Heldy, Fanny [Deceuninck, Marguerite Virginia Emma Clémentine]
- André Tubeuf
[Deceuninck, Marguerite Virginia Emma Clémentine]
(b Ath, nr Liège, Feb 29, 1888; d Paris, Dec 13, 1973). French soprano of Belgian birth. After studies at the Liège Conservatoire she made her début as Elena in Gunsbourg’s Ivan le Terrible in 1910 at La Monnaie, Brussels, in October 1910, remaining there until 1912. She appeared at Monte Carlo (1914–18), Warsaw and St Petersburg and made her Paris début in February 1917 as Violetta at the Opéra-Comique, which became her artistic home for more than two decades; her roles there included Rosina, Butterfly, Manon, Olympia, Antonietta and Giulietta, and Tosca. She made her début at the Opéra as Gounod's Juliet in December 1920. In addition to the conventional repertory, to which she invariably brought particular distinction, she created many roles, among them Portia in Hahn's Le marchand de Venise (1935, Opéra) and the Duke of Reichstadt in Honegger and Ibert's L'aiglon (...