Pauline Guéymard-Lauters

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Pauline Lauters

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Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Death: 1908 (73)
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Wife of Louis Guéymard
Ex-wife of N N Deligne

Occupation: Operatic soprano, later also mezzo-soprano
Managed by: Matti Kullervo Sorakivi
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About Pauline Guéymard-Lauters

Pauline Guéymard-Lauters, born Brussels 1 December 1834, died 1908, was a major opera singer in Paris in the 19th century, creating important soprano/mezzo-soprano roles at the Paris Opera.[1] Her vocal range has been described as “a soprano of wide extension”

Born Pauline Lauters, she married the architect Deligne in 1853; her second marriage was to the leading tenor Louis Guéymard in 1858.

At the Paris Théâtre-Lyrique she sang under the name Deligne-Lauters. She sang the title role in Le Billet de Marguerite (premiere 7 October 1854), Annette (Agathe) in Robin des Bois (Freischutz) in 1855, and Margarita in Les Lavandières de Santarem (premiere 27 October 1855). At the end of 1855 she left the company for a concert tour of Brittany.

Her Paris Opera debut was on 12 January 1857 in the premiere of the revised French version of Verdi's Il Trovatore, Le Trouvère (Léonore). She also created the roles of Lilia in Herculanum (4 March 1859) by Félicien David and Laura in Pierre de Médicis by Prince Joseph Poniatowski.

Among other roles in Paris, she sang Valentine in Les Huguenots, Balkis in La Reine de Saba, Gilda in La Mule de Pedro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Alde in Roland à Roncevaux.

Lauters created the role of Princess Eboli in Don Carlos on 11 March 1867 at the Paris Opera. The contralto Rosine Bloch had been the intended singer but Verdi was persuaded by Perrin to adapt and transpose the role for the older and higher singer, thus creating tessitura problems with which later singers have had to cope.

She also created Gertrude in Thomas's Hamlet in 1868 and Myrrha in La Coupe du roi de Thulé in 1873.

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Pauline Guéymard-Lauters's Timeline

1834
December 1, 1834
Brussels, Belgium
1908
1908
Age 73