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Mary Garden

Mary Garden

Mary Garden

February 20, 1874, Aberdeen – January 3, 1967, Inverurie

Mary Garden was a Scottish-American operatic soprano with a substantial career in France and America.

Described as the Sarah Bernhardt of opera, Garden was an exceptional actress as well as a talented singer. She was particularly admired for her nuanced performances which employed interesting uses of vocal color. Possessing a beautiful lyric voice that had a wide vocal range and considerable amount of flexibility, Garden first arose to success in Paris during the first decade of the 20th century. She became the leading soprano at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. She worked closely with Jules Massenet, in whose operas she excelled. Massenet notably wrote the title role in his opera Chérubin (1905) for her…

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