43 – Belgian soprano Fanny Heldy (1888-1973) as “Obéron”, creation, Monnaie, Brussels, 1911. At the outbreak of WW1, she moved to Paris and became the reigning primadonna of the Opéra de Paris.

Her flawless voice and stylish technique can be heard on recordings. Once married to a wealthy French industrialist, she contemptuously forgot her humble Belgian origins and became a French citizen, rarely singing again in her homeland.

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