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Jeanne Gerville-Réache

Jeanne Gerville-Réache (26 March 1882 – 5 January 1915) was a French operatic contralto from the Belle Époque. She possessed a remarkably beautiful voice, an excellent singing technique, and wide vocal range which enabled her to perform several roles traditionally associated with mezzo-sopranos in addition to contralto parts. Her career began successfully in Europe just before the turn of the twentieth century. She later came to the North America in 1907 where she worked as an immensely popular singer until her sudden death in 1915. She is particularly remembered for her portrayal of Dalila in Camille Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila, which she helped establish as an important part of the repertory within the United States. She also notably portrayed the role of Geneviève in the world premiere of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande in 1902.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 26th, 1882 (Orthez), Died January 5th, 1915 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1909 - 1913

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-6981 12-in. 4/12/1909 Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-6982 12-in. 4/12/1909 Printemps qui commence Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-7022 10-in. 4/29/1909 Va! Laisse couler mes larmes Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-7023 12-in. 4/29/1909 J'ai perdu mon Euridice Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-7024 12-in. 4/29/1909 O ma lyre immortelle Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-8331 10-in. 10/29/1909 Stride la vampa Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-8332 12-in. 10/29/1909 Plus grand Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-8333 10-in. 10/29/1909 Viens avec nous Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-8334 10-in. 10/29/1909 Habanera Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-8334 12-in. 12/9/1910 Habanera Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-8335 10-in. 10/30/1909 En vain pour éviter Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-8336 10-in. 10/30/1909 Chanson slave Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-9700 12-in. 12/9/1910 Air du tigre Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-9701 12-in. 12/9/1910 Air de Lia Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor C-10277 12-in. 5/5/1911 D'une prison Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Victor B-10278 10-in. 5/5/1911 Ich grolle nicht Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 39104 10-in. 11/19/1913 Va laisse couler mes larmes Jeanne Gerville Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 36825 12-in. 11/19/1913 Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse Jeanne Gerville-Réache Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  
Columbia 36832 12-in. ca. 1913 Mon coeur s'ouvre Jeanne Gerville-Réache Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, contralto  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gerville-Réache, Jeanne," accessed January 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108847.

Gerville-Réache, Jeanne. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108847.

"Gerville-Réache, Jeanne." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 January 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108847

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