Farrar, Geraldine

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Birth 1882-02-28
Death 1967-03-11

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American soprano.

From the description of Autograph note signed, dated : [n.p.], 1961, to [Joseph Chouinard?], 1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270913139

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2), dated : Ridgefield, Conn., 31 January 1934 and New York [n.d., 1934], to H[arry] H[arkness] Flagler, 1934 Jan. 31 and [n.d. 1934]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270576719

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Ridgefield, Conn., 28 August 1962, to Julia Wightman, 1962 Aug. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270576721

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Ridgefield, Conn., 27 August [1920's?], to Polly, [1920's] Aug. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873314

Geraldine Farrar (1882-1967) was an American opera singer.

From the description of Geraldine Farrar letters, 1952-1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122607792

From the guide to the Geraldine Farrar letters, 1952-1956, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Geraldine Farrar (b. Feb. 28, 1882 in Melrose, Mass.; d. Mar. 11, 1967 in Ridgefield, Conn.) was an opera singer and film actress. She studied voice in Boston, New York, Paris and Berlin and performed at the Metropolitan Opera for many years. She recorded extensively on Victor labels, and appeared in silent movies and on radio. Farrar retired from opera in 1922 and appeared in recitals until 1931.

From the description of Geraldine Farrar collection, 1895-1943 (bulk 1898-1939). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71056517

Opera singer and film actress.

Geraldine Farrar's stage presence earned her a fanatic following of "Gerryflappers" in the early 20th century. She studied voice in Boston, New York, Paris and Berlin, and caused a sensation in Germany with her debut as Marguerite in Gounod's Faust in 1901. In 1906 Farrar joined the Metropolitan Opera and sang in 29 roles in nearly 500 performances there. She recorded extensively for the Victor Talking Machine Company, and appeared in a number of early Hollywood films. A true diva, temperamental and fiercely independent, Farrar's life was the source of considerable scandal, with many love affairs and a very public divorce in 1923. She retired from opera in 1922, though continuing to give recitals and a few radio broadcasts. Farrar died in 1967, at the age of 85.

From the description of Geraldine Farrar memorabilia, 1902-1963. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 698380148

Biographical Note

  • 1882, Feb. 28: Born, Melrose, Massachusetts to Sidney "Sid" Farrar, former player with the Philadelphia Athletics, and Henrietta Barnes Farrar
  • 1894 - 1898 : Studied voice with Mrs. J.H. Long in Boston and Emma Thursby in Manhattan; performed for Lillian Nordica and Nellie Melba
  • 1899 - 1900 : Farrar family moved to Paris and then Berlin to further Geraldine's career
  • 1901: Began life-long association with Kaiser Wilhelm II and family
  • 1901, Oct. 15: Berlin Hofoper debut as Marguerite in Gounod's Faust
  • 1903: Began vocal training with Lilli Lehmann
  • 1903 May: Studied the role of Manon with composer Jules Massenet in Paris
  • 1903, Dec. 1: Premiere of Manon in Berlin
  • 1903 - 1906 : Performed with Monte Carlo Opera
  • 1905, Mar. 8: Mascagni's Amica, world premiere
  • 1906, Feb. 24: Saint-Saëns' L'Ancêtre, world premiere
  • 1906 Summer: Metropolitan Opera contract
  • 1906 Oct.: Declined Strauss' request to premiere Salomé at the Berlin Royal Opera
  • 1906, Nov. 26: Metropolitan Opera debut in Gounod's Romeo et Juliet
  • 1907, Feb. 11: Metropolitan Opera premiere of Puccini's Madama Butterfly
  • 1910, Dec. 28: Humperdinck's Königskinder, world premiere
  • 1914, Jan. 3: Metropolitan Opera, first American production of Wolf-Ferrari's Le Donne Curiose
  • 1914, Nov. 19: Metropolitan Opera, plays the first of fifty-seven sold-out performances of Carmen
  • 1914: Metropolitan Opera, Gustave Charpentier's Julien, premiere
  • 1915 - 1919 : Cecil B. DeMille films, including Carmen, Maria Rosa, Temptation, The Woman God Forgot, and Joan the Woman
  • 1916, Feb. 8: Married actor and director Lou Tellegen in New York
  • 1918: Metropolitan Opera, Puccini's Suor Angelica, world premiere
  • 1922 Apr.: Made final performance at the Metropolitan Opera as the title character in Leoncavallo's Zazá, her last appearance on the opera stage
  • 1922 - 1931 : Toured as concert singer, concentrating on Lieder
  • 1923: Divorces Lou Tellegen
  • 1931: Retired from singing career
  • 1934 - 1935 : Hosted Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts
  • 1935 - 1967 : Public service activities including work with the Red Cross, the American Women's Volunteer Service Transport, the Office of Price Administration, and the Republican Party
  • 1938: Published autobiography Such Sweet Compulsion
  • 1967, Mar. 11: Died, Ridgefield, Connecticut

From the guide to the Geraldine Farrar Collection, 1895-1943, (bulk 1898-1939), (Music Division Library of Congress)


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