Marthe Nespoulous


Marthe Nespoulous, was born in 1894 in Paris of a Greek family. Originally planning to work in education, she was accepted by the Opéra in 1923 and made her debut in a small role in Herodiade, but her first leading role was as Thaïs in 1926 when she also played Nedda in Pagliacci. Though ostensibly contracted to the Opéra, she often (without consent) joined other opera companies including those in Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Naples, as well as several French provincial companies; this eventually led to a showdown with the Opera management and her retirement from singing; thereafter she returned to teaching, and from 1947 she was a professor at the Conservatoire in Bordeaux, where she lived until her death in 1962. She left a reasonable (for the day) recorded legacy of both operatic arias and songs by composers such as Duparc, Gailhard, Hahn and Bernheim – all made for Columbia between 1927 and 1933.