Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 12, 2016

Florence Quartararo (Soprano) (San Francisco 31. 5. 1922 – ? 1994)

She studied singing under Elizabeth Wells in San Francisco and  Pietro Cimini in Los Angeles. In 1945 she made her debut at a concert in Hollywood Bowl. The same year she made her opera debut at Redlands Bowl (California) as Leonora in ''Trovatore''. In 1946 she was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York (debut: Micaela in ''Carmen''). She remained a member of this opera house till 1949. Here her repertoire included Pamina in "Zauberflöte", Desdemona in ''Otello'', Violetta in ''Traviata'' and Nedda in ''Pagliacci''. Since 1947 she appeared as a guest in San Francisco and Philadelphia. In 1947 she sang at Central City (Colorado) the part of Violetta in ''Traviata''. She appeared as Gräfin in "Figaros Hochzeit" and Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni" in San Francisco, in Philadelphia as Thaïs. In 1953 she sang  at Arena Flegrea in Napoli the part of Margherita in ''Mefistofele''.

Chronology of some appearances

1946-1949 New York Metropolitan Opera


Victor, 1947?
Trovatore (Verdi): Tacea la notte placida, pt 1 12-0530
Trovatore (Verdi): Tacea la notte placida, pt 2 12-0530

HMV, 1947
Tosca (Puccini): Perchè chiuso? with Vinay DB6857 D7-RC-8088
Tosca (Puccini): La vedi? Ti ama? with Vinay  DB6857 D7-RC-8089
Carmen (Bizet): Parle-moi de ma mère, pt 1 with Vinay DB21062 D7-RC-8090
Carmen (Bizet): Parle-moi de ma mère, pt 2 DB21062 D7-RC-8091

Andrea Chénier (Giordano): La mamma morta 12-1000
Atalanta (Händel): Care selve 12-1000

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