Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Nov 21, 2014

Léonie Tanésy (Soprano) (? 1860 - ? 1942)

She received her education at the Paris Conservatoire. In 1887 she made her debut at the Opera House in Lyon, where she remained during two seasons. Then she was engaged by the Opera House in Marseille and appeared in the 1892-1893 season at the Grand Opéra in Paris. Till 1895 she sang at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, where she sang among other things in 1894 the roel of Isolde in R. Wagner’s ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’. Then she returned to France and now was to be found above all at the Opera House in Marseille, however, guested also at the other famous opera houses in the French province. Her repertoire included Valentine in ‘’Huguenots’’ of  G. Meyerbeer, Rachel in ‘’La Juive’’ of F. Halévy, Brunehilde in ‘’Sigurd’’ of E. Reyer, the title role in ‘’Salammbô’’ of the same composer, Dolorès in ‘’Patrie!’’ of Paladilhe.

Chronology of some appearances

1887-1888 Lyon  Opera House
1892-1893 Paris  Grand Opéra
1894-1895 Brussels  Théâtre de la Monnaie


Pathe cylinders, Paris 1902/1903
Faust (Gounod): Trio final with Maurice Vallade and Rene Fournets 0759
Sigurd (Reyer) Duo de la fontaine with Agustarello Affre 0731

Dutreih cylinders, Paris 1903?
Faust (Gounod): Anges purs (Trio final)  with Minvielle and Marius Chambon 150.699  

Pathe, Paris
Robert le Diable (Meyerbeer): Quand j'ai quittai la Normandie 8311
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Sombre forêt desert triste  8352 
Sigurd (Reyer): Sigurd, les dieux dans leurs clémence  8312    

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