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Jennie Tourel (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: June 22, 1900 - Vitebsk, Russia
Died: November 23, 1973 - New York, USA

The prominent Russian-born American, Jennie Tourel (real name, Davidovich), played first flute, then studied piano. After the Revolution, her family left Russia and settled temporarily near Danzig. They later moved to Paris, where she continued to study piano and contemplated a concert career. She then began to take voice lessons with Anna El-Tour, and decided to devote herself to professional singing. She changed her last name to Tourel by transposing the syllables of her teacherís name.

Jennie Tourel made her operatic debut at the Opéra Russe in Paris in 1931. Then she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in May 1937, as Mignon. In 1937, just before the occupation of Paris by Nazi troops, she went to Lisbon, and eventually emigrated to the USA. She appeared on the Metropolitan Opera roster in 1943-1945 and 1946-1947. She became naturalized American citizen in 1946. In 1951 she created the role of Baba the Turk in Igor Stravinskyís The Rakeís Progress in Venice.

In later years, Jennie Tourel devoted herself to recitals and orchestra engagements, excelling particularly in French repertoire. She also taught at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and at the Aspen (Colorado) School of Music.


Source: Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2001)

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Bach Aria Group

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Aria from BWV 116

Pablo Casals

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BWV 170 [unissued], Aria from BWV 244

Leonard Bernstein

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BWV 243 [1st]

Links to other Sites

Juilliard Journal Online: Jennie Tourel Returns to Juiliard

WIEM: Tourel Jennie [Polish]

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