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GERMAINE CERNAY, Mezzo-soprano * 28 April 1900, Le Havre + 19 September 1943, Paris;

29 Sep

She was born Germaine Pointu in Le Havre and studied piano and solfeggio when still a child. She joined the Conservatoire of Paris taking singing lessons with Albers and Engel. At the Paris Opéra in 1925 she made her début as Euryclée in Fauré’s Pénélope but she eventually appeared most of her career at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart), where she made her début in 1927 in Alfano’s Risurrezione opposite Mary Garden. After a number of small parts she sang roles such as Mallika (Lakmé), Suzuki, Mignon, Geneviève, Carmen and Charlotte, among many others. She was also a star at the La Monnaie of Brussels and at a number of provincial French opera houses. She toured North Africa, England, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland. In a broadcast she tried to sing Mélisande (a soprano role). Without neglecting the stage, her mind continuosly changed to sing melodies and oratorios. She was a famous interpreter of Bach. Germaine believed deeply in God and intended to spend her live in a cloister, but she died before having fulfilled her wish.

Courtesy: cantabile-subito

As Margared in Lalo’s “Le Roi d’Ys”

As Carmen

 
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