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|Born||Frédérique Thérèse Augusta Betti
February 26, 1924
|Died||November 13, 1979
|Education||Conservatory of Nice|
|Occupation||Mezzo-soprano opera singer, Singing teacher|
Freda Betti was born in 1924 into a modest family : her father was a house painter and her mother a fishmonger.
She studied music and especially singing at the Conservatory of Nice, where she obtained a Premier Prix de Chant in 1943. She made her debut at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in 1947 as Siébel in Faust by Charles Gounod. She appeared frequently with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France of the RTF in the early 1950s, before entering the troupe of the Opéra-Comique in the 1960s. She sang the title role in particular of Carmen by Georges Bizet.
She dedicated to the teaching of singing at the Conservatory of Monaco in the 1970s.
Freda Betti was married October 29, 1949 in Levallois-Perret with René Clermont (1919-1976). The couple had two children.
- 1947 : Faust by Charles Gounod : Siebel
- 1950 : Le Domino noir by Daniel Auber : Ursule
- 1951 : L'Ivrogne corrigé by Christoph Willibald Gluck : Mathurine
- 1952 : Le Joueur de flûte by Hervé : Busa
- 1954 : Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod : Gertrude
- 1955 : The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini : Berta
- 1956 : Le Jour et la Nuit by Charles Lecocq : Sanchette
- 1957 : Gillette de Narbonne by Edmond Audran : Gillette
- 1961 : Rip by Robert Planquette : Kate
- 1963 : Giroflé-Girofla by Charles Lecocq : Aurore
- 1963 : La Chanson de Fortunio by Jacques Offenbach : Babe
- Central Opera Service bulletin, Volume 23, No. 1. (1981). Obituary: Freda Betti. p. 39
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