Emma Luart


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(b Brussels, 14 Aug 1892; d Brussels, 26 Aug 1968). Belgian soprano. She trained at the Brussels Conservatory and after singing in the summer season at Ostend in 1913 made her official début at The Hague the following year. From 1918 to 1922 she sang at La Monnaie in Brussels, appearing mostly in lyric roles such as Louise, Mélisande and Manon, which became her most famous part. She then transferred to the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where she remained till World War II. Her début role there was Lakmé, and premières in which she took a leading part included Marcel Samuel-Rousseau's Le bon roi Dagobert and Gabriel Pierné's one-act Sophie Arnould. At Monte Carlo in 1923 she sang in the first performances outside Russia of Modest Musorgsky's The Fair at Sorochintsï with John McCormack. On her retirement she taught singing in Brussels. A characteristically bright ‘French’ voice is heard in her recordings along with a touching expressiveness, especially in the excerpts from Manon.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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