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(b St Denis, Ile de Bourbon [now Ile de la Réunion], 16 Nov 1831; d Madrid, 4 Dec 1867). French mezzo-soprano. She studied with Gilbert Duprez at the Paris Conservatoire and in 1849 won the premier prix for opera. In 1850 she made her début at the Teatro Carignano, Turin, as Emilia in Saverio Mercadante's La vestale. She appeared in Luisa Miller at the Théâtre Italien in 1852, and the next year began a three-year engagement at Covent Garden, where she made her début as Gondì in Maria di Rohan and sang in the English premières of Rigoletto and Benvenuto Cellini. In 1854–6 she sang in Spain and North America, then for two years at the Théâtre Italien. On 15 May 1858 she returned to Covent Garden to sing Urbain (Les Huguenots) at the gala opening of the present theatre, where she continued to appear until 1864. Giacomo Meyerbeer and Gounod wrote her additional music for productions there of Dinorah (1859) and Faust (1863). She was the first Preziosilla in La forza del destino (1862, St Petersburg), and had a wide repertory of comic, dramatic and travesty roles.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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