Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Nov 24, 2014

Marie Charbonnel (Mezzo-Soprano) (Lyon 1880 - ? 1962)

She received her education at the conservatoire de Lyon and made her debut at the Opéra National de Lyon (1901). She sang in this opera house roles like the Carmen, Amneris in ‘’Aida’’, Azucena in ‘’Il Trovatore’’ and Dalila in ‘’Samson et of Dalila’’ by Saint-Saëns. In 1907 she was engaged by the Grand Opéra in Paris, where as beginning role she sang Dalila in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ by Saint-Saëns. In 1908 she appeared there in the première of R. Wagner’s  ‘’Götterdämmerung’’, one year later in the première of ‘’Rheingold’’ as Erda. Since 1910 she also performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris . Here she sang on  30. 11. 1910 in the premiere of the opera ‘’Macbeth’’ by Ernest Bloch, on 15. 11. 1911 in A. Magnard’s ‘’Bérénice’’ and in 1911 in the première of the opera ‘’L'Ancêtre’’ of Saint-Saëns. She made appearances also at the famous opera houses in the French province and in 1913 she sang at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels.

 Chronology of some appearances

1901 Lyon Opéra National 
1907 Paris Grand Opéra
1910 Paris Opéra-Comique


Odeon, Paris 1911-01-01
La favorite (Donizetti): Léonore, pourquoi tristement baisser les yeux with Francois Mezy X 111206 xP 5423
La favorite (Donizetti): Dans vos palais ma pauvre âme soupire with Francois Mezy X111207 xP 5424

Odeon, Paris 1912-01-01
Louise (Charpentier): Ah! quelle journée with Paul Payan X 111566 xP 6044
Louise (Charpentier): Le bonheur, vois-tu with Paul Payan X 111537 xP 6045
Carmen (Bizet): Air des cartes (Carmen) Voyons que j'essaie à mon tour X 111567 xP 6049
Mireille (Gounod): Voici la saison, mignonne (Couplets de la Sorcière) X 111539 xP 6047

Gramophone, Paris 1913-12-29
Prophete (Meyerbeer): Complainte de la mendiante 33879 P271

Gramophone, Paris 1914-04-07
Sapho (Massenet): Air de la lampe 33889 P201

Gramophone, Paris 1914-04-08
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saлns): Amour viens aider ma faiblesse 033174 S3578

Gramophone, Paris 1920-02-23
Werther (Massenet): Oui, c'est moi (Le retour de Werther) with Rene Lapelletrie 034207  Y58

Gramophone, Paris 1920-02-25
Le crucifix (Faure) with Edouard Rouard and Rene Lapelletrie Y60 03322v

Gramophone, Paris 1925-02-23
Trovatore (Verdi): Mere, tu dors (Madre, nondormi) with Cesar Vezzani W706 034280
Trovatore (Verdi): Oui, la fatigue (Ai nostri monti ) with Cesar Vezzani P2 W706 034281

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