Marie Antier


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(b Lyons, 1687; d Paris, 3 Dec 1747). French soprano. Trained as a singer and actress by Marie Le Rochois, she made her début at the Opéra in the 1711 revival of Michel de la Barre's La vénitienne (1705). For the next 30 years she sang major roles in up to five productions each season, and she retired with a generous pension at Easter 1741. After her début she was immediately given important roles in new productions beginning with André Campra's Idomenée (1712) and Joseph-François Salomon's Médée et Jason (1713); 23 years later she sang the same role, Cléone, in a revival of the Salomon opera and was warmly praised by the Mercure (Dec 1736). Antier appeared in almost two dozen Lully revivals; at one performance of the 1713–14 revival of Armide (1686) she had the honour of presenting the victorious Marshal of Villars with a laurel crown. In 1720 she became première actrice of the Académie Royale de Musique and in the following year she was appointed a musicienne de la chambre du roi, a post that required her to sing at Versailles, Marly and Fontainebleau.


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