Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 17, 2016

Odette Le Fontenay (Soprano) (Paris, France 1885 - Broward County, Florida 1965)

She made her debut in France. She appeared at the Paris Opéra Comique and left France in 1913 with her husband Philip (Philippe) Coudert, a baritone and vocal pedagogue, a pupil of Jean De Reszke. They went to New York and in the 1916-1917 season she became a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Here she sang only in three operas: ‘’Zauberflöte’’, ‘’Hansel and Gretel’’ and "Figaros Hochzeit". She appeared on stage with her husband in various recitals during next 15 years. She had 3 children with her husband, but they divorced in the thirties. She made a few recordings for Edison and Victor. From 1935 to 1943 she taught singing at the School of Ethel Walker in Simsbury, Connecticut.

Chronology of some appearances

1916-1917  New York Metropolitan Opera


Victor, New York 1917-03-29
La Paimpolaise (Botrel-Feautrier) 69431 B19423
Le petit Grégoire (Botrel) 69431 B19424

Edison, New York 1917-04
Coeur et la Main (Lecocq): Par toi, divine créature with Langevin 74006 BA 28290
Coeur et la Main (Lecocq): Pardonne, et ne sois pas fâchée with Langevin 74006 BA 28274

Victor, New York 1917-05-31
Vous êtes jolie! (Delmet) 69695 B19966
Stances à Manon (Delmet) 69695 B19967

Edison, New York 1917-07-20/25
Chant hindou (Bemberg) 82125 5702-A
Le Nil (Leroux) 82125 BA 28287

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