Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 11, 2016

Susan Strong (Soprano) (Brooklyn/New York 3. 8. 1870 † London/England 11. 3. 1946)

Daughter of the senator and mayor of Brooklyn, Dennis Strong. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London under Francis Korbay and made her debut in 1895 as a member of the Hedmont Opera Company in London as Sieglinde in "Walküre". In 1897 and in the 1899-1900 season she appeared at Covent Garden in London as Brünnhilde in "Walküre", Venus in ‘’Tannhäuser’’ and Donna Anna in ‘’Don of Giovanni‘’. For the festival of 1896 she was engaged to appear at Bayreuth, however, did not appear there. Then followed a guest performance at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli. In 1896 she sang with the Mapleson Opera Company in New York the part of Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ and Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’. In the 1899-1900  season she had a huge success at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she debuted as Sieglinde and substituted for the ill Emma Eames. She sang at the Metropolitan Opera in this season also the following parts: Elsa in ‘’Lohengrin’’, Venus and Gutrune in "Götterdämmerung". In 1901 she made guest appearance at the Court Opera of Vienna. Then she became in England a famed concert singer. After her retirement she opened in London a Blanchisserie de Luxe.

Chronology of some appearances

1895 London Hedmont Opera Company
1896 New York Mapleson Opera Company
1897 London Covent Garden
1899-1900 London Covent Garden
1899-1900 New York Metropolitan Opera


Gramophone, London 1908-05
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