Maria Gay: Spanish mezzo (13 Jun 1879 - 20 Jul 1943): Discovered while singing in a prison. She had been arrested for singing a revolutionary song. Debut Brussels, 1902, Carmen. London CG, Met, Chicago. Married to tenor Giovanni Zenatello. She and her husband discovered Lily Pons.Italian mezzo-soprano Eugenia Mantelli (1860-1926). She made her debut in 1883. She appeared at the Metropolitan Opera for six seasons. She was noted for her Urbain (Les Huguenots), Amneris (Aida), and Ortrud (Lohengrin). She toured with the English Grand Opera Company in the United States.Mme. Eugenia Mantelli, who has for several seasons figured as the leading contralto in the Grau opera company, and who is to be married to Fernando Ernest de Angelis next Sunday, arrived in [New York] yesterday on the steamship Kaiser Wilhelm II. Mme. Mantelli’s marriage to Signor de Angelis, who is better known in the musical world as Prof. Ernest Damico, will take place at St. Agnes’s Church, on East Forty-third Street. After spending a few days in this city, they will visit Colorado, returning here to take their departure for Lisbon, where Mme. Mantelli will fill a professional engagement….Mme. Mantelli is a native of Florence, and, during her engagement in this city with the Abbey-Grau Company three years ago, she received word of the death of her husband in Italy. New York Times, 21 Sep 1900.
Geraldine Farrar: American soprano (28 Feb 1882 - 11 Mar 1967): Debut Berlin (Hofoper) 1901 as Marguerite. Created Amica (Mascagni), Goosegirl in Königskinder, Madame Sans-Gêne, Suor Angelica. Huge Metropolitan Opera career. "Jerry-flappers." Johanna Gadski [Emilia Agnes]: German soprano (15 Jun 1872 - 22 Feb 1932): Debut Berlin (Kroll Opera) 1889 as Undine. Damrosch Company, London CG, Met. Left America when her husband was deported for his German connections. Bayreuth, Munich. See in costumeasPamina.Lillian Nordica: American soprano (12 May 1857 - 10 May 1914): St. Petersburg, London CG, Met, Milan, Manhattan Opera, Boston. Married Frederick A. Gower who was killed in a balloon accident. Married and separated from Hungarian tenor Zoltan Dome. Married for a third time to London banker George H. Young. During her 1913 farewell tour around the world her ship was wrecked off New Guinea. She was rescued, brought to a hospital in Batavia, Java and died there.German tenor Ernst Kraus (1863-1941). Early in his career Kraus toured the United States with the Damrosch Opera Company. He appeared at the Metropolitan Opera during the 1903-04 season, and at Covent Garden. This handsome tenor was the leading tenor for twenty-seven years at the Berlin Opera where this work first appeared. He made his debut (1893) in Mannheim as Tamino in Zauberflöte.
Lillian Nordica was found in the 1891 English census at 30 Fitzjohns Avenue in London. Nordica was a widow at that time. With her then was George A. Walker, a married American visitor, and a "manager of mechanical engineering." With him was, perhaps, his daughter, Gracie Walker. Also with Nordica was a butler, a housemaid, and a cook.Tracing Ms. Nordica's travels via genealogy sources reveals some humorous results regarding her age. On one passport application she solemnly swore she was born on 12 December 1862. In fact, her birth year can be found in the range of 1857 to 1868. The older she got, the younger she got on paper. 12 May 1857 is the birth date given in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera.