23 – French soprano Mariette Mazarin (1874-1952) as Santuzza (“Cavalleria rusticana”), Monnaie, Brussels. The first soprano voice to be ever heard in a radio broadcast in New York, 1910.

Of Italian descent, her impassioned temperament was “mesmerizing”. An adopted child, she made her debut aged 17. She created the title-role of “Elektra” with Caruso in America. She ended her life broken, disabled and blind. She left a rare recording legacy.