Saturday, December 5, 2009

Vina Bovy--a new discovery

Unknown today, but not in 1948, when this beautiful 2nd act duet from Les Contes d'Hoffman (The Tales of Hoffmann) was recorded. I present to you Vina Bovy and Raoul Jobin:

I must thank La Cieca for introucing me to Vina Bovy. Click the link to see La Cieca's post and a perfectly beautiful picture of La Bovy! There's also a link there to an .mp3 of her singing "Elle a fui", possibly from the same Hoffmann performance? A commenter to La Cieca's post shares the following information from a Naxos bio-blurb:

From a Naxos bio: A native of Ghent the lyric-soprano Vina Bovy (Johanna Pauline Bovi, 1900-1983) worked in a cigarette factory to finance her vocal studies. Her professional operatic début in Ghent in 1919 in Hansel und Gretel was followed by a three-year stint at the Brussels Monnaie. In 1925 she made her first appearance at the Opéra-Comique as Manon and until 1939 her rôles at that theatre included Rosina, Mimì in Bohème and Leila in Les pêcheurs de perles. She sang at the Paris Opéra during the 1935-1939 seasons and again in 1947, as Gilda in Rigoletto. She made her début at the Colón in Buenos Aires in 1927 and was first heard at the Met in La traviata in 1936.”

Here is a link to a clip from a 1943 movie (embedding disabled).

I'll post about Raoul Jobin separately.

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