Hariclea Darclée


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(b Brăila, 10 June 1860; d Bucharest, 10 or 12 Jan 1939). Romanian soprano. She studied in Paris with Jean-baptiste Faure, and in 1888 made her début at the Opéra in Faust. In 1890 she scored a great success at La Scala in Jules Massenet's Le Cid, and was immediately engaged by all the leading Italian theatres. Between 1893 and 1910 she appeared frequently in Moscow, St Petersburg, Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid and Buenos Aires; she returned several times to La Scala, where in 1892 she created the title role in Alfredo Catalani's La Wally (1892), and to the Costanzi in Rome, where she likewise created the title roles of Tosca (1900) and Pietro Mascagni's Iris (1898). Her repertory ranged from the coloratura soprano roles (Gilda, Ophelia) to the dramatic falcon or heavier Verdi roles (Valentine, Aida), including many others in the Franco-Italian lyric repertory: Violetta, Desdemona, Manon, Manon Lescaut, Mimì and Santuzza.


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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