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Soprano Octavie Belloy (aka Tavie Belge, 1894-1965) as Rita “Herbergprinses”, Royal Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1935

She made her debut in opera at Antwerp in 1911 then moved to London, appearing in musicals and operetta. At the outbreak of WW1, she moved to Canada and the United States where she scored major triumphs on Broadway, also giving patriotic concerts. She sang in Antwerp until 1935 then, despite prestigious offers, she quit the stage due to health problems, purportedly caused by a post-war traumatic shock.