Obituary: Isabelle Andréani Dies At 95

By Francisco Salazar

Mezzo-soprano Isabelle Andréani has died.

The French mezzo died at the age of 95. Born in Corsica in 1923, Andréani was well known for starring in the Raymond Rouleau production of Bizet’s “Carmen” in 1959. That production included the sets and costumes by Lila de Nobili and would be shown 367 times at the Palais Garnier until 1970. She was also known for participating in productions of “Oberon” and “Les Indes Galantes.”

Her most famous recording came in 1955, in an album devoted to “Mignon” and Charlotte in “Werther.” The recording was made with the Opéra-Comique under conductor Pierre Cruchon, whom she married. 

After retiring from the stage, Andréani would become a conservatory teacher at the conservatory of Aix-en-Provence.

Here is an excerpt of La Grand Duchesse: