Marie Aubry


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(b c1656; d Paris, 1704). French singer. She sang at a young age in the musical establishment of Philip, Duke of Orléans, and first appeared on stage as Diana in Les amours de Diane et d'Endymion by Jean de Granouilhet at Versailles (1671). Her performance impressed Robert Cambert, who cast her as Phyllis in his pastorale Les peines et les plaisirs de l'amour (1671). She created six leading roles in Jean-Baptiste Lully's operas: Aeglé in Thésée (1675), Sangaride in Atys (1676), Io in Isis (1677), Philonoé in Bellérophon (1679), the title role in Proserpine (1680) and Andromeda in Persée (1682). She assumed such a ‘prodigious size’ that she retired in 1684 because ‘she could not walk and appeared toute ronde’ (F. Parfaict: Histoire de l'Académie royale de musique, unpublished).


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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