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pressed a high opinion of it. A mutual friend repeated the remark to her, and she was soon in Paris looking up Madame Marchesi, who promised to make a prima donna of her in twelve months. It is related that during her studies Madame Melba heard her and remarked to Marchesi that it was a pity her new pupil had no voice to train. Notwithstanding that opinion she appeared less than a year later (in 1904) at the Opera Comique, where she remained for a season singing lyric soprano roles.
From Paris she went to Brussels where she created the leading part in an opera founded on the "Sleeping Beauty," and sang many other parts, notably Marguerite- in " La Damnation de Faust." The critics were charmed with her voice and her beauty of face and figure.
After her success in Brussels she accepted an engagement at Parma, though attempts were made to dissuade her. This engagement proved to be a stepping-stone to Milan, where she appeared as the heroine of Charpentier's "Louise," under the management of Signor Gatti-Casazza. Thence she went to Covent Garden, and then to Buenos Ayres previous to coming to the Metropolitan Opera-House.
It is said that in 1906 she was engaged for
the Manhattan Opera-House, but she never sang there. Perhaps there is some truth in the story that an all powerful prima donna of that house, on hearing of this engagement, cabled a brief but emphatic message to Oscar Hammerstein, and caused him to change his mind.
During her career at the Metropolitan OperaHouse her best success was made as Desdemona when Slezak sang Otello. In this role it was said: " She makes a beautifully pathetic and affecting little figure alongside the towering Slezak, and her acting has an extremely delicate and wistful beauty. She sang with a pure and limpid beauty of voice, giving much variety of expression to the 'Willow' song and devout feeling to the 'Ave Maria.'" She has also been mentioned as " the most brilliant, the most picturesque and most charming Manon on the opera stage."
Bella Alten has made herself popular in New York in such roles as Musetta in "La Boheme," Nedda in "H Pagliacci," Columbina in " Donne Curiose," Senta in " The Flying Dutchman," and especially as Gretel in " Hansel and Gretel." She studied with Engel and Joachim at the Imperial Conservatory in Berlin, and later went to Orgeni. Her first appearance in opera was made at Leipzig, after which engagements followed in Berlin, Brunswick, Cologne, and Covent Garden. It was while she was at Covent Garden that Conried heard her and engaged her for the Metropolitan OperaHouse. Miss Alten is Mrs. Hermann Deri.
Madame Leffler-Burkhardt secured leave of absence from the Royal Opera-House in Berlin in order to come to America and fill a short engagement at the Metropolitan Opera-House. She was born in Berlin and studied with Anna von Meisner, a pupil of Madame ViardotGarcia.
Madame Burkhardt began her career in 1890 at Strassburg, as a coloratura soprano. She spent a season at Breslau and one at Cologne. From 1894 to 1898 she sang at Bremen, and there she commenced to study dramatic roles. She then appeared at Weimar and at Wiesbaden and in 1906 sang Kundry at Bayreuth.
Leonora Sparkes was a well known concert and opera singer in England. Dippel heard her at Covent Garden and after a private hearing offered her a contract at the Metropolitan Opera-House in 1908. She has been a member of the company ever since.
Felicie Kaschowska, a Polish dramatic