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(b Dunkirk, 4 April 1799; d Chantilly, 7 Sept 1867). French soprano. She sang in French provincial towns from 1814 to 1822, when she joined the Théâtre du Gymnase-Dramatique in Paris, taking lessons with the elder Manuel García before making her appearance on 3 April 1823 in a pasticcio by Castil-Blaze. She then went to Italy, studying further in Milan and singing in the première of Giacomo Meyerbeer's Il crociato in Egitto (1824, Venice); she also created four Bellini roles: Bianca (Bianca e Gernando; 1826, Naples), Imogene (Il pirata; 1827, Milan), Alaide (La straniera; 1829, Milan) and the title role in Zaira (1829, Parma). Her London début was at the King's Theatre on 17 April 1830 in Il pirata but, according to H. F. Chorley, her voice was past its best. Later that year she appeared at the Théâtre Italien, and in 1831 she again sang in London and Paris, where she was admired as Semiramide. She continued to sing in Italy and Spain, but retired shortly after creating the title role in Lucrezia Borgia (1833, Milan). In her prime she was a brilliant dramatic singer, with a fine technique and a powerful stage presence.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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