Jean Madeira


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(b Centralia, Ill., 1918; d Providence, RI, 1972).

Amer. mezzo‐soprano. Solo pianist with St Louis SO 1930, then had singing lessons. Opera début 1943, Chautauqua (Nancy in Martha). Appeared at San Carlo and on European tour in title‐role of The Medium. NY Met début 1948, becoming member of co. 1956–71. Member of Vienna Opera 1955. CG début 1955. Débuts: Bayreuth 1956; Salzburg 1954. Created Circe in Dallapiccola's Ulisse, Berlin 1968. A memorable Klytemnästra.

Subjects: Opera.

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