Micheau, Janine, French soprano; b. Toulouse, April 17, 1914; d. Paris, Oct. 18, 1976. She studied in Toulouse and at the Paris Cons. In 1933 she made her operatic debut in Louise at the Paris Opéra-Comique, where she was a distinguished member until 1956. In 1937 she made her debut at London’s Covent Garden as Micaëla. She made her U.S. debut as Mélisande in San Francisco in 1938, a role she subsequently sang with remarkable success on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1939 she appeared for the first time at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. From 1940 to 1956 she was a member of the Paris Opéra. Among her other esteemed roles were Pamina, Juliet, Violetta, Gilda, Zerbinetta, Sophie, and Anne Trulove.
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