Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

Jan 12, 2016

Suzanne Balguérie (Soprano) (Le Havre 29 juin 1888, † Saint-Martin-d'Hères 17 février 1973)




After her education at the Conservatoire National de Paris first she was active as a concert singer. She made her debut in 1921 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris as an Ariane in ‘’Ariane et Barbe-Bleue’’ by Dukas. Many years  she was a member of this opera house, later she worked also at the Grand Opéra in Paris. She appeared at the Opéra-Comique in the premiere of the following operas:
1922  Paris Opéra-Comique ‘’Quand la cloche sonnera’’ (Alfred Bachelet)
1923 Paris Opéra-Comique ‘’La brebis égarée’’ (Milhaud)
1924 Paris Opéra-Comique ‘’L'Appel de la mer’’ (Henri Rabaud)
1924 Paris Opéra-Comique ‘’Les Burgraves’’ (Léo Sachs)
In 1925 at the Opéra-Comique she sang with great success the part of Isolde in ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’. In 1934 she performed at the Grand Opéra in the premiere of ‘’La Princesse lointaine’’ by Witkowski. At both opera houses her stage repertoire included Donna Anna in ‘’Don Giovanni’’, Countess in ‘’Nozze di Figaro’’, Brünnhilde in ‘’Walküre’’, Antonia in ‘’Les contes d'Hoffmann’’, Marguerite in’’Faust’’, Tosca and the title role in ‘’Pénélope’’ of G. Fauré. She retired from the stage in 1950 and taught singing at the Conservatoire de Grenoble.

Chronology of some appearances

Opera Premieres:

1922  Paris Opéra-Comique ‘’Quand la cloche sonnera’’ (Alfred Bachelet)
1923 Paris Opéra-Comique ‘’La brebis égarée’’ (Milhaud)
1924 Paris Opéra-Comique ‘’L'Appel de la mer’’ (Henri Rabaud)
1924 Paris Opéra-Comique ‘’Les Burgraves’’ (Léo Sachs)

RECORDINGS FOR SALE









Columbia, Paris
Ariane et Barbe Bleue (Dukas): Oh! Mes clairs diamants LFX23 WLX968
Ariane et Barbe Bleue (Dukas): Ah! Ce n'est pas encore la clarté veritable LFX23 WLX969

Decca, Paris 1931
Alceste (Gluck): Divinités du Styx LY 6065 2006bmp

Decca, Paris 1932
Iphigénie en Tauride (Gluck): O malheureuse Iphigénie LY 6065 2087bmp

Polydor, Paris
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Mort d'Ysault, pt 1 561054 4978BKP
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Mort d'Ysault, pt 2 561054 4979BKP

Sigurd (Reyer): Salut, splendeur du jour, pt 1 561071 5535½BKP
Sigurd (Reyer): Salut, splendeur du jour, pt 2  561071 5536½BKP
Aida (Verdi): Air du Nil p 1 566147 A566147
Aida (Verdi): Air du Nil p 2 566147B566147
Faust (Gounod): Ballade de Thule 67000

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