Abarbanell, Lina, 1879-1963

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Lina Abarbanell (1879-1963) was a Jewish American opera singer. She sang in public from the age of seven, performing with opera companies in her native Germany, touring Europe, and giving command recitals before royalty. In 1905 she and her husband and daughter came to the United States, and Abarbanell embarked on a thirty-year career giving concerts and performances around the country. After the death of her husband in 1934 she retired from performing but continued to work in the theatre as a casting director and Broadway producer.

From the guide to the Lina Abarbanell Collection, 1910-1911, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Lina Abarbanell, light opera star, director, music coach and artistic consultant was born in Germany in 1880.

She began her stage career at the age of 14 singing the role of "Adele" in FLEDERMAUS at the Royal Opera House in Berlin. After emigrating to the United States she sang lead roles in THE MERRY WIDOW, MADAME SHERRY, THE RED CANARY, MISS PRINCESS and FLORA BELLA, to name a few. At the advice of David Belasco she began working on the dramatic stage in his production of THE GRAND DUKE. Other works included ENTER MADAME, FATA MORGANA, SPARKLING BURGUNDY and THE INSPECTOR-GENERAL, among others. She directed productions of CHAMPAGNE SEC and THE CHIMES OF NORMANDY. Other production credits include BABES IN ARMS, ON YOUR TOES, THE COUNTRY GIRL, CARMEN JONES, PORGY AND BESS and SHOWBOAT.

From the description of Lina Abarbanell papers, 1886-1963. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 86164293

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creatorOf Abarbanell, Lina, 1879-1963. Lina Abarbanell papers, 1886-1963. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Solowey, Ben, 1900-1978. Lina Abarbanell portrait, 193- New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Lina Abarbanell Collection, 1910-1911 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Photographs of theatrical performers, 1862-1982. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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associatedWith Archibald, Gilda Varesi. person
associatedWith Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875. person
associatedWith Connelly, Marc, 1890-1980. person
associatedWith Cuvillier, Charles, 1877-1955. person
associatedWith Gershwin, George, 1898-1937. person
associatedWith Goldbeck, Edward. person
associatedWith Goldbeck, Eva. person
associatedWith Guitry, Sacha, 1885-1957. person
associatedWith Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984. person
associatedWith Hoscha, Karl L., 1877-1911. person
associatedWith Jacquet, H. Maurice (Henri Maurice), 1885-1954. person
associatedWith Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948. person
associatedWith Michaels, Sidney. person
associatedWith Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963. person
associatedWith Price, Leontyne. person
associatedWith Quintero, José. person
associatedWith Rice, Elmer, 1892-1967. person
associatedWith Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. person
associatedWith Solowey, Ben, 1900-1978. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Opera--United States
Dance and theatre


Birth 1879-01-03

Death 1963-01-06


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