Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 20, 2014

Madeleine Farrère (Soprano) (?1901- ? 1984)

She studied singing at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and made her debut in 1923 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, where she appeared till 1925. Then she sang in Belgian (Lüttich, Ghent) and French stages (Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice) and was in the 1935-1938 seasons as well as from 1940 to 1941 season member of the Opera House in Antwerp. In 1939 she undertook a tour with which she sang in Puccini's ''La Bohème'' as Mimi and famous tenor Joseph Schmidt (who had fled as a Jew from Germany) the role of Rodolfo. She often appeared in Belgian and French radio stations. In 1954 she performed at the Opera House in Mons (Belgium) in ''Si j'étais Roi'' of Adam and retired from the stage; then she was  active as a vocal pedagogue. The Traviata and Adina belonged to her famous stage roles, also Leila in ''Pêcheurs de perles'' by Bizet. Her real name was Mme Madeleine Gijsen-David.

Chronology of some appearances

1923-1925 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1935-1938 Antwerp Opera House
1940-1941 Antwerp Opera House
1954 Mons Opera House


Traviata (Verdi): Violetta 2e partie X 53098 42196
Traviata (Verdi): Quel est donc ce trouble charmant X 53098 42195

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