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French tenor Fernand Francell (Paris: 1880 - Paris: 1966). He studied at the National Conservatory in Paris and made his operatic debut at the Opéra-Comique as Vincent in Mireille (1906). He appeared at the Théâtre Gaîté Lyrique in Mignon (seen here) with Jean Marié de l'Isle. His Paris Opéra debut came on 1 Apr 1919 in a gala singing an except as Monsieur Balandard from Offenbach's Monsieur Choufleuri. There too he sang Paco in the Paris premiere of La Vida Breve (1913). After his retirement from stage he became a professor at the Conservatory in Paris. Tenor Ejner Forchhammer as Siegfried. Tenor M. Forgeur in La Fiancée de la Mer. German soprano Katharina Fleischer-Edel (1873-1928) made guest appearances at Bayreuth as Elisabeth and Elsa in 1904, Brangane and Sieglinde in 1906, and Sieglinde and Elsa in 1908. She repeated her Elisabeth, Elsa, and Brünnhilde at the Metropolitan Opera in 1906. She possessed a fine lyric voice but was not particularly noted for her acting. Swedish baritone John Forsell (1868-1941) in Mona Lisa. He made his debut (1896) in Stockholm as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. During the 1909-1910 season he was seen at the Metropolitan Opera. From 1923 through 1939 he held an administrative position at the Stockholm Opera.
                  Bertha Foerster-Lauterer
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Italian soprano Maria Farneti (Forli, Italy: 8 Dec 1877 - 17 Oct 1955). She made her debut in 1898. She was well known as an interpreter of verismo operas. She was admired by Mascagni, who took her on his company tour of North America in 1902. She was especially admired in South America and at La Scala. She sand the title role in Isabeau at the world premiere in the Teatro Coliseo (1911). She retired in 1911 after she married a lawyer. Seen here as Hérodiade. Nina Alexandrowna Friede (St. Petersburg, Russia: 1859 - post 1940). Russian mezzo-soprano. Daughter of a Russian General, she began piano studies at the Petersburg Conservatory when she was 13 years old. There she also took up voice lessons, followed by lessons with Mathilde Marchesi in Vienna and Paris. She made her debut (1882) at the Teatro Niccolini in Florence in Linda di Chamounix. She then traveled to Barcelona to perform at the Teatro Liceo. While in Spain she studied voice but this time with Ronconi. She performed frequently in Russia, and appeared in Monte Carlo, Warsaw, and Paris. She also gave many concert performances. Czech soprano Bertha Foerster-Lauterer (Prague: 11 Jan 1869 - Prague: 9 Apr 1936) as Carmen. She studied with Antonia Pladková and Tauwitz in Prague. Debut at the National Theater (1888) as Agathe in Der Freischütz. Married composer Joseph Bohuslav Foerster (1859 - 1951) in 1890. Appearances in Prague, Vienna (under the baton of Mahler), Berlin, Hamburg, Munich. Gave up her career in 1914, living and teaching in Prague thereafter.
                          Maria Farneti
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