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Mesplé, Mady

Max Loppert

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.18486

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( b Toulouse, March 7, 1931). French soprano . She studied at the Toulouse Conservatoire, and in 1953 joined the Walloon Opera, Liège, making her début as Lakmé. After three seasons she was engaged by La Monnaie, Brussels, playing Lucia and the Queen of Night. In 1956 she first appeared at the Opéra-Comique and in 1958 at the Opéra, in such roles as Sister Constance (Poulenc’s Les dialogues des Carmélites), Oscar, Gilda, Sophie, and the Fire, Princess and Shepherdess in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. She sang throughout Europe and the USA in roles such as Mireille, Philine (Mignon) and Ophelia. A high soprano of unusual distinction, with an individuality of timbre and a refinement of phrase beyond the usual coloratura singer, she was also a noted concert performer and recitalist, including in her adventurous 20th-century repertory Webern’s cantatas.

Mesplé has made delightful recordings of many French operettas; her other recordings include Satie’s ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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