Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 28, 2016

Clementine de Vere Sapio (Soprano) (Paris 14. 12. 1864 † New York 19. 1. 1954)

She made her debut in Florence, and also sang in France and Germany. Her extensive American career included a period from 1895 to 1900 when she appeared regularly at the New York Met. Her roles there included Verdi (Violetta, Gilda); Bizet (Micaëla); Wagner (Elsa) and Halévy (Rachel). She had an extensive career in Britain, particularly as leading soprano with the Moody-Manners company. This included several tours to Scotland in which her repertoire included Verdi (Aïda), Wagner (Elisabeth, Elsa), Meyerbeer (Valentine), Halévy (Rachel), Puccini (Mimì) and Gounod (Marguerite). She appeared as Thirza in the British stage premiere of Ethel Smyth's Wreckers, conducted by Beecham (Her Majesty's, London, 1909). In Scotland she also sang extensively in concert (Israel in Egypt in Kirkcaldy 1906) and concert performances of opera (‘’Tannhäuser’’ and ‘’Lohengrin’’ in Perth). She was married to the pianist-conductor Romualdo Sapio.

Chronology of some appearances

1880 Florence Teatro Comunale Mignon (Philine)
1880 Paris Grand Opéra Huguenots (Marguerite de Valois)
1881 Paris Grand Opéra Wilhelm Tell (Mathilde)
1897 London Covent Garden Nozze di Figaro (Susanna)
1897 New York Metropolitan Opera Hamlet (Ophélie)
1900 London Covent Garden Aida (Aida)


Edison, New York
Coeur et la Main (Lecocq): Bolero 82057 3030
Grand Mogol (Audran): Valse des serpents 82057 3066

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