The great Russian soprano Antonina Nezhdanova (1873-1950) in Marguerite de Valois' aria "O beau pays de la Touraine" from Act 2 of Meyerbeer's grand opera Les Huguenots. The recording was made in 1908 for Gramophone Co.. This video features a picture of Nezhdanova, possibly in the costume of Queen Marguerite, set against the exterior and interior of the Palace of Fontainebleau as backgrounds.
The audio file comes from an album featuring Nezhdanova's recordings on Preiser. The original 78rpm disc used by Preiser for this transcription was in less than mint condition. My warm appreciations to Doug@CurzonRoad for so kindly and generously offering his help in making the best possible effort to clean up the audio file.
The following biographical notes on Nezhdanova comes from Andrea's subito-cantabile: A Site for Collectors of Great Singers of the Past (
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