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 Cornélie Falcon

Cornélie Falcon

Birth
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death 25 Feb 1897 (aged 83)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 55
Memorial ID 7848 · View Source
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Opera Singer. A dramatic soprano, she had a short but significant career during which she created two major roles. Born Marie-Cornelie Falcon, she abandoned an early vocation as a nun to study at the Paris Conservatory and made her Paris Opera debut on July 30, 1832, as Alice in Giacomo Meyrbeer's "Robert le diable". On February 23, 1835, she portrayed the doomed Rachel, a Jewish girl in love with a gentile, in the world premiere of Jacques Fromental Halevy's "La Juive", with Adolphe Nourrit as her bigoted goldsmith father Eleazar. Cornelie was a second time called upon for a world premiere on Februrary 29, 1836, taking the part of Valentine in Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots", again opposite Nourrit. Her voice was already showing premature signs of wear, and after collapsing during an 1837 concert, she retired, married, and raised a family. "Falcon soprano" remains a French synonym for dramatic soprano, and her story is still told as a cautionary tale for young singers against the dangers of accepting difficult roles at a too-young age.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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  • Added: 19 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7848
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cornélie Falcon (28 Jan 1814–25 Feb 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7848, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .