Obituary: French Soprano Christiane Eda-Pierre Dies at 88

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Oberon’s Grove)

French coloratura soprano Christiane Eda-Pierre has died at the age of 88.

Eda-Pierre was born in Fort-de-France, capital of Martinique. She came to France to finish her studies at Conservatoire de Paris and in 1957, she made her professional debut in the role of Leïla in Bizet’s “Les pêcheurs de perles.”

She went on to perform at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in the title role in Delibes ” Lakmé,” and then in 1960 at Opéra National de Paris in the title role in Donizetti’s ” Lucia di Lammermoor.” Her roles included Konstanze in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail,” The Countess in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni,” the Queen of the Night in “Die Zauberflöte,” Antonia in Offenbach’s ” Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” and Gilda in Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” among others. Eda-Pierre had also performed roles from the French baroque repertoire, most notably the works of Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Here is Eda-Pierre performing with Luciano Pavarotti in “Rigoletto” at the Metropolitan Opera House.