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Soprano Claudine Boons (1894-1945) as Jaroslavná (“Prince Igor”), Monnaie, 1940: Belgium’s own short-lived Dame Eva Turner!

A school teacher, she was persuaded to relinquish her job and embark on a singing career. In an essentially Belgian career of 12 years, she left her audience in awe and under her magic spell. During WW2, she was offered to succeed Jane Bonavia as Princess Turandot in a specially-mounted production, but due to bad health, she quit the stage and taught in Liège. She left a recording legacy.