Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Mado Robin

Yzeures is on the banks of the Creuse river (as the name suggests) about 10km (6 miles) from Preuilly-sur-Claise. Its population is about the same as Preuilly's, and it has our nearest large supermarket and hardware store.

It was the birthplace in 1914 of Mado Robin, who went on to become the possessor of one of operas most remarkable voices, managing to sing higher in performance than anyone else of her period (D4 above high-C, for those who understand these things).

She toured the United States and Russia before dying of liver cancer in Paris in 1960.

There is now a museum in Yzeures which contains items of her stage costumes, and a statue in the main square.


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