B0927. Charles Bouvet. Cornélie Falcon. Paris, Librairie Félix Alcan, 1927. 151pp. Illus. Much detail on Actors and actresses of yesteryear. (French Text) Softbound.
“Cornélie Falcon (28 January 1814 – 25 February 1897) was a French soprano who sang at the Opéra in Paris. Meyerbeer's new opera would become LES HUGUENOTS, in which Falcon was to achieve the greatest success of her career, creating the role of Valentine. She possessed a full, resonant voice with a distinctive dark timbre and was an exceptional actress. Based on the roles written for her voice her vocal range spanned from low A-flat to high D, 2.5 octaves. She and the tenor Adolphe Nourrit are credited with being primarily responsible for raising artistic standards at the Opéra, and the roles in which she excelled came to be known as ‘falcon’ soprano parts. She had an exceptionally short career, essentially ending about five years after her début, when at the age of 23 she lost her voice during a performance of Niedermeyer's STRADELLA. He range was of two octaves extending from b to d, and resonating at all points with an equal vigour. A silvery voice, with a brilliant timbre, incisive enough that even the weight of the chorus cannot overwhelm it; yet the sound emitted with such force never loses its charm or purity.”
- Castil-Blaze, 1832