Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 3, 2014

Anna Case (Soprano) ( Clinton, New Jersey 1888 – New York City 1984)

                                                       with Enrico Caruso

Her teacher was  Mme Ohrström-Renard in New York. She made her debut in 1909 with the ensemble of the Metropolitan Opera at the New Theatre in New York as comprimaria in ‘’Werther’’ of Massenet. At the Metropolitan Opera at first she took over small parts, until she sang in 1913 in the American première of ‘’Boris Godunov’’; the same year she also appeared in the American première of ‘’Rosenkavalier’’ as Sophie. Till 1915 she remained a member of the Metropolitan Opera; she sang in  the 1916-17 season and from 1919-20 once more there, but only in the Sunday Night Concerts. Since 1920 she was excluding concert soprano. She appeared not only in North America, but also in Europe. In 1929 she married to multimillionnaire and Clarence Mackay and withdrew from the music life.

Chronology of some appearances

1909  New York  New Theatre
1909-1915 New York Metropolitan Opera


Edison, New York 1916/1918?
Les contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): Les oiseaux dans la charmille  83080
La Sonambula (Bellini): Ah! non credea mirarti 82076
Mireille (Gounod): Mon coeur ne peut changer 83080
I Puritani (Bellini): Qui la voce sua soave 83087

1 comment:

  1. The biography of Irving Berlin, "As Thousands Cheer," is excellent.

    Anna is in it and the entire story is fascinating.

    The jovial Anna ended up being married to Clarence Mackay, the American who lost the largest amount of money during the Crash of 1929 and its vapor trails during the 1930s.

    Clarence's daughter Ellin earlier in the 1920s had defied her father and had married Irving Berlin.)