Beecham’s Marguerite has died, aged 98

Forumopera reports the death of Georgette Boué, known as ‘Geori’, star of Sasha Guitry’s film Malibran and hand-picked by Sir Thomas in 1947 for a recording of one of his favourite operas, Gounod’s Faust.

She was married to the baritone Roger Bourdin, who died in 1973.

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  • One day when I was about 12 (52 years ago), I happened to pull an ancient-looking LP from the shelves where my parents kept their somewhat oddly diverse collection of recordings. I knew almost nothing about opera. But the LP was excerpts from Beecham’s ’47 Faust. I fell in love. It’s a wonder I didn’t drive my parents to distraction (?maybe I did?–but they didn’t stop me) by playing “Faust” umpteen times. The soloists are not always ideal, I suppose, but they seemed, in retrospect, oh-so-French. So, R.I.P., Geori-Boue.

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