Forgotten Opera Singers

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

Apr 8, 2015

Marcelle Denya (Soprano)




She was a pupil of the famous soprano Felia Litvinne in Paris. In 1923 she made her debut at the Grand Opéra in Paris as Nedda in ‘’Pagliacci’’. She appeared at this house with great success ten years. In 1924 she appeared there in the premiere of the opera ‘’L'Arlequin’’ by M. d'Olonne, one year later she sang in the premiere of the opera ‘’Nerto’’ by Charles-Marie Widor. in 1927 she performed in the French première of G. Puccini’s ‘’Turandot’’ as Liu. She was to be heard since 1931 also at the Opéra-Comique and in classical French operettas in different theaters of the French metropolis. At the Grand Opéra she appeared with success as Stéphano in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’, Papagena, also Pamina in ‘’Zauberflöte’’, Hilda in ‘’Sigurd’’, Princesse in ‘’Marouf’’ and as Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’. At the Opéra-Comique her repertoire included Manon, Rosenn in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’, Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’, Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’ and Cio-Cio-San. In 1936 she guested at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. At Salzburg festival in 1937 she gave a concert with Mozart's arias. In 1938 she undertook concert traveling through Holland and the Scandinavian countries. In 1940 she sang with shining success in New York. She was so successful here, that she remained in North America and been active there as a concert soprano. In 1941 she sang in festival of Montreal in concert performance of Debussy’s ‘’Pelléas et Mélisande’’ and in Requiem of G. Fauré. After the Second World War she visited France, however, remained in New York resident.

Chronology of some appearances

1923 Paris Grand Opéra
1931 Paris Opéra-Comique

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Turandot (Puccini): Un si grand et secret amour D1645 
Turandot (Puccini): Toi, froide et fiere statue  D1645

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