Madeleine Farrère (1901-1984) as Violetta (“La Traviata”), Monnaie, 1931: The unremitting and versatile musician

She was arguably one of the most accomplished sopranos ever, whose voice was compared to the “sound of a violin”, reminiscent of Maria Ivogün’s. Pianist, violinist, celesta player and music coach, her golden voice was ideal for lyric-coloratura roles. Unhappily married to Belgian tenor Frans Gijsen (aka De Guise).