|OPERA SINGER (FRANCE)|
BORN 28 Jan 1814, Paris - DIED 25 Feb 1897, Paris|
REAL NAME Falcon, Marie-Cornélie
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 55, 2eme ligne, U, 15)
The soprano Cornélie Falcon studied at the Conservatory in Paris
from 1827 to 1831. Her teachers were Felice Pellegrini, François-Louis
Henry, Marco Bordogni and Adolphe Nourrit. She won several prizes.|
She debuted succesfully as Alice in "Robert le Diable" on 20 July 1832. In the audience were the singers Malibran, Caroline Branchu, and Giulia Grisi as well as the compsers Rossini, Berlioz and Cherubini. More successes followed as the first Rachel in "La Juive" and as the first Valentine in "The Huguenots" (1836).
In 1837 she suddenly lost her voice and was unable to get it back. After a benefit at the Opéra on 14 March 1840 she left the stage, allthough she appeared in Russia for a few more performances.
She married the financier M. Malencon and lived until her death at the Chaussée d'Antin, not far from the opera. In 1891 she appeared on the stage at the Opera for a celebration of the centenary of Meyerbeer. She died in 1897 in Paris.
Gabrielli, Domenico, Dictionnaire Historique du Père-Lachaise, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles, Éditions de l'Amateur, Les, Paris, 2002