|OPERA SINGER, SINGING TEACHER (FRANCE)|
BORN 8 Apr 1814, Paris, 7e - DIED 12 Aug 1880, Paris, 6e|
BIRTH NAME Mayer, Cécile Eugénie
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 26)
Eugénie Mayer was the daughter of Gustav Jacques Mayer (1781-1833) and Palmyre Polak (1797-1833). She was a mezzo soprano at the Opéra Comique in Paris for many years and a well known singing teacher. She married her former teacher Manuel Garcia Junior, the brother of the singers Malibran and Pauline Viardot. She and Manuel had four children, but their union was unhappy and they separated in 1848. At the time it was said that Manuel moved to England because he didn't want to be in the same city as Eugénie. Still her mother in law Joaquina Garcia-Sitchez often stayed with her during the 1850s. From a relationship with François Coran she had a daughter, Eugénie Coran (28/10/1851-12.10/1918).
She gave music lessons in an appartment in Montmartre and her salon was visited by literary people from Paris. She died in Paris in 1880 and was buried at Père Lachaise. Her children Manuel and Maria (1842-1867) were buried in the same grave. Her husband died in 1906 in London aged 101 and was buried in Sutton Green.