Obituary: French Top Music Scholar Florence Badol-Bertrand Dies

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: © Georges Rivoire)

France’s leading music scholar Florence Badol-Bertrand has died in Saint-Etienne on Dec. 26.

Badol-Bertrand was known for her extensive work in the field of musicology and had been teaching musicology at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de danse de Paris. She was also a professor at the Conservatoire de Saint-Etienne and SciencesPo Paris.

Florence Badol-Bertrand wrote several books about Mozart’s life and work including “Mozart ou la vie,” and “Requiem.” She was a scientific editor of Gounod’s book “Le ‘Don Juan’ de Mozart.”

Badol-Bertrand also designed a CD recording of Mozart’s famed opera “Così fan tutte” that was published by Harmonia- Mundi in February 1999, featuring Bernarda Fink, Véronique Gens, Werner Güra, Marcel Boone, Pietro Spagnoli, and Graciela Oddone.

Additionally, Badol-Bertrand founded the Festival du Plateau Vivarais/Lignon and was its Artistic Director.