10 – American soprano Sybil Sanderson (1865-1903) as Lucie (“Lucie de Lammermoor”), Opéra-Comique, ca. 1890, a role in which she was dubbed the « Sensational Young American”.

Despite her meteoric rise to stardom (she created Massenet’s “Esclarmonde” and “Thaïs”) and privileged relation with composers, her life was not a happy one: poor health and depression wrecked her voice.

She reputedly had an affair with Massenet, and left a recording legacy.

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