Garden, Mary

1930 autograph sentiment signed on her notecard by the renowned diva, "the Sarah Bernhardt of opera"

Price: $20.00

Description:
(1874-1967) Scottish-born American lyric soprano called "the Sarah Bernhardt of opera" owing to her exceptional acting as well as singing. She first rose to success in Paris during the 1st decade of the 20th century, debuting in Charpentier's "Louise" in 1900. She became the leading soprano at the Opera-Comique notably portraying roles in several world premieres, including Mélisande in Debussy's "Pelleas et Melisande" (1902), her performance met with considerable critical acclaim. She worked closely with Jules Massenet, in whose operas she excelled. Massenet notably wrote the title role in his opera "Cherubin" (1905) for her. She also created a sensation as Salomé in Strauss’ opera. Her US debut occured at the Manhattan Opera in 1907 in the title role of Thaïs. Garden worked in several opera houses in Chicago 1910-32. She worked with the Chicago Grand Opera 1910-13 then the Chicago Opera Association in 1915, ultimately becoming company director in 1921. Although director for 1 year, she was notably responsible for staging the world premiere of Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges" before the company went bankrupt in 1922. Shortly thereafter she became director of the Chicago Civic Opera where she commissioned the opera "Camille" by 28-year-old composer Hamilton Forrest. She sang roles in several US and world premieres at the Civic Opera until 1931, when she retired. She gave recitals, lectures, and master classes for another 2 decades. Additionally, Garden appeared in 2 Sam Goldwyn silent films and after retiring from the opera stage in 1934, worked as an MGM talent scout. She retired to Scotland in 1951. The archetype diva had celebrated feuds with colleagues and her scandalous open and her flamboyantly sexual personal life was loved by the newspapers of the day. Autograph Sentiment ("Regards and Greetings") Signed on her 3 ½ x 4 ¾ personal engraved notecard, adds 1930, with hand-addressed French postmarked envelope.

Condition: Very good, very slight smear to “ry” in signature.
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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