Pélissier [Pellissier], Marie
- Graham Sadler
(b 1706/7; d Paris, March 21, 1749). French singer . She married the impresario Pélissier soon after her début at the Paris Opéra in 1722, and sang at his theatre in Rouen. After her husband’s bankruptcy, she returned to Paris and appeared at the Opéra in a revival of Collasse’s Thétis et Pélée on 16 May 1726 to considerable acclaim. Later that year she attracted even greater applause for her creation of Thisbe in Rebel and Francoeur’s Pyrame et Thisbé. Sensing danger, Cathérine-Nicole Le Maure returned in December from one of her ‘retirements’, and a fierce rivalry developed between the two singers and between their respective supporters, the ‘mauriens’ and ‘pélissiens’. On 15 February 1734 Pélissier was dismissed after a scandal involving her lover Dulis. She fled to London, but returned to sing at the Opéra on 19 April 1735, remaining there until her retirement in October 1741...