Freda Betti

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Freda Betti
Born Frédérique Thérèse Augusta Betti
(1924-02-26)February 26, 1924
Nice, France
Died November 13, 1979(1979-11-13) (aged 55)
Nice, France
Nationality French nationality
Education Conservatory of Nice
Occupation Mezzo-soprano opera singer, Singing teacher
Years active 1947–1970
Known for Carmen

Freda Betti (26 February 1924 – 13 November 1979), whose birth name was Frédérique Betti, was a French mezzo-soprano singer.[1]


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 sang on major national scenes (Nantes, Nice, Strasbourg, Toulouse) and European (Monte-Carlo, La Scala), as well as in numerous opera festivals, including Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Bayreuth.

She also participated in the original production of L'Opéra d'Aran by Gilbert Bécaud, in 1962, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

She dedicated to the teaching of singing at the Conservatory of Monaco in the 1970s.

She died in 1979 at the age of 55. She was buried in the Cimetière du Château in Nice.

Personal life[edit]

Freda Betti was married October 29, 1949 in Levallois-Perret with René Clermont (1919-1976). The couple had two children.

Freda Betti was the little sister of the composer and pianist Henri Betti. His great grandnephew is footballer Alexy Bosetti.



  1. ^ Central Opera Service bulletin, Volume 23, No. 1. (1981). Obituary: Freda Betti. p. 39

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