OP2582. SAPHO, recorded 1978, w.Boutry Cond. Garde Républicaine Ensemble; Renée Doria, Gines Sirera, Gisele Ory, Adrien Legros, etc. (France) 2-Malibran 199.- 760000377199
“Born Renée Dumazert in Perpignan, France, after a thorough musical training (piano, solfège, harmony) Doria turned to vocal study with Umberto Valdarmini, and made her singing début in concert at the age of 18. Her official operatic début took place in 1942, in Marseille, as Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA.
After singing Constance in THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO in Cannes under Reynaldo Hahn, and the three heroines (Olympia, Giulietta, Antonia) in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN in Strasbourg, opposite Vanni Marcoux, Doria made her Paris début at the Gaîté-Lyrique in 1943, as Lakmé, and the following year made her début at the l’Opéra-Comique, in the same rôle. Her debut at the Paris Opéra in 1947, as the Queen of the Night in THE MAGIC FLUTE, was highly successful. Other rôles at that house included: Leila in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES, the title rôle in MIREILLE, Marguerite in FAUST, Juliette in ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, Ophélie in HAMLET, Manon, Thaïs, as well as Fiordiligi in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Gilda and Violetta.
Doria also sang in baroque music such as Rameau's LES INDES GALANTES, and contemporary works, such as Ravel's L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE, and Poulenc's DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES. In her thirty year career, Doria sang an estimated sixty rôles.
Renée Doria made several recordings, most notably, complete studio recordings of LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN (1948), THAÏS (1961), MIREILLE (1962), Massenet's SAPHO (1978), and excerpts from RIGOLETTO, FAUST and MANON, opposite Alain Vanzo, as well as recitals of arias and songs.”
-Zillah Dorset Akron