Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 20, 2015

Mireille Berthon (Soprano) (Paris, France 1889 - Paris, France 1955)

She received her education at the Conservatoire of Paris by Louise Grandjean, Hettich and A. Saléza. Then she studied the Italian repertoire under Angelica Pandolfini in Milan. In 1917 she made her debut at the Grand Opéra in Paris in the title part of the opera ‘’Thaïs’’ of J. Massenet. In 1918 she sang at the Opéra de Rouen in the premiere of the opera ‘’Ninon de Lenclos’’ of Mainguenant. In 1920 she had a huge success at the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, where she appeared as Manon, Thaïs and Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’. She also made guest appearances in Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo. Then she came back to France, sang at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in ‘’La damnation de Faust’’. At Vichy she appeared in ‘’La Fille de Madame Angot’’ of Lecocq. In 1922 she became a member of the Grand Opéra in Paris, where she performed 15 years. In 1937 she changed to the Opéra-Comique, where she was highly appreciated. She made guest appearances also in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Italy and North Africa. She died suddenly.

Chronology of some appearances

1917 Paris Grand Opéra
1918 Opéra de Rouen
1920 Buenos Aires Teatro Colón
1922 Paris Grand Opéra


Gramophone, Paris 10-4-24
Thaïs (Massenet): Ah, tais-toi, voix impitoyable 33980 P509
Thaïs (Massenet): Ah, je suis seule 33979 P509

Gramophone, Paris 11-12-24
Faust (Gounod): Seigneur, daigne permettre (Scène de l'église, pt 1) with Tubiana & chorus W619 034270
Faust (Gounod): Que dirai-je alors au Seigneur (d:o, pt 2) with Tubiana &chorus W619 034271

Gramophone, Paris 19-10-26
La Tosca (Puccini): D'art et d'amour 2-33031 P687

Gramophone, Paris 5-6-28
La belle Hélène (Offenbach): Amours divins  033293 W973
La Fille de Madame Angot (Lecocq ): Légende de la Mère Angot 2-33072 P769

Gramophone, Paris 23-10-28
Armide (Gluck): Ah, si la liberté 033300 W992

Gramophone, Paris 31-10-28
La Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Autrefois un roi de Thulé PII 2-33086 P806
La Damnation de Faust (Berlioz): Autrefois un roi de Thulé PI 2-33085 P806

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