Canadian soprano dies – rare pics from a half-forgotten past

Pierrette Alarie – anyone remember her? – was 89 when she died this week. Her husband and singing partner Léopold Simoneau, predeceased her in 2006. They belong to a half-forgotten breed who flourished in the 1940s and 1950s, before the glory of stereo, appealing to live audiences more than armchair buffs.

Here‘s a clip of them singing.

Pierrette Alarie et Léopold Somoneau

And here’s the lady apparently in her dressing-room, actually in a performance of La voix humaine.

More pics here at

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