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    					  Antonio Scotti 
				     Table of Contents     					  Camille Seygard

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Marcella Sembrich

Marcella Sembrich


(1858-1935), Polish soprano from Wismiowczyk, made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lucia, October 24, 1883, the second night of the theater's inaugural season. Although Christine Nilsson had opened the season in Faust, Sembrich became the immediate favorite, and went on to become one of the most beloved of all Met artists; she also sang more important premieres with the company than anyone else in its history. Aside from her repertory the first year (when she was the house's first Lucia, Elvira in Puritani, Violetta, Amina in Sonnambula, Gilda, Rosina, and Zerlina), in the later part of her Met career she was the first Queen of the Night, Elvira in Ernani, Frau Fluth in The Merry Wives of Windsor (in that work's single Met performance), Ulana in Manru, Marie in Fille du Régiment, and Rosalinda in Fledermaus. During the 1902-03 season, she sang Rosina, Violetta, Gilda, Mimě, Susanna, Marguerite De Valois, Marie, Elvira, Queen of the Night, Norina, and Zerlina. Her fee was $1,000 per performance -- less than either Eames or Nordica. For singing forty-six times in opera, two Sunday-night concerts, and two outside engagements, she received $50,680.

ERNANI (Elvira): Side 5/Bands 1, 2

FILLE DU RÉGIMENT (Marie): Side 4/Bands 3, 4

MAGIC FLUTE (Queen of the Night): Side 4/Band 8

TRAVIATA (Violetta): Side 5/Band 4: Side 12/Band 6(?)

Arditi: Parla Vals: Side 4/Band 10; Side 12/Band 5b(?)

Strauss: Voci di primavera: Side 4/Band 9

    					  Antonio Scotti 
				     Table of Contents     					  Camille Seygard