Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 15, 2014

Jeanne Marié de l'Isle (Mezzo-Soprano) (Paris 1872 – Paris 1926)


Her real name was Jeanne Beugnon. She studied singing under Maurice Jacquet. She made her debut in 1896 at Versailles in A. Maillart’s ‘’Les dragons de Villars’’. She made her debut at Opéra-Comique of Paris in ‘’Lakmé’’ of Delibes opposite American soprano  Marie Van Zandt.  She appeared at Opéra-Comique of Paris till 1917.

Chronology of some appearances

1896 Versailles
1898?-1917 Paris Opéra-Comique


G&T, Paris 1904
Carmen (Bizet) Duo du dernier acte with  Leon Beyle 34126 3969F
Carmen (Bizet) Danse des castagnettes 33445 3288F

Odeon, Paris 1904?
Mignon (Thomas) Connais-tu le pays 33240
Carmen (Bizet) Chanson bohème 33242

G&T, Paris 1905
Carmen (Bizet): Si tu m'aimes, Carmen with Hector Dufranne 34147 5086o

Zonophone, Paris 1905
Marie-Magdeleine (Massenet) O mes soeurs, je veux fuir X-83061
Carmen (Bizet) Habanera X-83078
Carmen (Bizet) Air des cartes X-83079


  1. I have learned that my father was a spy for the OSS working in Paris from 1935 to 1940 . He posed as an opera singer (he actually had a trained operatic voice and sang minor roles in Germany-- Max Birnbaum). A female opera singer who sang at the Paris Opera House in 1940 saved his life. Her first name we believe was Ilse or Alice. She probably also sang in Vienna. Can you help me find her?

  2. Beautiful photos ! Thank you very much :)