Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 8, 2016

Edmée Favart (Soprano) (Paris, France 1879 – Marseille, France 1941)

Her father Edmond Favart appeared as baritone. She made her debut at the age of 15 at the Théâtre des Variétés in Paris in ‘’Le petit Duc’’ of Ch. Lecocq. Then she appeared in Brussels and at the Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique in Paris. She continued her education with the pedagogues Hettich and Isnardon. In 1912 and 1914 she guested at the Paris Grand Opéra in gala performances of operettas. She become known by her shining appearances at the famous operetta theaters of the French metropolis (Théâtre Mogador, Théâtre Châtelet, Théâtre Marigny). In 1923 she sang at the Théâtre des Variétés the title role in the premiere of the operetta ‘’Ciboulette’’ of Reynaldo Hahn. In 1915 she was engaged by the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where she sang regularly up to 1925 (debut as Mignon of A. Thomas). At Opéra-Comique her repertoire included Cherubino in ‘’Nozze di Figaro’’, Despina in’’ Così fan tutte’’, Rose Friquet in ‘’Les Dragons de Villars’’ of Maillart, Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’, Rozenn in ‘’Le Roi d'Ys’’ of Lalo, Mimi in ‘’La Bohème’’, Manon of Massenet, Colette in ‘’La Basoche’’ of A. Messager, Hélène in ‘’Véronique’’ of the same composer and Cathérine in the premiere of the opera ‘’La Rôtisserie de la Reine Pedauque’’ by Ch. Levadé (1920). In 1917 she appeared at the Municipal Theater of Zurich. In 1940 she left Paris and went to Marseille, where she died soon.

Chronology of some appearances

1912 Paris Grand Opera
1914 Paris Grand Opera
1915-1925 Paris Opera-Comique


Pathé, Paris 1911?
Le voyage à Robinson (Collin) 0978

Pathé, Paris 1919 - 1921
Pâris, ou Le Bon Juge (Terrasse): Couplets du panache 2048
Véronique (Messager): Couplets d'Estelle 0294
Petit Duc (Lecocq): Rondeau de la paysanne 2020
Mme L'Archiduc (Offenbach): Où ja vais, j' n'en savais rien 2026
Mam'zelle Nitouche (Hervé): Babet et Cadet 2020

Pathé, Paris 1923 - 1926
Ciboulette (Hahn): Moi, j' m'appel' Ciboulette  2065
François les Bas-Bleus (Messager): Fanchon! (w. Ponzio) 2559
Mam'zelle Nitouche (Hervé): Le petit soldat de plomb (w. Vilbert) 2561

Pathé, Paris 1927 - 1931
Cloches de Corneville (Planquette): Chanson des cloches 2234
Fille de Mme Angot (Lecocq): Couplet de la dispute 2167 201085
Périchole (Offenbach): O mon cher amant 2166

Pathé, Paris 1932
Sidonie Panache (Szulc): C'est Rosalie 90018

Pathé, Paris
Passionnément (Messager): L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Couplets de Julia) X91033 N203557

1 comment:

  1. Hers is a light, airy voice that reflects a bright, vivacious personality; she is full of fun, perhaps even flirtatious, and she engages her audience with a wink of an eye. Simply delightful.