Blanche Marchesi (4 April 1863 – 15 December 1940) was a French mezzo-soprano and voice teacher best known for her interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner. She was the daughter of Mathilde Graumann Marchesi, a German voice instructor who taught a variety of well-known opera singers, including Emma Eames, Nellie Melba, and Emma Calve.
Early life and career
Marchesi was born in Paris in February 1863. For her education, she attended boarding schools in Frankfurt, Germany and then Paris. Although she initially was educated as a violinist, she decided to pursue a singing career in 1881. Her first concert was held at Queen's Hall in 1896. Opera critics at the time criticized her technical skill but praised her interpretive ability. During her career as a voice teacher, Marchesi instructed such singers as British contraltos Muriel Brunskill and Astra Desmond. She held a farewell concert in 1938, two years before her death.
Marchesi had two sisters, Therése and Stella. Her patents are Mathilde Graumann Marchesi of Frankfurt and Salvatore De Castrone (Marchese di Palermo, hence the stage name Marchesi), who was also an opera singer and a voice instructor. She was first married to Baron Alexander Popper von Podhragy, Vienna, with whom she had 3 sons. Baron André Anzon Caccamisi,London, was her second husband as of 1894 with whom she had one son. Baron Jerome Anzon-Caccamisi who was murdered by the National Socialists in February 1945 as a Resistance officer in Mauthausen, Austria.
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- "MUSIC HEARD YESTERDAY.; Miss Blanche Marchesi's First Song Recital at Mendelssohn Hall.". New York Times. 1899-01-26. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
- Wood, Joseph Henry (1871). My Life of Music. Ayer Publishing. p. 148. ISBN 0-8369-5820-9.
- "Blanche Marchesi". Opera News 37 (19). 1973. "Blanche Marchesi gave her farewell concert in 1938, aged seventy-five..."
- Hetherington, John Aikman (1967). Melba: a Biography. Faber & Faber. p. 62.
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