Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

Feb 18, 2014

Rose Caron (Soprano) (Monnerville 1857 - Paris 1930)






She began her education in 1882 at the Paris Conservatoire under Tharset and then with Marie Sasse. She married quite young the pianist M. Caron and appeared during her whole career under this name (although she had separated from M. Caron). In 1880 she gave in Paris her first concert; her stage debut took place in 1883 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie of Brussels as Alice in ‘’Robert le Diable’’ of Meyerbeer. She sang on 7. 1. 1884 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie of Brussels in the premiere of the opera ‘’Sigurd’’ of  Reyer (as Brunehild). She appeared in Brussels among other things as Valentina in ‘’Huguenots’’, Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ of Gounod, Rachel in ‘’La Juive’’ of Halévy, Norma and Eva in ‘’Meistersingers’’ (1885, in French language). In 1885 she was engaged by the Grand Opéra of Paris. The composer Ernest Reyer had insisted on the fact that she created the Brunehild there in the première of his opera ‘’Sigurd’’. Here she sang in 1887 roles like Rachel, Valentina, Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ and Cathérine in ‘’Henri VIII’’ of  Saint-Saëns. She went again to the Théâtre de la Monnaie of Brussels, where she appeared  now on 25. 2. 1888 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Jocelyn’’ of Godard as Lawrence and appeared on 10. 2. 1890 in the premiere of the Reyer’s ‘’Salammbô’’. In 1890 she appeared at the Grand Opéra, and now she sang there with triumphs, in particular as a Wagnerian soprano. She created at the Grand Opéra in 1891 the role of Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’, in 1892 the role of Sieglinde  in ‘’ Walkure’’, in 1894 Desdemona in Verdi’s ‘’Otello’’ and in 1896 the title role in the premiere of the opera ‘’Helle’’ of Duvernoy. Till 1897 she belonged to the ensemble of the Grand Opera in Paris, where she was still to be heard till 1909. In 1894 she appeared there in the premiere of the opera ‘’Djelma’’ of Charles Lefebvre. In 1892 she sang at the Opéra-Comique of Paris among other things in ‘’Orpheus’’ of Gluck, then also the title role in ‘’Iphigénie en Tauride’’ of  Gluck (1900) and the Leonore in ‘’Fidelio’’ (1898). In  the 1898-1902 seasons she made guest appearances at the Opera House of Monte Carlo appearing in ‘’Amy Robsart’’, ‘’Fidelio’’, ‘’Otello’’, ‘’La damnation de Faust’’ and ‘’Lohengrin’’ (1902). From 1901-09 she worked as a professor at the Paris Conservatoire. She made 7 records for Zonophone (1902) and Odeon (1904).

Chronology of some appearances

1883 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Robert le Diable (Alice)
1884 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Sigurd (Brunehild)
1885 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Meistersingers (Eva)
1885 Paris Grand Opéra
1888 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Jocelyn
1890 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Salammbô
1890 Paris Grand Opéra
1891 Paris Grand Opéra Lohengrin (Elsa)
1892 Paris Opéra-Comique Orpheus (-)
1892 Paris Grand Opéra Walkure (Sieglinde)
1894 Paris Grand Opéra Otello (Desdemona)
1896 Paris Grand Opéra Helle (-)
1897-1909 Paris Grand Opéra


RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Zonophone, Paris 1902 (late).
Sigurd (Reyer): Des présents de Günther X-2094
Myrto (Delibes) X-2096

Fonotipia, Paris 1904-12-20
Prière (Gounod) 39096 XPh521
Hellé (Duvernoy): Cantilène 39114 XPh522
Sigurd (Reyer): Des présents de Günther 39097 XPh523


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