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date: 04 July 2020

Moreau, Louison [Louise]locked

  • James R. Anthony

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[Louise]

(b before 1668; d after 1692). French soprano. She entered the Paris Opéra in 1680 and in November she created Peace in the prologue of Lully’s Proserpine. She and her younger sister, Fanchon Moreau, were among the ‘filles de l’Opéra’ whose extraordinary amorous episodes were celebrated in many contemporary chansons. For a short time Louison was mistress of the dauphin. Lully dismissed her from the Opéra when her pregnancy (by M. de la Fare) became noticeable; Du Tralage (Notes et documents sur l’histoire des théâtres de Paris au XVIIe siècle, Paris, 1880) related that her return eight months later caused a ‘brouhaha in the theatre which marked the joy of the audience in hearing again one of the most beautiful voices and one of the best actresses at the Opéra’. During the Easter closure of 1692, she finally left. For the period 1683–92, when both sisters sang at the Opéra, it is not always possible to determine which of them is meant by ‘Mlle Moreau’ in cast lists. Both sang musicians’ roles in ...

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