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O beau pays de la Touraine

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Opera title:

Les Hugenots


Giacomo Meyerbeer




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Marguerite de Valois





Previous scene: Ein feste Burg
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Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots: "O beau pays de la Touraine" by Eidé Norena 1935

Singer: Eidé Norena

A nice Columba Royal Blue record by Norwegian soprano Eidé Norena (Karoline "Kaja" Eide Hansen) recorded sometime in the early to mid 1930s. I put 1935 on it only because I could not find an exact date. The aria from Les Huguenots, which is the reverse side to the Romeo et Juliette aria is very well sung here while not too bad, not as clean as the other side.

The conductor, Henri Émile Jean-Baptiste, Henri Defossé (often spelled Henry Defosse during his career), was a student of Gabriel Fauré and was an opera, ballet, and symphonic orchestra conductor in the 1920s and 1930s. Though his career seemed to have ended in the 1930s, he did conduct concerts in Algiers in the 1930s. He recorded with the Odeon label and also on the Columbia label as with this record.

A very nice voice that I did not know until I acquired this recording. Eidé Norena sang in all the major European houses for many years and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in the 1930s. She also sang six seasons with the Chicago Civic Opera.

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