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Belgian contralto Meyriane Héglon [Meyriane Willemsen] (1867-

1942) studied under Mmes. Sasse and Barthot. She made her debut

(1890) at the Paris Opéra as Madeleine in Rigoletto. She remained at

that house for 15 years where she sang in Aida, Die Walküre (the first

Paris Opéra performance), Samson et Dalila, Cree Djelna, La Montagne

Noire, Otello, etc.. She was seen in the 1894 world premiere of

Massenet's Thaïs in the role of Myrtale. Héglon was a frequent

performer at theaters throughout the French provinces. The opera

Théodora, written by husband, Xavier Leroux, and first performed in

Monte Carlo (1907), was created for Héglon. After her retirement she

taught singing. In 1917 at the Monte Carlo Opera, some of her students

(Monin, Vellini, Coste and Stora) appeared in the one-act opera Les

Cadeaux de Noel which was written and conducted by Leroux. In 1918

she briefly emerged from retirement to sing the role of La Mere in

another opera created by Leroux, 1814. Héglon was equally known for

her acting skills and her brilliant singing. Nino Vallin, who had a stunning

operatic career, was a Héglon pupil.

Danish tenor/baritone Paul Hansen (1886-1967). He made his debut in Copenhagen (1908) as Sverkel in Lida Kirsten. In Berlin he studied with Louise Reuss-Belce and Lilli Lehmann. In 1919 he began singing both baritone and tenor roles and as a result he mastered over 150 roles encompassing both vocal ranges. He was admired in Berlin as a singer and an actor. He made several silent films in Berlin, among them, Herrin der Welt, with bass-baritone Michael Bohnen. A Lecocq discovery, French soprano Jane Hading [Jeanne-Alfrédine Tréfouret] (1867-?). She was the possessor of a pretty voice and keen stage instincts, which later helped her in her very successful endeavor as an actress. She made her opera debut in Nice and later performed in Phryné at the Opéra-Comique in 1894. After appearances in Rouen and St. Petersburg she joined the Monnaie in 1896-97 where she appeared in La Traviata and Phryné. She was discovered by Lecocq during a performance of Le Grand Mogol at Marseille. During the run of La Jolie Persane, an operetta written for Hading, she married Lecocq's impresario of the Théâtre de la Renaissance. She was also well known for her performance in Chabrier's Une Education Manquée.
                          Meyriane Héglon 
  A Reutlinger postcard
Hatto [Marguerite Jeanne Frère]: French soprano (1879 - ?): Spent most of her long career at the Paris Opéra, Monnaie, Opéra-Comique . Debut Brunhilde (Sigurd). Created several roles for the French houses in: Les Barbares, Cobzar, Mlle de Nantes, Le Roi Arthus, and Le Voile du Bongeur.