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Blanche Marchesi Suggest updates

Born Paris, 4 April 1863.

Died London, 15 December 1940.

French soprano.

Blanche Marchesi was the daughter and pupil of Mathilde Marchesi, a German mezzo-soprano who became a teacher of legendary stature, based in Paris, and mentor to Nellie Melba, Mary Garden and a host of other famous names. Blanche's debut, at an advanced age, came in 1900, as Brünnhilde in Prague. In Britain she worked for a time with the Moody-Manners company, singing the title-role in the 1903 Scottish premiere of La gioconda. Her concert career was also extensive. She later lived and taught in London.

Roles in Scotland

Gioconda a ballad singer
Gioconda 1903

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