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Caroline Vanderheuvel-Duprez (1832 - 1875), French soprano
Madame Vandenheuvel was born Caroline Duprez in Florence on 10 April 1832. Her father was the famous tenor Gilbert Duprez, with whom she sometimes appeared.. A soprano, she made her Paris début in 1850 at the ThéÔtre Italien in La Somnambula. The following year she helped to produce the world Première of her father's opera Joanita in Brussels. In 1852 she created the r¶le of Angela in Marco Spada. She also appeared in Lyon (1856-1858), the Garnier Palace (1860), Bordeaux, London, St. Petersburg, and at the ThéÔtre-Lyrique in Paris. She died on 17 April 1875 (her father outlived her by twenty-one years.) (Paul Frecker)
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The daughter of celebrated tenor Gilbert Louis Duprez (1806-1875), the principal tenor of Opera Paris from 1839-49. Caroline Duprez was born in Florence in 1832. She was a soprano who studied with her father who had founded his own school in Paris in 1853, after he had served as professor of voice at Paris Conservatoire from 1842-50. Her voice was described as "light with high range." Meyerbeer chose her to create the role of Catherine in his opera, "L' Etoile du Nord," which debuted in Paris in 1854. Caroline Duprez is shown at Theatre-Lyrique in Paris, in May 1858, as lead in Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," which had been translated into French by Jules Barbier and Michael Carre. She was married to the musician, Vanderheuvel in 1856. Her early career was as a dramatic singer (1850), and then she was connected to comique opera (1852) and did not appear in large opera until after 1858. She died 17 April 1875 in Pau.
(Kindly contributed by T. Max Hochstetler, June 2007)