Pauline Viardot

A Tribute to Pauline Viardot

Arias by Bellini, Berlioz, Donizetti, Gluck, Gounod, Halévy, Massenet, Rossini and Saint-Saëns. Marina Viotti (mezzo-soprano); Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset. A late bicentenary birthday offering to one of the most intriguing of 19th-century musicians. Pauline Viardot was born in 1821 and lived on at the centre of musical Paris until 1910. Her father was the tenor Manuel Garcia who created Rossini’s Count Almaviva and her sister Maria Malibran whose premature death after a horseriding accident let the younger Pauline step into the limelight.

The García Sisters, Part II: Pauline Viardot

Maria Malibran and Pauline Viardot were two of the bel canto era’s greatest mezzo sopranos. Sisters, and daughters of the imposing Spanish pedagogue Manuel García, Malibran and Viardot each left an indelible mark on nineteenth-century opera. Each was also a composer, a quality less celebrated during their lifetimes. Malibran, who died tragically young in 1836, was widely lauded for her singing, but her compositions were less noted. Viardot, who lived until 1910, survived long enough for the Western music world to become more accustomed to the notion of a woman composer. Both left exquisite compositions that offer insight into nineteenth century bel canto – and offer fascinating listening for any music lover.
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Q & A: Amy Crankshaw on Pauline Viardot, ‘Cendrillon’ & Orchestrating the Iconic Work

On Nov. 1, 2021, Guildhall School’s Opera will present a double bill of Bizet’s “Le Docteur Miracle” and Pauline Viardot’s “Cendrillon.”. The production will fulfill Viardot’s desire with a new chamber orchestration by Amy Crankshaw, Guildhall doctoral composer and a graduate of the school’s MA Opera Making & Writing program presented in an association with the Royal Opera House.

European Center of Music, l’Opéra-Comique & Centre National des Armées to Celebrate 200th Birthday of Pauline Viardot

Several French organizations have unveiled performances and events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of famed mezzo-soprano and composer Pauline Viardot. First up, the European Center of Music and l’Opéra-Comique are teaming up to present several unique performances and masterclasses at the Salle Flavert. The organizations will present a masterclass featuring Dame Felicity Lott as well as a concert starring Lott, soprano Natalia Labourdette, mezzo-soprano Helena Ressureição, soprano Léa Sarfati, mezzo-soprano Maria Kalinine, and mezzo-soprano Marine Fribourg, among many others. The showcase will also feature the orchestre des jeunes de l’Union européenne.