Tribute by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, to Denise Scharley
With Denise Scharley, she is a great figure of our beautiful canto who
leaves us, an admirable mezzo contralto, this range so rare that
descends to the depths of the soul. Amazing Mélisande in 1942 to
his debut at the Opéra Comique, Marguerite de Gounod,
his last role in 1983 in Toulouse, his career embraced the roles,
most prestigious scenes and partners of his time.
She was a Carmen, a Dalila, a Charlotte, a dreamed Tatiana,
with that dimension of fire and ice that was his mark of
nobility. For music lovers, she will remain a Madame de Croissy in
in the great agony scene of the Dialogue of the
Carmelites of Poulenc.
Through her talent, she has reigned over the broadest repertoire, from
Rameau in Lesur, and helped to create several works of the twentieth
century: Mermaid of Daniel Lesur or Medium of Menotti.
I pay tribute to this great French singer, whom we
we are not done listening and loving.