Calvé, Emma

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Calvé, Emma Gender: F
Rosa Noémie Emma Calvet
born on 15 August 1858 at 11:00 (= 11:00 AM )
Place Decazeville, France, 44n34, 2e15
Timezone LMT m2e15 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 22°16' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 10°35 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 29°20'

Emma Calvé (as Carmen)


French soprano opera singer who made her debut at the Brussels opera in 1882. One of the great actress-singers of verismo opera, her technique and range enabled her to perform soprano and mezzo roles. She trained in Paris under Puget, Marchesi and Laborde, making international appearances throughout her career. Though she retired from the stage in 1908, she continuing to give private concerts until 1918.

Singing Pamina, Amina and Lucia, Calve was most memorable for her disturbing, realistic performance of Carmen. Her rich and alluring voice has been quoted by Hahn as "always of the most perfect beauty." She is the author of an autobiography.

Calve died on 6 January 1942 in Millau, France.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : New Career 1882 (Debut in Brussels)
  • Work : Retired 1908 (Semi-retired)
  • Work : Retired 1918

Source Notes

Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'comiques' pdf file, p. 99.

Same data from Steinbrecher quotes B.R.


  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (International performances)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera (Soprano, mezzo roles)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer