Germaine Cernay


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(b Le Havre, 1900; d Paris, 1943). French mezzo-soprano. At the Paris Opéra in 1925 she sang Eurycleia in Fauré's Pénélope but for most of her career was at the Opéra-Comique, where she made her début in Franco Alfano's Risurrezione with Mary Garden in 1927. She appeared there in the French stage première of Pierre de Bréville's Eros vainqueur (1932) and also sang Charlotte in Werther, Mignon and Carmen as well as many secondary parts such as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Mallika in Lakmé. She enjoyed some success at the Monnaie in Brussels and had a special reputation as a singer of J.S. Bach. Her strong, bright-toned voice and forthright rather than subtle style can be heard in recordings which include the roles of Mignon and Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande).

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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