(b Paris, 13 Jan 1815; d Paris, 29 July 1903). French mezzo-soprano. She was discovered at the age of 12 by Alexandre Choron, who took her into his voice class. At 16 she left to perform opera and spoken theatre in Belgium and the Netherlands. In 1836 she appeared as Rachel in Fromental Halévy's La Juive opposite Adolphe Nourrit at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. Nourrit's admiration probably helped her procure a contract at the Paris Opéra, where she made her début, again as Rachel, in 1837. At the Opéra she created the roles of Ascanio in Hector Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini (1838), Marguerite in Daniel Auber's Le lac des fées (1839), Léonor in Gaetano Donizetti's La favorite (1840), and Zayda in his Dom Sébastien (1843), as well as singing in premières of Halévy's Guido et Ginevra (1838), La reine de Chypre (1841), Charles VI (1843) and Le lazzarone (1844). Other roles included Donna Anna, Isolier in Gioachino Rossini's Le comte Ory, Desdemona (in his Otello), and Valentine in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.