February 28, 1882, Melrose, Massachusetts – March 11, 1967
Geraldine Farrar was an American soprano, known for her beauty and dramatic talent and the intimate timbre of her voice.
She made her American debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette in 1906. In February 1907 she sang Cio-Cio-San in the Met’s first performance of Madama Butterfly, a performance that also featured Louise Homer and Caruso and for which Giacomo Puccini himself was present. Farrar’s youth, beauty, and richly dramatic soprano voice made her a sensation in the role, which she repeated 95 times in her Metropolitan career. For the next 15 years she was a leading member of that company, appearing in some 30 roles; the most popular were Carmen, Thaïs, Gilda, Zerlina, Cherubino, Manon, Mignon, and Tosca. Her farewell performance came in 1922 in the title role of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Zaza.
Madama Butterfly Un bel di, vedremo
She enjoyed a minor second career in silent motion pictures, beginning with Carmen (1915), and including Maria Rosa (1916), Joan the Woman (1917), The Woman God Forgot (1917), The Hell Cat (1918), The World and Its Woman (1919) and The Woman and the Puppet (1920). Her final public appearance was at Carnegie Hall in November 1931
In 1938 she published an autobiography, Such Sweet Compulsion.
Giacomo Puccini – La Bohème Sì, mi chiamano Mimì, 1912