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48 – Enigmatic French soprano Jeanne Bonavia (1894-1938) as Floria Tosca, Opéra Comique, 1929.

Little is known of this soprano of Maltese descent who created the world premiere of “Turandot” in French (Brussels, 1926), except that she had a large dark voice and an electrifying stage presence.

She died prematurely in Nice, due to seafood poisoning after a performance of “Tannhäuser”. She left no known recording legacy.

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