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Jean-Alexandre Talazac and Adele Isaac, by Benque

Jean-Alexandre Talazac and Adele Isaac, by Benque
as Romeo & Juliette in "Romeo et Juliette" by Gounod

Jean Alexandre Talazac
May 16, 1853 - December 26, 1892
Debut April 28, 1878 Lae Statue (Selim). He sang in 1879 at the premiere of the Magic Flute (Tamino) by Mozart, and la Traviata in 1886 (Rodolphe). He created in 1880 Jean de Nivelles (Jean) by Léo Delibes, 1881 les Contes d'Hoffmann (Hoffmann) by Jacques Offenbach, in 1883 Lakmé (Gérald) by Léo Delibes, January 19, 1884 Manon (Des Grieux) by Jules Massenet, in 1888 the Roi D'ys (Mylio)d'Edouard Lalo (Joseph) Romeo and Juliet (Romeo),Richard Cœur de Lion (Richard).

(8 January 1854 – 22 October 1915) French soprano,
Autographed 1885

Isaac was born in Calais. After studying with Gilbert Duprez, her professional debut was in 1870 in Victor Massé's Les noces de Jeannette at the Théatre Montmartre. In February 1873 she attracted attention singing the young shepherd in Tannhäuser at La Monnaie (Bruxelles). Her first performance at the Opéra-Comique was in 1873 as Marie in La fille du régiment, going on to sing Mozart and Gounod. On 3 April 1882 she sang Angèle in the 1,000th performance of Le Domino Noir at the Opéra-Comique
From 1883 to 1885 she appeared at the Opéra as Ophélia, Marguerite, Adele, Zerlina and Marguerite de Valois.
She sang in the first Paris revival of Carmen in April 1883, and was chosen for the more restrained, even bland interpretation of the title role she offered.
She created the roles of Olympia and Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann in 1881, Claire in Egmont by Salvayre in 1886, and Minka in Le roi malgré lui in 1887. Isaac was a great favourite at the Opéra-Comique: she sang Susanna in the 1882, 1886 and 1892 revivals of Le Nozze di Figaro. Her absence for a concert tour in Rome and Monte Carlo in early 1888 delayed repeat performances of Le roi malgré lui, and may have contributed to the end of its first run.
In 1884 Adèle Isaac sang in the annual performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony given at the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire; the following year she sang music from Egmont and The Magic Flute with the same orchestra .
In 1887 she married businessman Charles Lelong; she retired in 1894. She died in Paris.

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