The French soprano of Corsican origin, Marta [Martha] Angelici, moved while still very young with her family to Belgium, where she studied voice in Brussels with Alfred Mahy. She began singing for the Belgian, Dutch and Luxemburg radio in 1933, and gave her first public concert at the Kurzaal of Ostend in 1934. Her first stage performance was in Marseille, as Mimi in La bohème, in 1936.
Marta Angelici made her debut in 1938 as La Plieuse in Louise by Charpentier at the Opéra-Comique, where she had a long and successful career.. Her husband, François Agostin, was the director of Paris Opéra after 1945. She made her debut at the Palais Garnier in 1953, as Micaela in Carmen. Other notable roles included Leila, Pamina, Nedda, Mimi in La bohème, Madama Butterfly, etc. She made a few guest appearances at the Monte Carlo Opera and La Monnaie in Brussels. She was also much admired in French Baroque music notably in Rameau’s Les Indes galantes, and was much loved as a concert singer, especially of Corsican songs.
Recordings: Several LP’s of sacred music, including Charpentier’s Te Deum and French 18th century composers; Georges Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles (Martha Angelici, Henri Legay, Michel Dens, Louis Noguéra; Choeurs et Orchestre de l’Opéra-Comique, André Cluytens (EMI Classics, 1955)
Martha Angelici, 1945
Courtesy: Bach Cantatas Website
Courtesy: l’Art Lyrique Français