barroilhet. He returned to France in 1840 to join the roster of singers at the Opéra National de Paris where he performed under his birth name. He left the Paris Opera in 1847 after difference's with the company's management. Then the very wealthy artist withdrew completely from the stage and worked as a painter and art collector. He came out of retirement briefly for appearances in Madrid in 1851–1852 where he sang Don Carlo in Ernani.[1]

Barroilhet is best remembered today for originating roles in several operas by Gaetano Donizetti and Fromental Halévy. For Donizetti he created Eustachio de Saint-Pierre in L'assedio di Calais (1836), the Lord Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux (1837), Alfonso XI of Castile in La favorite (1840), and Camoëns in Dom Sebastien (1843). The Halevy roles he created include King Lusignan in La reine de Chypre (1841), the title role in the premiere of Charles VI (1843) and Mirobolante in Le lazzarone, ou Le bien vient en dormant (1844). Other world premieres he sang in include Saverio Mercadante's La vestale (Publio) and Elena da Feltre (Guido), Il Conte di Chalais by Giuseppe Lillo, Marie Stuart by Louis Niedermeyer and Richard en Palestine by Adolphe Adam.[1]



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