These postcards were produced for the 1900-1901 season at the Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium. Each sepia card has an individually designed nouveau-styled frame surrounding a featured performer from that season. These cards are very seldom seen.Madame Duval-Melchissedec: “Madame Duval-Melchissedec had a noble voice and stage presence, but impedes her own progress in the operatic world and troubles the management by apparently taking immense pains to sing out of time. I regret to say she has left the Monnaie.” The Monthly Musical Record, Volume 31, February 1, 1901.E. Gottrand.Performed in the role of Noémie with Louise Homer on a 3 Nov 1899 Cendrillon, and Freia in Das Rheingold on 31 Oct 1898.French soprano Marie Thiéry (1875-1918) made her first appearance at the Monnaie during the 1900-01 season as Mimi in La Bohème. Her career was established at the Opéra-Comique where she had great success. She made her debut there in Gounod's Mireille (1898). She was involved in several world premieres, among them the title role in Missa's Muguette (1903), Bruneau's L'Enfant Roi as Georget (1905), and Silver's Le Clos as Genevieve (1906). She was well known for her Micaëla (Carmen), Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia), Marie (La Fille du régiment), Sophie (Werther), and the title roles of Lakmé and Manon.Jean Vallier. French bass who sang with the Monte Carlo Opera from 1892 to 1911. He sang the role of the High Priest the New York premiere (Manhattan Opera: 1909) of Herodiade with Lina Cavalieri and Charles Dalmores.Belgian mezzo-soprano Jeanne Maubourg (1875 [possibly 1873] - 12 May 1953). She made her stage debut (1895) at the Théâtre des Galeries in Brussels in the opera Ali Baba. She joined the Monnaie in 1897 where she appeared in Manon, Les Charmeurs, La Fille du Régiment, La Domino Noir, Les Deux Billets, Les Dragons de Villars, Lakmé, Mireille, Faust, La Bohème, Roméo et Juliette, Guillaume Tell and the French version of Die Meistersinger (Maîtres Chanteurs), and the first Monnaie Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel in 1898. She remained at the Monnaie until 1907. In 1909 she came to the Metropolitan Opera and found a home for five seasons in spite of being limited to minor roles in over 200 performances. Sang in the American premiere (1912) of Le Donne Curiose under Toscanini. Chicago Opera (1915, 1916).Other postcard seen in the 1900-1901 Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie set:Hippolyte Mondaud
Augusta Doria (Charleston, MA: 17 Jun 1873 - ). Augusta Doria is the stage name of Augusta Klous, from Charleston, Massachusetts (her parents were born in Prussia). After various small appearances in America, she traveled to Berlin in 1894. Eventually, she wound up as a pupil of Madame Marchesi in Paris. Although engaged for the Opera Comique, she never sang there. Instead, she appeared at the Monnaie on 20 Nov 1900 as Brangaene in Tristan und Isolde. She married a Belgian and became Madame Doria. Later, she was back in America (1908) to sing with the Manhattan Opera House.