Gabrielle Ritter-Ciampi         (Malibran 784)
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Gabrielle Ritter-Ciampi         (Malibran 784)
V2463. GABRIELLE RITTER-CIAMPI: F�dia (Erlanger); Arias from Il Pensieroso, Nozze, Cosi fan Tutte, Il Re Pastore, Zauberfl�te, Faust, Les Huguenots, Louise, Barbiere, La Boheme & La Traviata. (France) Malibran 784, electrical recordings (plus one acoustic). - 7600003777843


�Gabrielle Ritter-Ciampi was born in Paris. The niece of Theodore Ritter, she originally trained as a pianist, and at age 16 she started to receive singing lessons from her parents; her Italian father, tenor Enzo Ciampi-Cellai, and French mother, C�cile Ritter-Ciampi. She d�buted in 1917 as Violetta in LA TRAVIATA, and two years later she was engaged at l�Op�ra-Comique, where she became famous as an interpreter in Mozart operatic r�les. Her activity was centered predominantly in France, but she took part also in the Salzburg Festival in 1932, again in Mozart's r�les.

She was considered a fine, light lyric soprano with good technique and was capable of reaching high notes easily, frequently compared to her days with Adelina Patti, who had a similar voice.

She did most of her recordings between 1923 and 1929, and recorded many selected arias from various works, but never complete operas. She also sang the title r�le in ESCLARMONDE at Op�ra Garnier, a short-lived revival of that opera between 1931 and 1934.

Her career practically ended with World War II, with her last engagement being a r�le in an operetta by Reynaldo Hahn, LE OUI DES JEUNES FILLES, in 1949.�

- Zillah Dorset Akron