Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 10, 2016

Berthe Lowelly (Soprano) (Paris, France 1884 - ?)

Originally she wanted to become violinist for which she studied until M. Berthelier at the Conservatoire National de Paris until her singing voice was discovered. She began vocal training Mme Pierron-Danbé and made her debut in 1908 at the Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique in Paris as Anna in "La Dame blanche" of Boieldieu. Her appearance was so successful, that she was engaged by this theater to perform next three seasons. Here among other things her repertoire included Lucia di Lammermoor, Queen Marguerite in ‘’Huguenots’’, Françoise in ‘’L'Attaque du moulin’’, parts in ‘’Quo vadis?’’, ‘’La Vivandière’’ and ‘’L'Africaine’’. She married the baritone Raymond Boulogne who also appeared at the Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique. After successful appearances in Toulouse and Aix-les-Bains she joned in 1913 to the Opéra-Comique in Paris, where she had a shining debut as Philine in ‘’Mignon’’. She remained at this opera house many seasons and guested among other things in 1924 at the Opera House in Ghent as Marguerite de Valois in ‘’Huguenots’’. After her retirement she worked as pedagogue in Paris.

Chronology of some appearances

1908-1911 Paris Théâtre Gaîté-Lyrique
1913 Paris Opéra-Comique
1924 Ghent Opera House 


Edison 2-min cylinder, Paris 1908?
Fille du Régiment (Donizetti): Salut à la France 18033
Noces de Jeannette (Massé): Cours mon aiguille 18053

Edison 4-min cylinder, Paris 1909?
Manon (Massenet): Je suis encore tout étourdie 17037 BA 27029
Rigoletto (Verdi): Air de Gilda 17062 BA 27050

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