Lucy Arbell (born Georgette Wallace, Paris, September 1882, died Paris, 1947), was a French mezzo-soprano whose operatic career was mainly centred in Paris and who was particularly associated with the composer Jules Massenet.
Life and career
She had a close relationship with the late operas of Massenet, creating roles in Ariane (Perséphone), Thérèse (title role), Bacchus (Queen Amahelli), Don Quichotte (Dulcinée), Roma (Postumia), and Panurge (Colombe).
As a singer she is described as having a strong, vibrant ‘mezzo-contralto’ and a vivacious personality.
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