Adèle Isaac


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(b Calais, 8 Jan 1854; d Paris, 22 Oct 1915). French soprano. She studied with Gilbert Duprez in Paris, making her début in 1870 at the Théâtre Montmartre in Victor Massé's Les noces de Jeannette. In 1873 she first sang at the Opéra-Comique, as Marie (La fille du régiment). She also sang Charles Gounod's Juliet and W.A. Mozart's Susanna, and in 1881 created the four female lover roles (Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta/Stella) in Les contes d'Hoffmann. From 1883 to 1885 she was engaged at the Opéra, where her roles included Ophelia (Hamlet), Marguerite (Faust), Adèle (Le comte Ory), Zerlina, Marguerite de Valois (Les Huguenots), Isabelle (Robert le diable), Ambroise Thomas's Francesca da Rimini and Mathilde (Guillaume Tell). In 1887 she created Minka in Emmanuel Chabrier's Le roi malgré lui at the Opéra-Comique. She retired in 1894. Her brilliant, flexible voice was especially suited to Mozart.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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