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Clementine de Vere.

Born Paris 1864.

Died New York, 20 January 1954.

American soprano,

Clementine de Vere made her debut in Florence, and also sang in France and Germany. Her extensive American career included a period from 1895 to 1900 when she appeared regularly at the New York Met. Her roles there included Verdi (Violetta, Gilda); Bizet (Micaëla); Wagner (Elsa) and Halévy (Rachel). In 1892 she sang at Carnegie Hall in the premiere of the Te Deum by Dvořák, with the composer conducting in his first appearance in the USA.

She had an extensive career in Britain, particularly as leading soprano with the Moody-Manners company. This included several tours to Scotland in which her repertoire included Verdi (Aïda), Wagner (Elisabeth, Elsa), Meyerbeer (Valentine), Halévy (Rachel), Puccini (Mimì) and Gounod (Marguerite).

She appeared as Thirza in the British stage premiere of Ethel Smyth's Wreckers, conducted by Beecham (Her Majesty's, London, 1909). In Scotland she also sang extensively in concert (Israel in Egypt in Kirkcaldy 1906) and concert performances of opera (Tannhäuser and Lohengrin in Perth). She was married to the pianist-conductor Romualdo Sapio.

Roles in Scotland

Elsa von Brabant sister of the missing Count Gottfried
Lohengrin 1905
Lohengrin 1908
Lohengrin 1909
Leonora a Duchess, lady-in-waiting to the Princess of Aragon
Trovatore 1905
Valentine daughter of Saint-Bris
Huguenots 1905
Elisabeth niece of the Landgrave
Tannhäuser 1905
Tannhäuser 1908
Tannhäuser 1909
Tannhäuser 1910
Aïda an Ethiopian slave
Aïda 1907
Aïda 1908
Aïda 1909
Aïda 1910
Mimì a seamstress
Bohème 1907
Marguerite
Faust 1908
Faust 1909
Faust 1910
Rachel Eléazar's daughter
Jewess 1908

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