(b Berlin, 18 June 1755; d Paris, 22 Sept 1821). French soprano. Her father, François Jacques Lefèbvre, was a dancer at the Paris Opéra, and she began her own career as a dancer. André Grétry advised her to become a singer and oversaw her studies with the soprano Marie Favart. Grétry wrote an ariette for her in Lucile, which was performed at the Comédie-Italienne in 1769, and she made her official début there in 1774 as Pauline in his opera Silvain. After a brief marriage in 1776 to actor and writer Jean-Baptiste-Henri Gourgaud, known as Dugazon, she sang under that name for the rest of her career. For political reasons she did not sing on the stage in 1792–4.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.