Diva, composer, pianist, queen of one of Paris’s most sought-after salons, friend to the great, and a scandalous third of one of the 19th-century’s most famous ménage à trois. Was there anything Pauline Viardot didn’t or couldn’t do, or anyone worth knowing that she didn’t know?

Pauline Viardot Pauline Viardot (1821–1910)

Born Michelle Ferdinande Pauline García Sitches in Paris in 1821, her father was Manuel García, a singing teacher, composer, impresario and famous tenor...

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