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German soprano Ottilie Metzger-Lattermann (1878-1943) whose life ended tragically in the Auschwitz concentration camp, was an important German singer, graduating from early Rhine-maiden roles into the major Wagnerian parts. José Mojica: Mexican tenor (San Gabriel: 14 Apr 1896 - Lima: 20 Sep 1974) seen here as Don José in Carmen: Debut (1919) at the Chicago Opera. Started out in small roles. Sang in the world premiere (1921) of The Love of Three Oranges. Often was partnered with Mary Garden. Remained at Chicago Opera until 1930. Never sang opera abroad. After 1930 he was seen in American and Spanish films. He came back to the Chicago Opera in 1940. When his mother died in 1943 he made a deathbed promise to join the priesthood. He entered a religious order and took his vows. He joined a mission in Peru. He made concert appearances after that for the benefit of his religious order. Later in life he went completely deaf.  
Lauritz Melchior was born in Copenhagen on 20 March 1890 (a birthday he shares with Beniamino Gigli). He began his vocal studies as a baritone under Paul Bang at the Royal Opera School, Copenhagen. He made his debut (1913) as a baritone at the Royal Danish Opera as Silvio in Pagliacci. American contralto Mme. Charles Cahier advised Melchior that he was better suited as a tenor and encouraged him to retrain his voice for the higher repertory. So Melchior began lessons with Danish tenor Vilhelm Herold. His second debut was on 8 October 1918 in the title rôle of Tannhäuser, also at the Royal Danish Opera. His first great successes were at Covent Garden in 1924. Word of his talents spread to Cosima and Siegfried Wagner, and from 1924 to 1931 he was a principal attraction at the annual Bayreuth Festivals. His career took him to the Berlin State Opera (1935-39), Vienna, Munich, Brussels, Milan, London, Paris, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Chicago, and San Francisco. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut (17 Feb 1926) as Tannhäuser. Suzanne Mérentie: French mezzo-soprano. During the outbreak of WW I she appeared at the Théâtre Royal Francais d'Anvers. Fanny Moody (23 Nov 1866 - 21 Jul 1945): English soprano. Debut Liverpool (1887)as Arline in Bohemian Girl. Leading soprano with the Carl Rosa Company. She married Charles Manners in 1890 and they formed the Moody-Manners Company. She was the frst Tatyana in England (1892). She created the title role in Pizzi's Rosalba (1902) and Militza in McAlpin's The Cross and the Crescent (1903).
Tennessee-born soprano Grace Moore (1901-1947) sang in concerts, musicals, and night clubs before making her opera debut (1928) at the Metropolitan Opera as Mimi. Although there were many who questioned her skills as an opera singer she nevertheless appeared for sixteen seasons at the Metropolitan with a fair number of performances as Tosca, Mimi, Louise, and Manon. No one questioned her ability to draw in audiences. Her charm and beauty led to a number of successful movies including One Night of Love. She died at the height of her career in an airplane crash. German soprano Berta Morena (1878-1952). As the story goes, the famous painter, von Lenbach, who was attracted to Morena's Rubensesque figure, helped launch her career. She made her debut (1898) as Agathe in Der Freischütz. She was regarded as a "fascinating" actress and an "intelligent" singer. She spent the majority of her career at the Munich Opera. She did appear at Covent Garden during the German Opera Season in 1914.
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