Alda, Frances


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(b Christchurch, NZ, 1883; d Venice, 1952). NZ-born soprano (Amer. cit. 1939). Début Paris 1904 (Massenet's Manon). CG début 1906, La Scala and NY Met 1908. From 1908 to 1929 sang at NY Met, to whose dir., Gatti-Casazza, she was married 1910–28. Much given to litigation. A fine Desdemona. Autobiography, Men, Women and Tenors (Boston, 1937).

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