Marjorie Lawrence


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(b Dean's Marsh, Australia, 1909; d Little Rock, Arkansas, 1979).

Australian soprano. Opera début Monte Carlo 1932 (Elisabeth in Tannhäuser). Paris Opéra 1933–6; NY Met 1935–41. Stricken with poliomyelitis during Die Walküre at Mexico City 1941. Despite inability to walk unaided, continued opera career, incl. Wagnerian roles in which she excelled, and gave recitals. After retirement in 1952, prof. of v. Tulane Univ., 1956–60, prof. of v. and dir. of opera workshop, S. Illinois Univ. from 1960. CBE 1977.

Subjects: Opera.

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