Star of the Opéra Comique has died, aged 104

Operanostalgia has alerted us to the death of Deva Dassy, daughter of a French cabinet minister and mistress of another, who created three roles and was renowned in her day as a dramatic mezzo in Mignon, Werther, Madam Butterfly and La Belle Helene.

Her real name was Marie-Anne Lambert. She was much recorded.

Her lover Georges Mandel, a Resistance hero, was murdered in July 1944.

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  • EricB says:

    “Her lover Georges Mandel, a Resistance hero, was murdered in July 1944.”
    … and has a parisian Avenue to his name and memory, where Maria Callas lived her final years in Paris, and died.

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