V2143. AMÉLIE TALEXIS: Arias & Duets (w.Escalaïs, Garbin, Longobardi, Dubois, Landouzy, Narçon, etc.) from Pique Dame, Sigurd, Les Noces de Fernande (Deffès); Cavalleria, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Il Trovatore, La Wally, Mefistofele, La Gioconda, Ballo, Otello, Ernani, La Traviata & Aïda; Songs by J. B. Faure & Paul Vidal. (France) Malibran 756, recorded 1905-08, Fonotipia. - 7600003777560
“At an early age, Amélie Talexis began studying piano and cello at the Toulouse Conservatory, and then studied singing under Jacques Roudil who had previously sung at the Paris Opéra and then taught at the Toulouse Conservatory. Her earliest engagement was most likely at the French Opera in New Orleans during the 1897–1898 season. It was there that Talexis probably met her future husband, Henri Berriel, who was the director and first baritone of the New Orleans company. During the 1898–1899 season, Talexis was the forte chanteuse falcon at Antwerp’s Théâtre Royal. Berriel was also engaged there as premiere baritone but was found unsatisfactory and his contract was cancelled. Talexis and Berriel both sang in Montréal during the 1899–1900 season and in the spring of 1900. Talexis sang 11 performances at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux: Salomé in HERODIADE; Bertha in LE PROPHÈTE; both Eudoxie and Rachel in LA JUIVE; Chimène in LE CID.
Talexis returned to New Orleans for the 1900–1901 season, where Berriel was again doubling as director and first baritone. At this point in her career, we seem to lose track of her, though she is said to have sung Aïda in Barcelona, as well as Donna Anna at La Scala, the Colón, and the Havana Opera. As evidenced by her recordings, her voice was powerful with a wide range and a secure technique, equally comfortable in French and Italian. She recorded for Fonotipia and Odeon including the Act 4 duet from LES HUGUENOTS with Léon Escalaïs, which unfortunately was never released. Talexis died tragically in a freak accident in the bathroom of a hotel in Calais on her way to London at 36 years of age.”
- Vincent Giroud, Marston Program Notes