Céline Marier

Céline (also known as Célina, Célinie, Célanie) Marier. Soprano, teacher, b Montreal 17 May 1871?, d there 4 May 1940.

Marier, Céline

Céline (also known as Célina, Célinie, Célanie) Marier. Soprano, teacher, b Montreal 17 May 1871?, d there 4 May 1940. After voice studies with Charles Labelle she performed in 1894 in Montreal and other towns before going in 1896 to Liège, where her teachers were Duysinx and Sylvain Dupuis, and later to Paris, where she worked with Romain Bussine. On returning to Montreal she participated in numerous concerts, particularly with the first MSO, for which she appeared with the French bass Pol Plançon in 1900 and sang the title role in Massenet's dramatic oratorio La Vierge in 1902. She soon dedicated herself to teaching, however, first (1905) at the Conservatoire national and later privately. She staged several operas, including Carmen and Mignon, with her best pupils. Among her pupils were Louis Bourdon, Cédia Brault, Lionel Daunais, Roger Doucet, Lottie Farrar, Sarah Fischer, Jacques Labrecque, Caro Lamoureux, Simone Quesnel, and Alice Raymond. Frédéric Pelletier wrote: 'Here was a singing teacher who never considered her profession as a trade to provide her with an income but rather as a calling to which she responded with all her time, all her thoughts and all her love.'


Further Reading

  • Pelletier, Frédéric. 'Mlle Célinie Marier,' Entre-Nous, vol 1, Jun 1930

    Huguenin, Madeleine [Anne Marie]. Portraits de femmes (Montreal 1938)