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Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller
Aug 17, 2015
Marcella Craft (Soprano) (Indianapolis, Indiana 1874 – Riverside, California 1959)
First she studied singing under Charles R. Adams,
then in Milan with Francesco Mattino and Alessandro
Guagni, later in Munich.
She made her debut in the Italian province and was engaged in 1905 by the Stadttheater in Elberfeld. In
the 1905-1907 seasons she sang at the Stadttheater
in Mainz, from 1907-1909 at the Stadttheater in Kiel, in the 1909-1914 at the Hofoper in München. Here she
had in 1910 a special success in ‘’Salome’’ of Richard Strauss under the
management of the composer. She made guest appearances in Berlin,
Schwerin, Frankfurt a. M. and Hannover.
In 1907 she performed at the Covent Garden in London as an Agathe in ‘’Freischütz’’. In
1914 she stayed in Paris,
when the First World War broke out. She returned to America, where she primarily at the
concert hall. Then in the 1917-1918 season she was engaged again by the San
Carlo Opera Company in the USA.
In 1921 she made guest appearances in Pittsburgh
as Nedda in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and as Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’. Her repertoire included
Cio-Cio-San, Mimi in ‘’Bohème’’, Aida, Leonora in ‘’Trovatore’’, Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’
and Elvira in ‘’La Muette de Portici’’. In 1922 and in 1927 she sang again in Germany as a concert singer (among other things
in Cologne, Hamburg
and Leipzig). She
was active temporarily as director and leader of the Riverside Opera in California.
Since 1930 she worked as vocal pedagogue in California.
Chronology of some appearances
1905 ElberfeldStadttheater 1905-1907 Mainz Stadttheater 1907-1909 Kiel Stadttheater 1907 London Covent Garden 1909-1914 München Hofoper 1921 Pittsburgh Opera
1921 Cleveland Opera