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Lina Cavalieri, 1910s. Opera singer. Hers is the face that appears repeatedly, obsessively, in Piero Fornasetti's designs.

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Maria Callas. Every publicity picture of her dares you to doubt her. I'm difficult because I expect the best.

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Lina Cavalieri (1874 - 1944) was an Italian opera singer known as the "world's most beautiful woman." Orphaned at the age of 15, she went to Paris where she took voice lessons, and made her opera debut in 1900. She married four times. After retiring from opera, Cavalieri ran a cosmetic salon in Paris, published a book, made motion pictures, and worked as a WWII volunteer nurse. She and her forth husband were killed during an Allied bombing raid in 1944.

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Ruth Vincent (22 March 1877 – 4 July 1955) was an English opera singer and actress, best remembered for her performances in soprano roles of the Savoy Operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in the 1890s and her roles in the West End during the first decade of the 20th century, particularly her role as Sophia in Tom Jones.

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Lina Cavalieri, c1900, She was considered one the most beautiful woman in the world. As a young girl, she ran from the orphanage with a theatre group, made career as vaudeville singer first in Paris and soon all around Europe. In 1900 she debuted as opera singer, soon conquering the operahouses of Monte-Carlo, Paris and New York. She was famous for her hour-glass-like corsets, visible in photographs and portraits by Cesare Tallone and Giovanni Boldini.

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Today's Best Opera Singers: Sopranos and Mezzo-Sopranos

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Katherine Jenkins in Royal Ascot 2009 - Day 1

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