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    					  Adolph MüHlmann 
				     Table of Contents     					  Pol Plançon

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Lillian Nordica

Lillian Nordica


(1857-1914), American soprano from Farmington, Maine, sang with Colonel Mapleson's competing company at the Academy of Music during the Metropolitan Opera House's first season, 1883-84. Her Met debut was as Valentine in Huguenots, on December 18, 1891, with Jean and Edouard De Reszke. During 1902-03, when Lionel Mapleson recorded her in four operas, Nordica performed Isolde, Elsa (she had been the first to sing that role in Bayreuth), all three Brünnhildes, Marguerite in Faust, and Donna Anna. The highest paid woman on the roster that season, she was guaranteed thirty-five performances at $1,250 each, sang thirty-five, plus three Sunday-night concerts (one of them the Verdi Requiem ).

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Brünnhilde): Side 11/Bands 6-8

HUGUENOTS (Valentine): Side 2/Bands 6-8

SIEGFRIED (Brünnhilde): Side 11/Band 5

TRISTAN (Isolde): Side 9/Bands 6-10

WALKÜRE (Brünnhilde): Side 10/Bands 3, 4, 8

    					  Adolph MüHlmann 
				     Table of Contents     					  Pol Plançon