Sembrich, Marcella

Alternative names
Birth 1858-02-15
Death 1935-01-11
Italian, German, Polish, English, French, Russian

Biographical notes:

Polish soprano, later naturalized American.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (34, six written and signed by Guillaume Stengel Sembrich, one by Juliette de Coppet), dated : New York, Lake Placid, Miami, [and other places, and n.p.], 1915-1934, to Harry Harkness Flagler, to Mrs. Flagler, and to Mr. & Mrs. Flagler, 1915 Jan. 6. and 1916 Jan. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270669747

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : New York, 21 February 1921, to Elisabeth Breslin, 1921, 21 February. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270669744

From the description of Autograph letter signed Marcella Sembrich-Stengel, dated : [n.p.] Mar. 25 1887, to an unidentified Hofrath, 1887 Mar. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270669749

Marcella Sembrich was a Polish born coloratura soprano who sang leading roles in European and American opera during her highly successful career. From 1898 to 1909 she was a regular member of the Metropolitan Opera Company, New York. She continued performing as a concert singer after her retirement from the operatic stage. Sembrich also became an instructor of singing at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, becoming mentor to many pupils who later became famous in their own right.

From the description of Marcella Sembrich collection, 1790-1988 (bulk 1885-1930). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122486438

From the guide to the Marcella Sembrich papers, 1790-1988, 1885-1930, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)


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  • Singers
  • Singing
  • Operas--Performances
  • Singing--Instruction and study


  • Sopranos (Singers)


  • Nice, France (as recorded)
  • Bolton (N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Bolton (N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Nice (France) (as recorded)
  • Lake Placid (N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Lake Placid (N.Y.) (as recorded)