Mado Robin (1918-1960) was born in Yzeuressur-
Creuse in the Touraine. She won the Paris Concours
des sopranos in 1937, but the outbreak of the Second
Word War delayed the launch of her operatic career.
She made her debut at the Paris Opéra in 1945 as Gilda,
and gave her first performance as Lakmé, which was to
become her most famous rôle, during the following year
at the Opéra-Comique. She enjoyed enormous
popularity in France, where she was also a frequent
broadcaster, her exceptional vocal range enabling her to
sing a wide repertoire. In 1954 she appeared at San
Francisco as Gilda and Lucia, and she toured the USSR
in 1959. She died in Paris in 1960 from cancer, a few
days before the 1,500th performance of Lakmé at the
Opéra-Comique, arranged for her birthday.
Role: Classical Artist