(b Windsor, CO, 3 June 1903; d Santa Monica, CA, 7 Dec 1992). American soprano. She trained at Denver and then in Milan. Her début as Mimì at Ivrea in 1928 led to engagements in Palermo and London, where she sang Liù to Eva Turner's Turandot in 1929. Her repertory also included Trovatore, Faust, Mefistofele and Madama Butterfly, but it was in W.A. Mozart at Glyndebourne that the most enduring part of her reputation was made. She sang Fiordiligi in the opening season of 1934, added Donna Anna in 1936, and appeared regularly in both roles until 1939. She also sang at the Stockholm Opera and later became a comedy vocalist for Spike Jones and his City Slickers. Her voice, light for Covent Garden, developed a hardness that sometimes limited enjoyment of her work at Glyndebourne, yet hers was probably the greatest personal success there in the early seasons, and her singing of Micaëla in the Covent Garden Carmen of 1935 was described as a ‘joy to hear’. She recorded both of her prime Mozart roles with Fritz Busch.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.