Louise Edvina


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(b Montreal, 1880; d London, 13 Nov 1948). Canadian soprano. She studied with Jean De Reszke in Paris. She made her début as Marguerite (Faust) in 1908 at Covent Garden, where she sang every season until 1914, and again in 1919, 1920 and 1924. She was the first London Louise, Thaïs, Maliella (I gioielli della Madonna), Francesca da Rimini (Riccardo Zandonai) and Fiora in L'amore dei tre re (Italo Montemezzi). Her repertory also included Tosca, Desdemona and Mélisande. She sang with the Boston Opera (1911–13), appearing also in its Paris season in 1914; in Chicago (1915–17); and once at the Metropolitan (1915) as Tosca. Her last operatic performance was in that role at Covent Garden in 1924. Her pure, refined singing was enhanced by her attractive stage personality. Among her recordings, her ‘Depuis le jour’ from Louise stands out for its delicacy and imagination.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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