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    					  Eugene Sizès 
				     Table of Contents     					  Marie Van Cauteren

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Artists
- The Artists -- with an index to their Mapleson recordings
- Milka Ternina

Milka Ternina


(1863-1941), Croatian soprano from Doljnji, was brought to America in 1896 by Walter Damrosch, for performances with his German Opera Company. By the time she made her official Metropolitan Opera debut as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, on January 27, 1900, Ternina had sung in Bayreuth and London. The next season, she sang Tosca in the American premiere of Puccini's opera. In 1903, she was Kundry in the first staged performance of Parsifal outside Bayreuth. During 1901-02, when Mapleson recorded Ternina in barely audible cylinders from Tosca and Tristan, she also performed Elsa, all three Brünnhildes, Elisabeth, the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, and Sieglinde. For thirty-one performances of opera and two outside engagements, she was paid $41,250. Her fee of $1,250 per performance was second among prima donnas to Calvé's $1,800, but more than Eames's. Sembrich's, Bréval's, and Gadski's. 1903-04 was Ternina's last Met season; she taught for several years in New York before returning to Europe, where her best-known pupil was Zinka Milanov. There are no commercial recordings of Ternina's voice.

TOSCA (Tosca): Side 7/Band 7

TRISTAN (Isolde): Side 9/Band 5; Side 12/Bands 8, 9

    					  Eugene Sizès 
				     Table of Contents     					  Marie Van Cauteren