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date: 15 November 2019

Lubin, Germaine (Léontine Angélique)locked

  • Martin Cooper
  • , revised by Elizabeth Forbes

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(Léontine Angélique)

(b Paris, Feb 1, 1890; d Paris, 20–27 Oct 1979). French soprano. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire (1909–12) and with Félia Litvinne and Lilli Lehmann. She made her début as Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Opéra-Comique, where she also sang Strauss’s Ariadne, Fauré’s Penelope, Charlotte, Louise and Camille (Zampa). At the Opéra (1916–44) she sang a very varied repertory, at first lyric roles such as Marguerite (Gounod and Boito), Juliet, Thaïs, Aida and Reyer’s Salammbô; later, heavier roles including Agathe, Fidelio, Cassandra, Elsa, Eva, Elisabeth, Sieglinde, Electra, Octavian and the Marschallin. She created Nicéa in d’Indy’s La légende de Saint Christophe (1920), Empress Charlotte in Milhaud’s Maximilien (1932) and Gina, Duchess Sanseverina in Sauguet’s La chartreuse de Parme (1939). She was admired for her classical dignity and repose in Gluck’s Alceste and Iphigénie en Aulide...

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