Fursch-Madi, Emmy


Dramatic soprano, with a creditable dramatic record; born in Bayonne, France. She was a pupil of the Paris Conservatory and made her first appearance on  the operatic stage as Marguerite in Faust. She shortly afterward created the role of Aida, in Verdi's opera of that name, at the request of the composer. Mme. Fursch-Madi visited America in 1874 with the New Orleans French Opera Company, and sang at Covent Garden, London, in 1879 to 1881, and in New York at the Academy of Music and the Metropolitan Opera House, where her final appearance was made in February, 1894, as Ortrud in Lohengrin. She sang under the management of Colonel Mapleson in Don Giovanni, and was from the time of her first appearance a favorite in London and New York as well as in Paris. Her greatest successes were made in Lucrezia Borgia, Donna Anna, Aida, Leonora in II Trovatore and Valentine in Faust. Mme. Fursch-Madi was placed in charge of the vocal department of the National Conservatory of Music, New York, and died at Warrenville, N. J.