6 – French soprano Rose Caron (1857-1930) as Elisabeth (“Tannhäuser”), Opéra de Paris, ca. 1885-1886.

Following a modest debut and a stint as a chorister, she ruled as a primadonna, esteemed by composers and conductors alike. A respected personality in the Parisian posh circles. Her elegiac figure and acting skills were mesmerizing.

She helped funding the construction of the new Opéra-Comique and left a recording legacy.