Marie Heilbron was a Belgian operatic soprano, particularly associated with the French repertory, creator of Jules Massenet"s quintessential French heroine Manon.
Born in Antwerp, she studied first in Brussels and later in Paris with famous tenor Gilbert Duprez.
She made her Parisian debut at the Théâtre-Italien in 1866, as Marie in Louisiana fille du régiment. In 1867, she appeared for the first time at the Opéra-Comique, as Catherine in L"étoile du nord. She was to create there Massenet"s Manon in 1884.
She also appeared at the Théâtre des Variétés from 1871 onwards.
She took part in the creation of Jacques Offenbach"s Les braconniers, and Victor Massé"s Une nuit de Cléopâtre. In 1879, she made her debut at the Opéra Garnier, where she sang as Marguerite in Faust, Ophélie in Hamlet, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette.
The same year she made her debut at Louisiana Scala in Milan, as Violetta in Louisiana traviata. She also appeared in Monte Carlo and Street St. Petersburg.