Julien Pierre Bernard Cousinou, called Robert Cousinou, was a French baritone. He was born on October 2, 1888, and he died on April 23, 1944.
Unfortunately, there is very little information about Cousinou on the internet. He studied under maître Darquier. He entered the Paris Conservatory in 1908 as a pupil of Max Bouvet, he made his debut at the Opéra Comique on January 11, 1912, and he became a member of the Opéra on June 9, 1913. He became one of the most prominent baritones of his day.
In 1918, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Valentin in Faust. He also appeared at Covent Garden in London for a season, and afterward, he returned to l’Opéra Comique in Paris. For the most part, he remained in France, and after his career had ended, he became a professor at the Paris Conservatory.
The reason that I am posting about him is that he had a rich baritone voice, and his singing in French was wonderful. It is not over-nasalized. He sang with a relaxed vocal apparatus, which allowed him to produce very resonant sound.