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Today’s Memory – Hariclea Darclée

Hariclea Darclée

10 June 1860, Braila – 12 January 1939, Bucharest

Hariclea Darclée (born Hariclea Haricli) was a celebrated Romanian operatic soprano. She possessed an agile, powerful, and beautiful voice that was wielded with a fine technique. Throughout her career she participated in several world premieres, including originating the title roles in Puccini’s Tosca (that Puccini wrote especially for her) Mascagni’s Iris, and Catalani’s La Wally.



Darclée made her debut at the Paris Opéra in 1888 as Marguerite in Charles Gounod’s Faust. In 1889, she replaced Adelina Patti as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

In 1890, Darclée scored a great success in her La Scala debut as Chimène in Massenet’s Le Cid, and was immediately engaged by all the leading Italian theatres. Highlights of her later career in Italy from 1890 on included the world-premières of the part of Odalea in Antônio Carlos Gomes’ Condor at La Scala in Milan in 1891, the title-role in Alfredo Catalani’s La Wally at the same theater in 1892, Luisa in Mascagni’s I Rantzau at the Teatro della Pergola in 1892, and the title roles in Pietro Mascagni’s Iris and Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, both at Teatro Costanzi in Rome in 1899 and 1900, respectively.

George Stephanescu – Cantecul fluierasului (Romanian Song) Hariclea Darclée

Between 1893 and 1910 she appeared frequently in Moscow, St Petersburg, Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid and Buenos Aires. She was very popular in Spain and South America, where she participated in many local premières of new operas by Puccini, Mascagni and Massenet.

Bagă Doamne luna-n nor – Această interpretare face parte dintr-un CD dedicat memoriei sopranei Hariclea Darclee, intitulat Vers şi cântec românesc și aparține Elenei Cernei

Hariclea Darclée sang 58 roles on 56 operas (32 operas of tradition, 12 in absolute première and 16 operas in important premières) by 31 composers; this artist occupies a singular position in the universal history of the opera.

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Vai, Mândruţo Hariclea Darclée 1926

(This is the only record of this legendary diva. Darclee recorded more than 10 arias but they were lost during war)

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