B1043. JOHN FRANCIS MARION. Lucrezia Bori of the Metropolitan Opera. New York, P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1962. 189 pp. Index; Photos.
“The gift of a beautiful voice is considered to be a divine one. To possess a vocal quality that has a marked individuality is to be blessed indeed. One such singer was Lucrezia Bori. She, together with singers like Enrico Caruso, Titta Ruffo, Beniamino Gigli, Tito Schipa, Richard Tauber and Lauritz Melchior or Amelita Galli-Curci, Luisa Tetrazzini, Rosa Ponselle and later Maria Callas, among certain other noted recording artists, only need to utter a couple of notes and it is usually sufficient for the record listener to immediately recognise the singer.
The Great Depression of the late 1920s had caused severe financial difficulties at the Metropolitan and Bori - always one of their best box-office attractions - was persuaded to delay her planned retirement from 1933 to 1936. She also became Chairperson of the ‘Committee to save the Metropolitan Opera House’ and through her performances, public addresses and appeals worked to raise the funds that ultimately enabled the company to survive. Although her career had blossomed in Italy and she had sung in South America and in other USA operatic centres with great success, the Metropolitan Opera in New York was her artistic home. She was the first woman to join the Board of the Met. Lucrezia Bori enjoyed a secluded and quiet retirement, but to the end of her days she was always interested in the fortunes of the Company and in the development of any young artist associated with that great house. Lucrezia Bori died in New York on 12 May, 1960.”
- Alan Bilgora