Viardot-Garcia, Pauline

SINGER, COMPOSER (FRANCE)
BORN 18 Jul 1821, Paris - DIED 18 May 1910, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière (division 28)

Mezzosoprano Pauline Garcia was the daughter of tenor Manuel del Pópulo Vicente García and the younger sister of the singer Maria Malibran. She was taught the piano by the young Franz Liszt and also studied with Anton Reicha.

In 1837 she gave her first performance in Brussels and in 1839 she joined the Italian opera in London where she impressed her public immediately. In 1840 she married the French author Louis Viardot who was twenty-one years older than she was.

She spoke French, Italian, Spanish, English, German and Russian and wrote many songs. She also authored several operetta's, among them "L'Ogre" (1868). George Sand turned her into the hero of her novel "Consuelo" (1843).

In 1863 she left the stage and left France for Baden-Baden in Germany. After the fall of Napoleon III she settled as a vocal teacher in Paris in 1871. She had a long affair with Ivan Turgenjev, who gave her and her husband the Villa Viardot in Bougival (near Paris).

Related persons
• was teacher to Brandt, Marianne
• knew Kemble, Adelaide
• was pupil to Liszt, Franz
• is brother/sister of Malibran-Garcia, Maria Felicità
• was pupil to Reicha, Anton
• was visited by Wagner, Richard

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991
Pauline Viardot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Images

The grave of Pauline Viardot-Garcia at Montmarte Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (18 May 2005)

 


Viollet-le-Duc, Eugène Emanuel

Published: 20 Dec 2008
Last update: 21 Dec 2008