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40 – Nysa Bladel, Belgian soprano (1885-d.) as “Salomé”, holding the head of John the Baptist, Royal French Opera, The Hague, 1925.

A distinguished soprano, she was a triumphant wicked “Salomé”. During an audition for the role at Monte-Carlo, a puzzled director Raoul Gunsbourg (1860-1955) suggested that “her stage props are avoided” in order not “to offend the audience’s ‘grand bourgeois’ puritan morality”: she did not!.

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