Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 5, 2014

Marie Lafargue (Soprano) (Bayonne 1871- ? 1913)

She studied at the Paris Conservatory and made her debut in ‘’Otello’’ (Desdemona) on 19 April 1895 at the Paris Opera. She remained at the Paris Opera until 1899 and sang Aida, Donna Anna, and Valentine. In 1903 she sang in ‘’Faust’’ (Marguerite) at the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt. She made her Opéra-Comique debut in the title role in ‘’Carmen’’ (4 June 1905) and remained at the Opéra-Comique until 1912, singing in ‘’Werther’’, ‘’Cavalleria rusticana’’, ‘’Les contes d'Hoffman’’, ‘’La Navarraise’’, and ‘’Tosca’’. In addition to her Paris performances, Lafargue sang in many of the major French provincial houses as well as in Brussels, Buenos Aires, and Cairo. She died at the height of her career.

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Paris Grand Opera Otello (Desdemona)
1903 Paris Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt Faust (Marguerite)
1905 Paris Opera-Comique Carmen (Micaela)


Gramophone, Paris 1912-11-26
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Dans la nuit tout seul with Andre Gresse 034183 02591v
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Je courais t'avertir with Andre Gresse 034184 02592v

Gramophone, Paris 1912-12-11
La Poupée de Nuremberg (Audran): Pour la valse weith Alfred Maguenat  034170 W264

Gramophone, Paris 1912-12-17
Les Bavards (Offenbach): C'est l'Espagne qui nous donne 033163 02631v

Gramophone, Paris 1912-12-24
Cid (Massenet): O jours de première tendresse with Leon Beyle 034175 02639v

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