Gluck, Alma, 1884-1938

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American soprano of Romanian birth.

From the description of Autograph letter signed Alma Zimbalist, dated : [New York], 22 January 1919, to Mrs. Harry Harkness Flagler, 1919 Jan. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270577916

From the description of Autograph letter signed Alma Gluck Zimbalist : New York, [n.d.], to [Mr. & Mrs. Harry Harkness Flagler?], n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270577913

From the description of Autograph letter signed Alma Zimbalist : New Hartford, Conn, [n.d.], to Mary [Flagler Cary], n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270577910

Alma Gluck (b. May 11, 1884 in Bucharest, d. October 27,1938 in New York City) was a Romanian-born American soprano and voice teacher who had a successful career as an opera singer, concert performer, and recording artist.

From the description of Alma Gluck scrapbooks and other materials, 1902-1940 (bulk 1909-1918). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 651155331

Biographical Note

  • 1884 May 11: Born Reba Fiersohn in Romania
  • 1886: Father Israel Fiersohn dies
  • 1890: Moves to New York with mother Anna Fiersohn
  • 1902: Marries insurance agent Bernard Gluck
  • 1903: Daughter Abigail (Marcia Davenport) born
  • 1906 - 1909 : Studies voice with Arturo Buzzi-Peccia
  • 1909 November 16: Debut performance with Metropolitan Opera Company as Sophie in Werther
  • 1909 November 28: Debut performance at Metropolitan Opera House stage
  • 1910 October 18: First song recital at Mendelssohn Hall
  • 1912: Divorces Bernard Gluck
  • 1912 - 1913 : Studies voice with Marcella Sembrich
  • 1913: Begins recording for Victor Records
  • 1913 June 15: First song recital in London
  • 1914 July 15: Marries violinist Efrem Zimbalist
  • 1916 summer: Daughter Marie Virginia born
  • 1916 August 6: Mother Anna Fiersohn dies
  • 1919: Son Efrem Zimbalist Jr. born
  • 1925 May 25: Last recital at Manhattan Opera House
  • 1938 October 27: Dies from cirrhosis of the liver at the Rockefeller Institute, New York

From the guide to the Alma Gluck Scrapbooks and Other Materials, 1902-1940, (bulk 1909-1918), (Music Division Library of Congress)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Gluck, Alma, 1884-1938. Autograph letter signed Alma Zimbalist, dated : [New York], 22 January 1919, to Mrs. Harry Harkness Flagler, 1919 Jan. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn McDermott Record collection, McDermott Record Collection, 1900-1940 Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections
creatorOf Gluck, Alma, 1884-1938. Autograph letter signed Alma Zimbalist : New Hartford, Conn, [n.d.], to Mary [Flagler Cary], n.d. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn American Guild of Musical Artists. American Guild of Musical Artists records, 1918-1993 (bulk 1935-1965). Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Gluck, Alma, 1884-1938. Autograph letter signed Alma Gluck Zimbalist : New York, [n.d.], to [Mr. & Mrs. Harry Harkness Flagler?], n.d. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Parker, Horatio W. (Horatio William), 1863-1919. The Horatio Parker papers, 1863-1972 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Joseph Barnes Papers, 1923-1970 Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
referencedIn McDermott, Edward J. [Guide to the McDermott Record collection 1900-1940.] Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Phillips Memorial Library
referencedIn Grand Rapids (Mich.) concert and theater programs scrapbook, 1900,1931. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Jascha Heifetz Collection, 1911-1972 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
referencedIn Parker, Horatio W. (Horatio William), 1863-1919. The Horatio Parker papers, 1863-1972 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn The Horatio Parker Papers, 1863-1972 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
creatorOf Gluck, Alma, 1884-1938. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1931. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Marcella Sembrich papers, 1790-1988, 1885-1930 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Gluck, Alma, 1884-1938. Alma Gluck scrapbooks and other materials, 1902-1940 (bulk 1909-1918). Library of Congress
creatorOf Jack-O-Lantern. Statements by notable people for the Celebrities issue, 1916 May. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Alma Gluck Scrapbooks and Other Materials, 1902-1940, (bulk 1909-1918) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Waldrop, Richard Woolfolk, 1839-1918. Richard Woolfolk Waldrop papers, 1850-1867 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Sembrich, Marcella, 1858-1935. Marcella Sembrich collection, 1790-1988 (bulk 1885-1930). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Joseph Barnes Papers, 1923-1970 Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
referencedIn American Guild of Musical Artists Records, Bulk, 1935-1965, 1918-1993, (Bulk 1935-1965) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Guild of Musical Artists. corporateBody
associatedWith Barnes, Joseph, 1907-1970. person
associatedWith Cary, Mary Flagler, person
associatedWith Flagler, Harry Harkness, Mrs., person
associatedWith Jack-O-Lantern. corporateBody
associatedWith Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection (Pierpont Morgan Library) corporateBody
associatedWith McDermott, Edward J. person
associatedWith McDermott, Edward J. person
associatedWith Parker, Horatio W. (Horatio William), 1863-1919. person
associatedWith Pfeiffer, John, 1920- person
associatedWith Sembrich, Marcella, 1858-1935. person
associatedWith Waldrop, Richard Woolfolk, 1839-1918. person
associatedWith Zimbalist, Efrem, 1889- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Subject
Operas
Sopranos (Singers)
Sopranos (Singers)
Occupation
Activity

Person

Birth 1884-05-11

Death 1938-10-27

Female

Americans

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