Elen (Helen Audette) Dozia(Zygomala)

Soloist, Soprano
An artist of Greek descent. She was born in Athens or Istanbul (13/10/1913 or 1915 or 1918). At an early age she moved with her family to France, where initially she took dance lessons, while at age sixteen she began vocal studies at the Paris Conservatoire National. She first appeared in 1936 in the Parisian Comic Opera (Opéra-Comique) as Tosca. She continued to appear in the Comic Opera and the Grand Opera de Paris until 1952, when she retired from active duty. She particularly excelled in French opera of the late 19th century. Many times has she portrayed Manon, as well as Mélisande in the opera Pelléas and Mélisande [Pelléas et Mélisande], Thaïs in the opera of the same name by Massenet, Juliet in the opera Romeo and Juliet [Roméo et Juliette], Marguerite [Faust] and Mimi [La bohème]. She married the tenor André Burdino with whom she sang during the period 1937-1940 at the Opera of Chicago, where she was distinguished for her French repertoire roles, such as Manon, Juliet and Antonia [The Tales of Hoffmann/Les contes d’Hoffmann]. She returned to the United States of America during the period 1947-1949. She first appeared in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York as Tosca on 15/11/1947. In 1951 she appeared in the movie “Of Men and Music” by FOX, singing parts from Hérodiade. She also starred in opera productions in Brussels, Prague, Zurich, Belgrade and Istanbul. She died in Paris on 10/05/2002. In 1947 she collaborated with the GNO in the production of Manon embodying the homonymous heroine of Massenet. At the same time she gave a recital (24/03/1947) performing songs by Gounod, Fauré, Debussy, Louis Betts, Spathis and Petridis, as well as arias from operas by Purcell, Gluck, Debussy and Massenet.