Maria Duchêne

Maria Duchêne-Billiard (1884 – April 2, 1947) was a French contralto of the Metropolitan Opera from 1912 to 1916. She portrayed such roles as Amneris in Aida, Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, Maddalena in Rigoletto. She sang the role of the Old Woman in L'amore dei tre re, Rosette in Manon, Schwertleite in Die Walküre, and the Solo Madrigalist in Manon Lescaut among others.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 5, 1883, Died April 2, 1947

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1916

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-8745 10-in. 3/25/1910 Nôtre métier est bon David Devriès ; Maria Duchêne ; Suzanne Dumesnil ; Charles Gilibert ; Gabrielle Lejeune-Gilibert ; Gaston Leroux Vocal sextet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, 2 tenors, and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-8746 12-in. 3/25/1910 Nous avons en tête une affaire Maria Duchêne ; Suzanne Dumesnil ; Charles Gilibert ; Gabrielle Lejeune-Gilibert ; Gaston Leroux ; Victor Orchestra Vocal quintet (soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-14660 12-in. 4/3/1914 E scherzo od è follia Enrico Caruso ; Maria Duchêne ; Frieda Hempel ; Léon Rothier ; Andrés de Segurola Vocal quintet (soprano, contralto, tenor, and 2 basses), with chorus and orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-15772 12-in. 3/9/1915 Es dämmert Ema Destinnová ; Maria Duchêne Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-15905 12-in. 4/16/1915 O viens mon doux berger Ema Destinnová ; Maria Duchêne Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-17496 10-in. 4/14/1916 Von dem Rosenbusch o Mutter Ema Destinnová ; Maria Duchêne Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Edison 2585 10-in. 11/25/1913 Ah! Mon fils Maria Duchêne Contralto vocal solo, with ochestra vocalist, contralto  
Edison 2682 10-in. 1/6/1914 Ah! Mon fils Maria Duchêne Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Edison 2683 10-in. 1/6/1914 Stride la vampa Maria Duchêne Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Duchêne, Maria," accessed June 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107519.

Duchêne, Maria. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107519.

"Duchêne, Maria." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107519

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