V0035. YVONNE GALL: Songs by Delmet & Georges; Arias from La Damnation de Faust, Faust, Lakmé, Louise, Tosca, Otello, La Reine de Saba, Cinq-Mars, Hérodiade, Lohengrin & Tannhäuser. (France) Malibran 516, recorded 1923-32. - 3760003775165
"After graduating from the Paris Conservatoire, Yvonne Gall made her début as a Rhinemaiden in a performance of LE CRÉPUSCULE DES DIEUX (GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG) at the Opéra-Comique in 1908. Her first leading role was Mathilde in Rossini’s GUILLAUME TELL opposite Léon Escalaïs. She took part in a number of novelties. She sang in Bachelt’s Scemo in 1914, in Magnard’s GUERCOEUR opposite Marthe Chenal and Maria Kuznetsova. It was not until after the war that she became a principal at the Opéra-Comique. Her first appearance was as Marguerite. In due corse she sang Manon, Antonia, Tosca, Louise, Donna Anna, Juliette and Daphne in Busser’s LES NOCES CORINTHIENNES. In 1918 she was invited to the Teatro Colon at Buenos Aires, where she was heard as Thaïs, Juliette and Salomé in Massenet’s HÉRODIADE. She made her début at the Chicago Opera as Thaïs the same year. There, she was called to undertake whatever the great Diva Mary Garden was unwilling or unable to sing. She was very successful in the first American performance of Ravel’s L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE. She greatly pleased as Tosca, Manon, Salomé and Mathilde. The remarkable Russian impresario Raoul Gunsbourg brought her to Monte Carlo for Thaïs, a French TRISTAN with Paul Franz and Ariane in Dukas’s ARIANE ET BARBE-BLEU. Gall made Pathé and Columbia recordings.
Hers is a bright sounding lyric soprano voice of a typically 'gallic' sound and full of dramatic energy."
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile