|OPERA SINGER (BELGIUM)|
BORN 29 Feb 1888, Ath, Hainaut - DIED 13 Dec 1973, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine|
BIRTH NAME Deceuninck, Marguerite Virginie Emma Clementine
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 30, ligne 01, numéro 22)
The soprano Fanny Heldy entered the conservatory in Liège in 1908 and won First Prize for singing in 1910. She debuted in October, 1910 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. She continued her career in Brussels until sh fled to England after the outbreak of the First World War. She moved to France where she first met her future husband Marcel Boussac.
On 12 Febraury, 1917 she debuted at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. There she appeared in several productions before she continued her career at the Opera Garnier in 1920. There she was celebrated singer until she retired from the stage in 1938. During her career she appeared several times as Mélisande under the direction of Arturo Toscanini at La Scala in Milan.
In 1939 she married Marcel Boussac who was enormously rich and from then on she concentrated on breeding race horses.
Husband: Boussac, Marcel