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    					  Charles Gilibert 
				     Table of Contents     					  Marcel Journet

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Louise Homer

Louise Homer


(1871-1947), American contralto from Pittsburgh, made her Metropolitan Opera debut on December 22, 1900, as Amneris in Aida, a role she performed more often at the house than any other singer. In 1902-03, when Mapleson recorded her as Amneris and as Schwertleite in Walküre, Homer also sang Emilia in Otello, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Venus, Brangäne, Waltraute and Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung, Ulrica, the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Azucena, and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana. For thirty-seven performances in opera, three Sunday-night concerts, and three outside engagements, she was paid $5,638.35. (For the outside engagements, she received half the fee and the Met kept the remainder.) Homer sang almost seven hundred performances of forty-two roles during her twenty-one seasons at the Met.

AIDA (Amneris): Side 5/Bands 5, 9, 10, 11

HUGUENOTS (Urbain): Side 2/Band 1

WALKÜRE (Schwertleite): Side 10/Bands 5-8

    					  Charles Gilibert 
				     Table of Contents     					  Marcel Journet