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March 27, 2014

Dora Parnès (active late 19th/early 20th Century), variously described as Austrian, Italian and French, international chanteuse, sometimes billed as ‘la belle Napolitaine.’
(photo: unknown, circa 1904)

‘AMUSEMENTS IN ROME … March 8 [1890] …
‘GRAND ORPHEUS MUSIC HALL. – At this elegant hall Chevalier Biscossi provides an attractive programme. Fraulein Dora Parnes, a handsome and fascinating vocalist, continues to warble Teutonic ditties sweetly… .’
(The Era, London, Saturday, 5 April 1890, p. 7c)

Paris, 1896
‘Maîtres dans l’art d’émoustiller la curiosité de leur clientèle mondaine, MM. Borney et Desprez ont imaginé de faire défiler des chanteuses de tous les pays sur la scène coquette du Casino. Hier, c’était la blonde Antoinette de Karsy, fleur de la Néva; aujourd’hui, c’est la brune et belle Dora Parnès, dont les grands yeux parleurs font si bien valoir le charme de ses chansons napolitaines.’
(Le Gaulois, Paris, Saturday, 28 March 1896, p. 1d)

London, 1899
‘Mdlle. Dora Parnes, now appearing at the Empire [Leicester Square, London], should be heard. She sings with fluency and sweetness, and proves herself an artist of exceptional ability. She has a capital repertory of French and Italian songs.’
(The Stage, London, Thursday, 7 September 1899, p. 17d)

Paris, 1907
‘SPECTACLES & CONCERTS …
‘Le programme de l’Olympia est d’ailleurs en ce moment particuliérement intéressant avec Sato, le jongleur comique d’une inérrable drôlerie, et la belle Dora Parnès, chanteuse cosmopolite tour à tour applaudie dans cinq langues différentes.’
(Le Figaro, Paris, Wednesday, 16 January 1907, p. 5a)

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