Mabel Garrison


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(b Baltimore, 24 April 1886; d New York, 20 Aug 1963). American soprano. She studied singing at the Peabody Conservatory with W. E. Heinendahl and Pietro Minetti, and later in New York with Oscar Saenger and Herbert Witherspoon. Using her married name of Siemonn, she made her stage début with the Aborn Opera Company in Boston as Philine in Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon in 1912. She joined the Metropolitan Opera two years later, making her official début as Frasquita in Carmen in November 1914. She only attracted real attention, however, when she substituted at short notice for Raymonde Delaunois as Urbain in Les Huguenots the following month. Similarly, she made a fine impression two years later when she replaced Frieda Hempel as the Queen of Night, and she scored her greatest success as the Queen of Shemakha in Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel, covering for Maria Barrientos, in 1918. Among her other roles were Olympia, Gilda, Martha, Rosina, Adina (L'elisir d'amore) and Lucia di Lammermoor, Oscar and Mme Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor).


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