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    					  Alois Burgstaller 
				     Table of Contents     					  Giuseppe Campanari

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Emma Calvé

Emma Calvé


(1858-1942). French soprano from Decazeville, was probably the most popular Carmen in history. With the Met in New York and on tour, she performed the role more often than any other singer. Her New York debut was as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana on November 29, 1893. When Mapleson captured her voice in 1901-02, she was in the fifth of her six intermittent Met seasons, and, at $1,800 per performance ($2,000 when on tour in California), was the highest-paid singer on the roster. Her nearest rival was Albert Alvarez, at $1,400, while Ernest Van Dyck made $1,100, Dippel $400, Bréval $960, Eames $1,100, Gadski $700, Sibyl Sanderson $480, Sembrich $1,000, and Ternina $1,250. (Caruso did not exceed Calvé's fee until his fifth season.) During 1901-02, Calvé sang forty-one performances of opera and, due to illness, missed another sixteen that were scheduled. She received $74,400 for portraying Carmen. Marguerite, Santuzza, and the title role in De Lara's Messaline.

CARMEN (Carmen): Side 4/Band 1

CAVALLERIA (Santuzza): Side 6/Bands 1, 2

FAUST (Marguerite): Side 1/Bands 3, 11

    					  Alois Burgstaller 
				     Table of Contents     					  Giuseppe Campanari