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May 25, 2013
Eleonora De Cisneros (Mezzo-Soprano) (New York 1878 – New York 1934)
Born in New York City
as Eleanora Broadfoot, she received her earliest education at St. Agnes
Seminary in Brooklyn. She studied singing
under Mme. Murio Celli in New York,
and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1899. In 1901 she married
Count François G. de Cisneros, a Cuban journalist. Between 1900 and 1906 she
sang in more than 40 operatic roles in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Lisbon, Vienna, St. Petersburg, London, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Melbourne. In 1907 she
was Oscar Hammerstein's leading mezzo soprano at the Manhattan Opera House, New York. In 1910 she
joined the Chicago Opera Company. During World War I she was a major promoter
of liberty bonds.