Ponchard, Marie Sophie

BORN 30 May 1792, Paris - DIED 19 Sep 1873, Paris
BIRTH NAME Callault, Marie Sophie
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 11, chemin Méhul, ligne 4 (X 21))

Marie Sophie Callault studied at the Conservatory in Paris and won first pirze in singing and in tragédie lyrique in 1812. She debuted at the Opéra in Paris as Iphignie in the opera by Gluck in 1814. Soon after that she left the Opéra to perform in the provinces. In 1818 she returned to Paris and she worked at the Opéra-Comique until she retired in 1836.

She married the tenor Louis Antoine Ponchard. Their son Charles Marie Auguste Ponchard (1824-1891) was a singer as well. She was Marguerite in the premiere of Ferdinand Hérold's "Pré aux Clercs" (1832) and Jeannie in the premiere of Catafa's "La Prison d’Edimbourg" (1833). She had also created the part of Emma in Auber's "Emma" (1821). In 1832 in Liège she was Isabelle in "Robert le Diable" by Meyerbeer.

• Husband: Ponchard, Antoine


The grave of Antoine Ponchard at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2018)


Cimetière du Père Lachaise - APPL - PONCHARD Marie Sophie, née CALLAULT (1792-1873)

Pons, Lily

Published: 23 Jan 2022
Last update: 23 Jan 2022