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Soprano Fanny Heldy (1888-1973) in the title role in Obéron for the creation at the Monnaie, 1911: The resolute and much coveted soprano…

A modern soprano with a voice of ample range and brilliance, she exuded sophistication, despite her somewhat stern looks. Her humble Belgian origins did not prevent her from becoming an artist at the Paris Opéra and in society.  Taxing roles, e.g. “Esclarmonde”, “Madame Butterfly” and “Tosca” harmed her voice. She left a recording legacy.