- James R. Anthony
(fl 1675–80). French soprano. The little we know about her career comes from the Parfaict brothers in their manuscript Histoire de l’Académie royale de musique (in F-Pn). Esteemed for her performances of confidantes and other secondary parts, she created the following roles in Lully’s operas: a priestess of Minerva in Thésée (1675); Flora in Atys (1676); and La Renommée and a syrinx in Isis (1677). Durey de Noinville (Histoire du théâtre de l’Académie royale de musique, Paris, 1757) in his discussion of her 1676 performance in Atys claimed that Verdier sang in spectacles ‘from the age of 15 to the age of about 60’. She left the stage in 1680; in 1698 she was receiving an opera pension of 500 livres. She was described by the Parfaicts as having been a ‘rather good actress, tall and thin with chestnut-brown hair and with a delicate temperament’....