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Germaine Cernay (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: April 28, 1900 - Le Havre, France
Died: 1943 - Paris, France

The French mezzo-soprano, Germaine Cernay (born: Pointu), studied piano and solfeggio when still a child. She joined the Conservatoire of Paris taking singing lessons with Albers and Engel.

Germaine Cernay she made her debut in 1925 at the Paris Opéra as Euryclée in Gabriel Fauré’s Pénélope but she eventually appeared most of her career at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart), where she made her debut in 1927 in Alfano’s Risurrezione opposite Mary Garden. After a number of small parts she sang roles such as Mallika (Lakmé), Suzuki, Mignon, Geneviève, Carmen and Charlotte, among many others. She was also a star at the La Monnaie of Brussels and at a number of provincial French opera houses. She toured North Africa, England, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland. In a broadcast she tried to sing Mélisande (a soprano role). Without neglecting the stage, her mind continuosly changed to sing melodies and oratorios. She was a famous interpreter of J.S. Bach.

Germaine Cernay believed deeply in God and intended to spend her life in a cloister, but she died before having fulfilled her wish.


Source: Cantabile Subito Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2006) Manfred Krugmann (Photo 04, June 2012)

Germaine Cernay: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works under her name

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Gustave Bret

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Aria from unknown cantata, Aria from BWV 248

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Cernay, Germaine (Cantabile-Subito)

Germaine Cernay (Wikipedia)

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