Robin, Mado (1918–1960)

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Robin, Mado (1918–1960)

French soprano. Born in Yseures-sur-Creuse near Tours, France, on December 29, 1918; died in Paris, France, on December 10, 1960; studied with Giuseppe Podestà.

Born in Yseures-sur-Creuse, near Tours, France, on December 29, 1918, Mado Robin began her singing career as a concert artist before moving on to the opera stage. She was well known in French regional theaters as well as in Brussels and Monte Carlo. In 1945, she sang Gilda from Rigoletto and Queen of the Night at the Paris Opéra. In 1953, she sang Constanze from Mozart's Die Entführung. Robin also sang at the Opéra-Comique and appeared in Brussels, Liège, and San Francisco. She was best known for her roles of Lakmé and Lucia, although some felt her extreme facility for coloratura, as well as her very high range, were displayed to their greatest advantage in such roles as Stravinsky's The Nightingale.

John Haag , Athens, Georgia