Obituary: Renowned French Soprano Géori Boué Passes Away At 98

Géori Boué passed away at 98 on Jan. 5, 2017.

French soprano Géori Boué passed away on Thursday at the age of 98.

The singer was born on October 16, 1918 in Toulouse and managed an exemplary career in her native country. She studied at the Music Conservatory in Touluse, taking on voice with Claude Jean, piano and harp.

She made her debut in Toulouse in 1938 and rose to fame singing staples of the French repertoire that include Marguerite from “Faust,” Juliette from “Romeo et Juliette” and Manon from Massesent’s opera of the same name.

As her career progressed she expanded into other repertoire taking on Gilda in Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Violetta in “La Traviata,” Mimi in “La Boheme,” Cio Cio San in “Madama Butterfly,” Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin,” Desdemona in “Otello” and “Thais” among other roles. In later years “Carmen,” “Werther” and numerous operettas would enter her repertoire.

She also appeared in a film in 1943 entitled “La Malibran.”

She also managed an international career in Mexico, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and at La Scala in Milan where she appeared as Mélisande in Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” under the baton of Victor de Sabata. She appeared in that Debussy work alongside her husband Roger Bourdin.

She has a small recorded legacy, though some works, including “Faust” and “Manon,” are available to those interested in discovering her artistry.

Here is a clip of the soprano taking on Tosca’s “Vissi D’Arte.”

 

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