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Miolan Carvalho, soprano
Carte de visite
Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler
Miolan Carvalho (31 December, 1827 - 10 July, 1895)
Marie Caroline (nee Felix Miolan) Carvalho was born in Marseilles on 31 December, 1827. She was a soprano who studied with Duprez and made her debut, in 1849, playing the role of Isabella in the opera, "Robert le Diable." She was with the Paris Opera Company from 1849 until 1855, before joining the company of Theatre-Lyrique in 1856. Mme. Carvalho introduced the role of Gretchen from "Faust" at Theatre-Lyrique in 1859. She married Leon Carvalho the manager of Theatre-Lyrique who held the production rights to Gounod's "Faust." Her soprano voice was considered "shrill" but was well-suited to the difficult performance of The Jewel Song from "Faust." Composer, Choudens, reworked Gounod's "Faust" and the opera became highly popular in Paris beginning in 1862. Carvalho was cast in the role of Marguerite. She also sang the roles of Carlotta in "Phantom of the Opera," and Juliette in "Romeo." She appeared at Convent-Garden, London between the years 1859-1864 and also appeared in the role of Dinorah in Berlin and St. Petersburg.
(Kindly contributed by T. Max Hochstetler, June 2007)