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Marguerite Carré [orig. Marguerite Giraud]: French soprano (16 Aug 1880 - 26 Dec 1947): Debut Nantes as Mimi 1899. Her father was the theater director in Nantes. She married/divorced/remarried the director of Paris Opéra-Comique, Albert Carré. She created 15 roles at the Opéra- Comique. First Paris Cio-Cio-San, Snegurochka, and Salud (La vida breve). Mercedes Caspir: Spanish soprano (Barcelona: 20 Jul 1895 - Suzzara: 13 Mar 1969): Supposedly born in the same house (11 years later) as Maria Barrientos. Debut (1914) as Gilda at the Teatro Liceo. World premiere of Il Re (1929: La Scala). She sang at La Scala from 1924 to 1934. Never sang in the U.S.. Composed music. Very large coloratura voice. She was famous for her Gilda, Lucia, Rosina and Violetta. French soprano, Marguerite Carrere-Xanrof made her Paris debut 24 June 1892 as Marguerite in Faust. She sang there until 1901 in a variety of roles such as Eudoxie (La Juive), Urbain (Huguenots), Berthe (Prophete), Juliette, Stefano (singing Stefano eight years after Juliette), Sieglinde, Helmwigue, Venus, Zerline, Helene (Messidor), and a few other pants roles. She was the first Paris Opera Guerhilde (Walkure). She was married to Leon Xanrof (1867-1953), French playwright and songwriter.
Rose Caron [orig. Meuniez]: French soprano (17 Nov 1857 - 9 Apr 1930): Stage debut Brussels 1883 as Alice (Robert le Diable). At Monnaie created Brunehilde in Reyer's Sigurd (1884) as well as the title role in his Salammbô (10 Feb 1890: Monnaie, Brussels), and Godard's Jocelyn (1888). First French Sieglinde and Desdemona. Rose Caron, who created the part of Desdemona [in France], has no more voice to speak of. She is sung out, but while her voice was going she was gradually becoming a consummate actress. She was learning to portray characters with expressions of her soul and her tragic mien, stature, poses and manner of play to thrill her audience much more than her voice did when it was in the plenitude of its beauty and strength. Emma Bullet. Brooklyn Eagle, 4 Nov 1894
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Marthe Anthelmine Chenal: French soprano (24 Aug 1881 – 29 Jan 1947): She nearly gave up pursuing an opera career after a series of discouraging events. Officials from the Paris Conservatory thought little of her talent, and after a few French provincial theaters turned her away she was prevailed upon to accept singing engagements at music halls and at the Moulin- Rouge. However, after further studies with Martini, in 1905 she was engaged at the Paris Opéra as the French Brunehilde in Reyer's Sigurd. Chenal quieted the critics and became immensely popular at the Opéra, the Opéra-Comique, the Gaîté-Lyrique, and the Monte Carlo Opera. She was involved in the premieres of several, ultimately obscure operas, including Le Miracle (1910), Icare (1911), La forêt sacree (1916), Graziella (1916), Jeanne d'Arc (1917), and Intermède (1919). Chenal was noted for her fine stage presence and acting, and her generous spirit.
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