B0160. GRACE MOORE. You're only human once [Autobiography]. Garden City, Doubleday, 1944. 275pp.
"After training in France, Moore made her operatic début at the Metropolitan Opera on 7 February, 1928, singing the role of Mimì in Puccini's LA BOHEME. She debuted at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 29 September, 1928 in the same role, which she also performed in a Royal Command Performance at Covent Garden in London on 6 June, 1935. During her sixteen seasons with the Metropolitan Opera, she sang in several Italian and French operas as well as the title roles in TOSCA, MANON and LOUISE. LOUISE was her favorite opera and is widely considered to have been her greatest role."
- Ned Ludd
“Grace’s only failing – if, indeed, she had one – was that she lived and breathed headlines, and was a master at creating them. When describing events to interviewers, she embellished liberally and encouraged others to follow suit. She delighted in the resulting press she got – no matter how outrageous it was….Offstage, Grace was the foodstuff of a gossip columnist’s diet. In newsprint she became an earthy woman who sampled love at every table – and rumor had it that the tables were numerous.”
- Rosa Ponselle, PONSELLE, A SINGER’S LIFE, p.138
“Grace has the mind of an exceedingly shrewd, precocious, and confused child….Except for certain rough spots that have been sloughed off through the natural effect of the frictions that she herself has often created, she is an unlicked cub. Her personality is asymmetrical; of gemlike substance, but amorphous in structure and development.”
- Charles O’Connell, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RECORD, p.4