Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past that ignite our passion for opera. Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to American soprano Geraldine Farrar.
In addition to having a long stage career, Farrar (1882-1967) also originated a number of title roles in Pietro Mascagni's Amica, Puccini's Suor Angelica; Umberto Giordano's Madame Sans-Gêne, as well as the Goosegirl in Engelbert Humperdinck's Königskinder (during which Farrar apparently trained her own flock of geese!). She was no stranger to the screen either. She acted in more than a dozen films including "Carmen" and "Joan the Woman." Farrar also recorded music with the Victor Talking Machine Company. She retired at 40 from the Metropolitan Opera, after years of working a demanding performance schedule.
Below: Listen to Farrar sing with Enrico Caruso: