His father Lodovico Giraud (1846–82), was a famous tenor. 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 in ‘’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 Arturo Toscanini. Later in the same season he was also Italy's first Pelléas. Other premières included Vincenzo Tommasini's ‘’Medea’’ (1906, Trieste) and Stefano Donaudy's ‘’Sperduti nel buio’’ (1907, Palermo). His few recordings, which include some Wagner but nothing of Pagliacci, show a strong, vibrant voice used with imagination and skill, though with a limited upper range.
Gramophone, Milano 1916-03-16
Invano (Tosti) 7-52085 R3847
Serenata (Rimpianto) (Toselli) 7-52091 R3851
Ave Maria (Grigolata) 7-52090 R3851
Non m'ama più (Tosti) 7-52086 R3847