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date: 19 February 2020

Falcon, (Marie) Cornélie locked

  • Philip E.J. Robinson
  • , revised by Benjamin Walton


(b Paris, Jan 28, 1814; d Paris, Feb 25, 1897). French soprano. She studied with Felice Pellegrini and Nourrit at the Paris Conservatoire, and in 1831 won premiers prix for singing and lyric declamation. She made her début at the Opéra as Alice in Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable (20 July 1832). Her acting ability and dramatic voice greatly excited Meyerbeer, who wrote for her the part of Valentine in Les Huguenots (29 February 1836). Other notable creations were Rachel in Halévy’s La juive (25 February 1835) and the title role in Louise Bertin’s Esmeralda (14 November 1836); her repertory also included Donna Anna, Julie in Spontini’s La vestale and Rossini’s French heroines. Her success at the Opéra led to overwork followed by loss of voice. In March 1837 she broke down during a performance of Niedermeyer’s Stradella. She resumed a busy schedule of perfomances shortly afterwards, but continued to experience vocal difficulties. She stopped singing in October and after a last appearance in ...

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