Opera singer and minor character mentioned in the 1898 novel Eveyln Innes: a novel by George Moore. She is a friend of the title character. Her first name is never given.
"You were at the opera last night, Merat. Was Mademoiselle Helbrun a success ? "
"No, mademoiselle, I'm afraid not."
"Ah ! " Evelyn put down her cup and looked at her maid. " I'm sorry, but I thought she wouldn't succeed in London. She was coldly received, was she?"
"I'm sorry, for she's a true artist."
"She has not the passion of mademoiselle."
A little look of pleasure lit up Evelyn's face.
"She is a charming singer. I can't think how she could have failed. Did you hear any reason given? "
"Yes, mademoiselle, I met Mr. Ulick Dean."
"What did he say? He'd know."
"He said that Mademoiselle Helbrun's was the true reading of the part. But Carmen had lately been turned into a femme de la halle, and, of course, since the public had tasted realism it wanted more. I thought Mademoiselle Helbrun rather cold. But then I'm one of the public."