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(1) Dalmores
(2) Dalmores
(3) D’Andrade
(4) D’Andrade
(5) D’Andrade
(6) Darclée
(7) Darclée
(8) Davidov
(9) Davidov
(10) Davidov
(1-2) Charles Dalmorès (1871-1939): French dramatic tenor. He first  studied horn at the Paris Conservatory which led to engagements by the  Cologne and Lamoureaux Orchestras for two years each. His tenor  debut (6 Oct 1899) took place in Rouen. He was a popular figure at the  Monnaie, the Paris Opéra, Covent Garden, and the Manhattan and  Chicago Operas.  (3-5) Portuguese baritone Francesco D'Andrade (1859-1921) as Don Giovanni, the role for which he was particularly famous. He studied with Ronconi and Miraglia. He made his debut in San Remo (1882) as Amonasro (Aida). He spent the majority of his career in Germany, where he eventually settled. (6-7) Hariclée Darclée (1860-1939): Italian soprano. She created the title role of Tosca for Puccini in 1900. Darclée made her debut (1888) in Paris as Marguerite in Faust. Her immediate success led to the title roles in the world premieres of La Wally in 1892, the score of which was dedicated to her, and Iris in 1898. She retired in 1918 a relatively rich woman, but bad management of her finances forced her into the Verdi Home in Milan. She died penniless in Bucharest, where she had been born. Seen here as Tosca. (8-10) As a young man, tenor Alexander Davidov (1872-1944) toured with choirs to practice his chosen trade. In order to afford private lessons he worked long hours at hard labor and lived in shelters for vagrants. When he was ready, he accepted leading roles in Odessa, Kharkov and Kiev before becoming a member of Mamontov's Private Opera company in Moscow. Davidov appeared with success at the Imperial Opera in St. Petersburg and at the Paris Opéra. However, his career came to an unfortunate end around 1912 because of his decision to sing heavier roles than his essentially lyric voice could handle and because of his eventual deafness. Image 8, a double exposure postcard, shows Davidov as both the singing pianist and the suffering listener. Jeanne Daffetye (1878–1962) was born Jeanne-Marie-Victorine Deffayet in Paris and made her stage debut (Bordeaux: 1897) under the name Daffetye, an anagrammatic pseudonym. Her Opéra-Comique debut took place on 29 October 1899 as a spirit in Cendrillon. She remained there for five seasons, where she created several small roles, including Bertrade in the world premiere of Massenet’s Grisélidis. In 1904 she went to Anvers where she sang lead roles such as  Manon, Mimi, Juliette, and Violetta, and continued to sing in smaller French houses. She was married to pianist and composer Henri Dèze.
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