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Pauline Viardot-García

Pauline Viardot (pronounced [po.lin vjaʁ.do]; 18 July 1821 – 18 May 1910) was a leading nineteenth-century French mezzo-soprano, pedagogue, and composer of Spanish descent.

Born Michelle Ferdinande Pauline García, her name appears in various forms. When it is not simply "Pauline Viardot", it most commonly appears in association with her maiden name García or the unaccented form, Garcia. This name sometimes precedes Viardot and sometimes follows it. Sometimes the words are hyphenated; sometimes they are not. She achieved initial fame as "Pauline García"; the accent was dropped at some point, but exactly when is not clear. After her marriage, she referred to herself simply as "Mme Viardot".

She came from a musical family and took up music at a young age. She began performing as a teenager and had a long and illustrious career as a star performer.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 18, 1821 (Paris), Died May 18, 1910 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1912

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-4874 12-in. 10/9/1907 Aimez-moi Marcella Sembrich Soprano vocal solo, with piano arranger  
Victor C-10230 12-in. 4/25/1911 La brise Janet Spencer Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor B-12078 10-in. 6/6/1912 Aime-moi Rita Fornia Soprano vocal solo, with upright piano arranger  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Viardot-García, Pauline," accessed August 12, 2022,

Viardot-García, Pauline. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2022, from

"Viardot-García, Pauline." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 12 August 2022.

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