A Callas partner dies of Covid

A Callas partner dies of Covid


norman lebrecht

February 16, 2021

The French soprano Andréa Guiot, who sang Micaela opposite Maria Callas in the EMI Georges Pretre recording, has died in Nimes, aged 93. The cause of death was Covid-19.

Guiot had a 20-year stage career, retiring in 1975 and going on to teach voice at the Paris Conservatoire.


  • clarrieu says:

    …she will also be remembered for the beautiful soprano solo in the legendary Jean Martinon recording of Florent Schmitt’s Psaume XLVII, an absolute masterwork of XXth century oratorio:

    • Jeffrey Miller says:

      As well as the outstanding EMI highlights from Guillaume Tell with Gedda, not (yet) ever released on CD.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Andréa Guiot – what a beautiful voice she had! She was superb in everything she sang.
    But I don’t understand the headline. “A CALLAS PARTNER….”? Just for being on *one* recording with Callas?
    Madame Guiot was MUCH more than “a Callas partner”. A glance at her Wikipedia page will tell you that.
    Instead, how about: “MAJOR FRENCH SOPRANO…”?
    And after her singing career ended, she taught voice for many years at the Paris Conservatoire.
    Farewell, cher Madame….

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    Couldn’t you find a better way to celebrate her life than to dredge up Callas’ name? Partner? I think of a Callas partner as Di Stefano, Simionato, Stignani, Corelli, Zaccaria, or Serafin.

    Micaela and Carmen are onstage together for one brief scene, at the end of Act III. Is that what you construe as a partnership?