The body of a young woman was found drowned in the Seine in the late 1880s. She has never been identified, hence her name L’Inconnue de la Seine (the unknown of the Seine).
Her face was considered so beautiful that the pathologist at the Paris morgue took a death mask. Copies and images of the mask adorned many french homes throughout the 20th century. French playwright and librettist Sabryna Pierre has teamed up with Belgian composer Frederik Neyrinck to create an opera using this story as their starting point. Continue reading