Friday, July 5, 2013

Amelia (Amelie) Talexis (Soprano) (Toulouse 1875 – Calais 1911)

First she studied at the conservatory of Toulouse, then she took singing lessons from Rondile and Lherie in Paris. She made her debut in 1899 at the opera house of Bordeaux as Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ of Gounod. In the 1900-1901 season she sang at the opera house of New Orleans. She guested at the opera houses of Nice, Nantes and Antwerp. She appeared at the Teatro Liceo of Barcelona in ‘’Aida’’ and also sang in Italian theaters. In 1906 she appeared at La  Scala, where she sang the role of Donna Anna in ‘’Don Giovanni’’. Probably she sang also in Buenos Aires, Havana and Mexico City. She died in a tragic accident in the toilet of a Hotels in Calais, when she got ready for the crossing to England. Her husband was the great french baritone Henri Berriel.

Chronology of some appearances

1899 Bordeaux Opera House Faust (Marguerite)
1900-1901 New Orleans Opera House
1906 Milan La Scala Don Giovanni (Donna Anna)


Fonotipia, Milano 1905-10-21
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with Luigi Longobardi 39347 xPh 396

Fonotipia, Milano 1906-02-21
Sigurd (Reyer): Avec ces fleurs with Leon Escalais 39525, Xph1636
Sigurd (Reyer): Oublions les maux soufferts with Leon Escalais 39526, Xph1637

Fonotipia, Milano 1907-11-20
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Turiddu mi tolse l'onore with Ferruccio Corradetti  92134 XPh2890

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-09-26
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with Mario Gilion & chorus 92406 XPh3431

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-09-29
Madama Butterfly (Puccini):  Vogliatemi bene with Edoardo Garbin 92258, xPh 3448
Madama Butterfly (Puccini):  Via dall'anima in pena  with Edoardo Garbin 92259 xPh 3449

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-10-02
Trovatore (Verdi): Tacea la notte  92407 Xph3461

Fonotipia, Milano 1908-10-06
Faust (Gounod):  Per di qua with Ferruccio Corradetti 92408 xPh 3479

1 comment:

  1. Her tragically early demise was the result of sitting too heavily on a china lavatory in a Calais hotel. It broke under her weight and, as the door was locked, by the time she was discovered she had bled to death.