Star of the Opéra Comique has died, aged 104main
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.