Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 21, 2015

Berthe César (Soprano)

She studied singing under Frédéric Boyer in France. In the 1900-1905 seasons she appeared in Ghent. In Antwerp she sang in the premieres of  the operas ‘’Messaline’’ by I. de Lara and F. Cilèa’s ‘’Adriana Lecouvreur’’. Then she made guest appearances in Bordeaux and Lyon. In 1908 she made her debut at the Paris Opéra-Comique and appeared there as Manon, Lakmé, Rosina, and Violetta. At the Opéra de Marseille she sang till 1918. As a guest, she sang frequently in many French houses and also was on the Monte Carlo roster in 1916 as C. Gounod’s Mireille.

Chronology of some appearances

1900-1905 Ghent Opera
1906? Antwerp Opera
1908 Paris Opéra-Comique


Gramophone, Paris 1911-10-31
Manon (Massenet): Toi! Vous! with Leon Campagnola 034120 Y28
Manon (Massenet): N'est-ce plus ma main with Leon Campagnola 034111 Y28

Gramophone, Paris 1911-11-03
Manon (Massenet): J'écris à mon père with Leon Campagnola 34290 U22

Gramophone, Paris 1912-09-05
Faust (Gounod): Divine pureté with Leon Campagnola and Paul Payan 034153 Y12

Gramophone, Paris 1912-09-12
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Console-toi, pauvre âme with Leon Campagnola 034156  Y34
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): Où suis-je with Leon Campagnola 034155 Y34 

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