Her real name was Bernice James. She was born in Boston and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Practically all of her musical training was received in New York City where she became a pupil of Oscar Saenger. She made her debut in Milan (1900) as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’. She married Italian tenor Pietro de Pasquali who put together his own opera troupe, which included his wife as principal soprano. They toured the United States. Her Metropolitan Opera debut (1909) came when she replaced an ill Marcella Sembrich as Susanna in a performance of ‘’Le Nozze di Figaro’’. She remained at that House until 1917 as a principal coloratura soprano. For a performance of ‘’Aida’’ (15 Jan 1910) she appeared as the Priestess under the pseudonym of Emma Laurier, a practice that singers applied when they chose not to have a billing. She sang for the Prince of Wales in Quebec in 1908, and appeared at the 1916 Pan American Exposition in San Diego. Her successes, however, are not limited to America as she has appeared in Mexico, Cuba, South Africa and Europe, in many places receiving great ovations. Her voice is a clear, high, flexible soprano, equally fine for concert or opera. Her husband, Signor Pasquali, made a lifetime study of the principles of the "Bel Canto" school of singing, and the following conference is the result of long experiment and study in the esthetic, philosophical and physiological factors in the most significant of the so-called methods of voice training. While working the Orpheum vaudville circuit in Omaha, Nebraska, she developed double pneumonia and died there 2 weeks later.
G&T, London 1902
Ruy Blas (Marchetti): Duo with Pietro de Pasquali 54010 2027b
Lo! here the gentle lark (Bishop) 36826 D17725