Anna Van Ghell

Anna Van Ghell was a Belgian singer who starred in numerous operettas in Paris. She was called Anna Vanghel or Vanghell in France.


Van Ghell was the student of her father who was a conductor.[1]

She made her debut at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, in the travesti role of prince Raphael in La princesse de Trébizonde, 7 December 1869, then appeared in Les Bavardes. She left the Bouffes for the Théâtre des Variétés, to play the role of Fiorella in Les Brigands. She played Jane in Le trône d'Ecosse by Hervé, performed in Les cent vierges by Charles Lecocq, and the role of Metella in Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne. She appeared at the Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique under the name of Rose Friquet but after two or three performances her contract was terminated because the repertoire did not suit her, and she returned to the Variétés. She went to the Théâtre des Folies-Dramatiques for the revival of La Fiancée du roi de Garbes.[2] She played the role of Clairette in La Fille de madame Angot.[3]



  1. Jules Prével (28 August 1874). "Les théâtres de Paris". Le Figaro (in French) (225). p. 3. Retrieved 5 November 2018..
  2. La Fiancée du roi de Garbes
  3. Félix Jahyer (24 December 1874). "Anna Van Ghell". Paris-théâtre (in French). p. 2. Retrieved 5 November 2018..
  4. Adolphe de Groot on BnF
  5. Rothomago, documents iconographiques, 1877 available at Gallica
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