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date: 27 May 2020

Guédon de Presles [first name unknown]locked

  • Nicholas Anderson

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(b early 18th century; d 1754). French composer and singer, possibly the sister or daughter of Honoré-Claude Guédon de Presles. She worked at the Paris court theatre as a singer, actress and composer under the name ‘Mlle Guédon’. From 1748, when she appeared in the entrée La vue from Mouret’s Le triomphe des sens, she sang many secondary roles at the Théâtre de la Reine. More notable operas in which she appeared were Collasse’s Thétis et Pélée, Mouret’s Les amours de dieux and Campra’s Tancrède (all 1748), and Lully’s Bellérophon (1749). Her name also appears in details of three opera performances in the dauphine’s salon: Lully’s Armide in 1749 and Campra’s Hésione and Lully’s Phaëton (both 1750). Other performances in which she sang included Campra’s L’Europe galante (1750–52), Les élémens by Lalande and Destouches and Lully’s Roland (both 1751), and lastly ...

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