Geraldine Farrar (Melrose, MA: 28 Feb 1882 - Ridgefield, CT: 11 Mar 1967)

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Excerpt from New York Times Obituary: Ridgefield, Conn., March 11 [1967] --- Geraldine Farrar, one of the most celebrated American singing stars of the Metropolitan Opera's Golden age died of heart attack today at her home on New Street here. She was 85 years old. Miss Farrar, who retired at the age of 40, was as famous for his fiery temperament, beauty and electric stage presence as for her singing at the Met from 1906 to 1922. There, the soprano made the title roles in "Madama Butterfly," "Carmen," "Manon" and "Tosca" entirely her own. When she sang, the police had to hold off the cheering crowds at the stage doors. The shrill teenage followers of the dark-haired beauty with deep-blue eyes became known as Gerry-Flappers. Not even the iron-willed Toscanini could intimidate her in their clashes when he conducted at the Met. Miss Farrar's contract disputes with the opera company created as many newspaper headlines as her performances....

Cherubino

Mignon

Butterfly

Manon

Elsa

Tosca

Marguerite

Julia

Marguerite

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Carmen
Violetta
Angela
Nedda
Mimi
Elisabeth
Gilda
Amica
Sita