Caroline Carvalho


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(b Marseilles, 31 Dec 1827; d Château-Puys, nr Dieppe, 10 July 1895). French soprano. She studied first with her father, François Félix-Miolan, an oboist, and then with the tenor Gilbert Duprez at the Paris Conservatoire, where she won a premier prix in singing. After touring France with Duprez (1848–9) she made her stage début in a benefit performance for him at the Opéra on 14 December 1849, singing in the first act of Lucia di Lammermoor and the trio from the second act of La Juive. She was immediately engaged by the Opéra-Comique. In 1853 she married Léon Carvalho (after their marriage she began to use the name Caroline Carvalho rather than Marie Miolan). From 1856 until 1867 she sang at the Théâtre Lyrique, creating four Gounod heroines: Marguerite in Faust (1859), in which her smooth, light lyric voice and excellent coloratura were well displayed, Baucis in Philémon et Baucis (1860), Mireille (1864) and Juliette (1867). Her other successful roles at the Lyrique included Zerlina, Cherubino and Pamina.


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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