Élisabeth Duparc

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Élisabeth Duparc

Élisabeth Duparc or Du Parc, nicknamed "La Francesina", (died 1778) was a French soprano notable for appearing in several premieres and performances of the oratorios and operas of Handel - she played the title role, for example, in the premiere of Semele, and sang in the premiere of Saul.[1]

After training in Italy she sang in Florence (1731, 1734–35) then London (1736 onwards) - at the latter she initially joined the Opera of the Nobility, where she appeared in operas by Riccardo Broschi, Egidio Duni, Giovanni Battista Pescetti and Francesco Maria Veracini.


  1. ^ Roland de Candé Les chefs-d'oeuvre classiques de la musique 2000 "Saul. Janvier 1739 Haymarket .. Gustavus Waltz (B), John Beard (T), Cecilia Young-Arne (S), Élisabeth Duparc (la Francesina; S). Direction : Haendel."