Margaret Sheridan


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(b Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 15 Oct 1889; d Dublin, 16 April 1958). Irish soprano. She studied with William Shakespeare at the RAM in London (1909–11) and with Olga Lewenthal, and was much in demand at fashionable musical soirées. In 1916 she went to Rome to continue her studies with Alfredo Martino. Her début was in La bohème (Rome, 1918) and in 1919 she appeared at Covent Garden (Mimì, and Iris in the first London performance of Pietro Mascagni's opera). She returned there in 1925 and 1926, and from 1928 to 1930, but sang mostly in Italy at the leading theatres, including La Scala (1922–4). Vocal and other physical problems led to her retirement in 1930. Her voice was pure and colourful, naturally suited to the gentle and sentimental, but also passionate, music of Giacomo Puccini's heroines. A fine actress, she was outstanding as Manon, Cio-Cio-San and also as Madeleine in Andrea Chénier.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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