Calvé [Calvet] (de Roquer), (Rosa-Noémie) Emma
- Desmond Shawe-Taylor
- , revised by Karen Henson
(b Decazeville, Aug 15, 1858; d Millau, Jan 6, 1942). French soprano. A pupil of Jules Puget, Mathilde Marchesi and Rosina Laborde, she made her début as Marguerite in Faust at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, on 23 September 1881, and three years later appeared in Paris, mainly at the Opéra-Comique. In 1887 she was called to La Scala, Milan to create the heroine of Samara’s Flora mirabilis; but she did not achieve lasting success until a triumphant return in 1890 as Ophelia in Thomas’ Hamlet (with Battistini in the title role) was followed by appearances with Fernando de Lucia in Cavalleria rusticana in various Italian cities and with the same tenor in the première of Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz (31 October 1891, Rome). Calvé soon became one of the first favourites of the international public, especially in London and New York, where her Santuzza and above all her Carmen were considered incomparable. Although these parts were to dominate her repertory, Massenet wrote two roles for her, Anita in ...