V2013. LUCETTE KORSOFF, Vol. I, incl. Arias & Duets (w.Léon Beyle) from, La Perle du Brésil, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Lakmé, Le Timbre d’Argent, Manon, Faust, Mireille & Roméo et Juliette. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 3073, recorded 1905-21. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
“Born in Italy of Russian parents, Lucette Korsoff’s father, a baritone, was the impresario of a touring opera company. He had changed the family name from Goering to Korsoff in tribute to Corsi, his voice teacher in Milan. Lucette made her début at the age 16 in Pergolesi’s LA SERVA PADRONA and was granted a scholarship to study in Paris with Frédéric Boyer . A tour of Egypt with a French company followed in 1900, in which she sang Ophélie to Maurice Renaud’s Hamlet. He recommended her to the Opéra-Comique, where she was first heard as Lakmé, Marie (FILLE DU RÉGIMENT), Philine (MIGNON), Micaëla (CARMEN), and Rosina (IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA). She also appeared at the New Orleans Opera, Boston Opera and Monte Carlo Opera. She was a coloratura soprano with technique to spare and a beautiful tone. For the next 20 years she appeared internationally in the major lyric-coloratura rôles, perhaps her most celebrated having been the Queen of the Night. Following her retirement in 1921 she taught first in Paris and then in Brussels, her pupils including Gina Cigna and Joseph Rogachewsky.”
- Ward Marston, notes to Marston’s Edison Legacy, Vol. I
“[Truesound] transfers have been an absolute revelation to me….Amazingly, Christian Zwarg has managed to unlock the sound of these recordings in such a way as to present [voices] such as I have never heard before. Here the sound has a sheen and glow which is quite beautiful. It is as if an old masterpiece painting has been cleaned and restored, allowing rays of brilliant light to emerge….”
- Davyd Booth, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2012