With the Variétés lyriques her first assignment (1937) was the title role in Carmen, opposite Raoul Jobin. The following year she sang Charlotte in Werther, with Jacques Gérard. In 1943 she was Marina in Boris Godunov, with Ezio Pinza and artists from the Metropolitan Opera at the St-Denis Theatre, and in 1944 she performed for the Ladies' Morning Musical Club. From then on she devoted her time mainly to recital work and teaching. In 1958 a Canada Council grant enabled her to go to Rome to perfect her knowledge of vocal technique with Maria Canelli and Tito Schipa. Her voice may be heard in the NFB production Chantons maintenant. Among her pupils are Constance Lambert and Colette Merola. She has composed songs inspired by her native region, some of which were published under a pseudonym (Huit Chants acadiens de Marie Lebrun, Archambault 1955). The following comment appeared in La Presse (Montreal, 31 Oct 1934): 'The vocal authority of this singer, who sings as naturally as others breathe, is generally acknowledged. Her voice, which is of unusual beauty and amplitude, is used with extraordinary accuracy and authority.' Her collection of about 900 vocal scores, and of her compositions, is held at the BN du Q.
Author Gilles Potvin
Anna Malenfant chante Lionel Daunais. Lachance, piano. 1984. SNE 511
Bourque 'Évangéline,' 'Le Pêcheur acadien.' Blaquière Septet. Bluebird B-1230 (78)
Lebrun 9 chants acadiens. Newmark, piano. ca 1958. RCI 150
See also Trio lyrique.
Tanguay, Yves. 'Anna Malenfant,' P-T, 885, Apr 1945
Gingras, Claude. 'Le folklore et la chanson d'Acadie,' Montreal La Presse, 24 Jun 1955
Chiasson, Anselme. Anna Malenfant: gloire de l'Acadie et du Canada (Moncton 1999)