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Marguerite Chapuy by Maunoury
Marguerite Chapuy (1850-?); French soprano who created the role of Micaëla in the première of Bizet’s “Carmen” (1875). She started her stage career as a ballet-dancer at the Grand-Opéra Paris. After a study at the Conservatoire National she made her debut as a singer in 1870 at the Théâtre Vaudeville in Paris. Because of the outbreak of the German-French war in 1870 she had to interrupt her just started carreer and continued her singing studies. In 1872 she made a second debut; this time at the Opéra-Comique in Auber’s opera “Haydée”. She then was engaged at the Opéra-Comique where in 1873 she created the role of Philomèle in “Le Roi l’a dit” by Delibes. In 1875 she created the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s “Carmen”. In 1876 she made guest appearances in London. Because of her marriage with General Louis André (who later became Minister of War) she ended her promising career very early.
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