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Singer & Musician

FrenchBorn Madeleine Marie ROBIN

French coloratura soprano

Born on December 29, 1918 in Yzeures-sur-Creuse, France , France

Died on December 10, 1960 in Paris, France

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Robin was born in Yzeures-sur-Creuse, Touraine, where she owned the Château Les Vallées. A star of television and radio in the 1950s, she was well known in France. Among her roles were Lakmé, which she recorded for Decca Records in 1952 (with Georges Sébastian conducting), Lucia di Lammermoor, Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Gilda in Rigoletto, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Leyla in Les pêcheurs de perles. In 1954 she went to San Francisco to sing Lucia and Gilda, and had a successful tour of the Soviet Union with 16 concerts over a few weeks.

She hit D above double-high C in live performance in Vichy (D7 in scientific pitch notation or about 2349 Hz).


At 17 she married Alan Smith, an Englishman, who died shortly after World War II in a car crash. She had one daughter. Mado died in Paris in 1960 from cancer (some sources state liver cancer, others leukaemia) a few days before the 1500th performance of Lakmé at the Opéra-Comique, which had organized the event for her birthday.

A museum to her life opened in her home town in 2009.

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