Béatrice La Palme

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Béatrice La Palme
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Born (1878-07-27)July 27, 1878
Belœil, Quebec, Canada
Died January 8, 1921(1921-01-08) (aged 42)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Béatrice La Palme (July 27, 1878 – January 8, 1921), was a soprano opera singer, violinist, and music teacher.


Born on July 27, 1878 in Belœil, Quebec, she studied violin with Frantz Jehin-Prume. La Palme performed in public in 1894 before leaving for London in 1895. She was the first winner of the Donald Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Enrique Fernandez Arbos. Her vocal coach was Gustave Garcia and she had the opportunity to sing at a Royal College of Music concert in July 1898. In October 1898 she was sponsored by Donald Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal.[1]

She made her debut at Covent Garden in 1903 and at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 10 September 1905 in Mireille.[2] There she created the role of Madelon in Fortunio, and also sang Colette in La basoche, Micaëla in Carmen, Betly in Le Chalet, Marie in La fille du régiment, Souzouki in Madame Butterfly, Javotte in Manon, Ellen/Rose in Lakmé and Mignon.[3]

She died in Montreal on January 8, 1921.[2]


  1. ^ "Béatrice La Palme". The Canadian Encyclopedia (2010 ed.). Retrieved 2010-07-04. (Marie Alice) Béatrice (Béatrix) La Palme. Soprano, violinist, teacher, b Beloeil, near Montreal, 27 Jul 1878, d Montreal 8 Jan 1921; ARCM 1900. She studied violin with Frantz Jehin-Prume and performed successfully in public in 1894. She left for London in 1895, as first winner of the Lord Strathcona scholarship to the RCM, and studied there with Enrique Fernandez Arbos. Shortly thereafter she began studying voice with Gustave Garcia and sang at an RCM concert in July 1898. In Montreal she appeared as both singer and violinist in Karn Hall in October 1898 under the patronage of Lord Strathcona. ... 
  2. ^ a b "Beatrice La Palme Died Saturday. Canadian Operatic Artist Made Debut at Covent Garden in 1903". Montreal Gazette. January 10, 1921. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  3. ^ Wolff S. Un demi-siècle d'Opéra-Comique 1900-1950. André Bonne, Paris, 1953.