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Soprano Marie-Louise Floriaval (1910-1988) as Missia Palmieri (“The Merry Widow”), Coliseum, Brussels, 1946: The Seductress

She took her stage name, literally meaning “flowers valley” from a Belgian barony in 1930. She scored tremendous successes as a lyric-coloratura in opera and operetta and was a keen concert soloist and promoter of works sung in their original language. Married to baritone and stage director Roger Lefèvre.