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Sibyl Sanderson

Born: Dec 7, 1865

Death: May 16, 1903

Birthplace: Sacramento

Profession: Singer

Nationality: United States

Sibyl Sanderson

Date of Birth : Dec 7, 1865
Date of Death : May 16, 1903
Birth Place : Sacramento

Sibyl Sanderson was a famous American operatic soprano during the Parisian Belle Epoque. She was born in Sacramento, California, in the United States. Sibyl's father Silas Sanderson was a California politician and lawyer; after serving as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, he became a highly paid legal advisor to the Southern Pacific Railroad. After his death in 1886, she and her mother and sisters moved back to Paris and became transplanted socialites. Sanderson proved to be a remarkably gifted singer and began to appear on the stages of the Opera-Comique, and later Opera, in Paris, most notably in the works of Jules Massenet. She was his favorite soprano and appeared in the premieres of a number of his operas, the roles having been created for her unique talents. She was also a famous interpreter of Manon, Massenet's most enduring opera. She recreated the role of Manon. Sanderson was also admired by Camille Saint-Saens, who wrote the title role in Phryne for her. Success outside of Paris was elusive for Sanderson; she appeared at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera to lackluster reviews.


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