B1179. C. E. LE MASSENA. Galli-Curcis Life of Song. Beverly Hills, CA, Monitor Book Co., 1978. 280pp. Index; Chronology of Met Opera & Chicago Opera Performances; Exhaustive Discography; Photos; DJ.
Amelita Galli-Curci was an Italian operatic soprano. She was one of the best-known coloratura singers of the early 20th century with her gramophone records selling in large numbers. She arrived in the United States in 1916 as a virtual unknown. Her stay was intended to be brief, but the acclaim she received for her performance as Gilda in RIGOLETTO in Chicago, 18 November, 1916 (her 34th birthday) was so wildly enthusiastic that she accepted an offer to remain with the Chicago Opera Company. She was a member of the company through until the end of the 1924 season. Also in 1916, Galli-Curci signed a recording contract with the Victor Talking Machine Company and recorded exclusively for the company until 1930. In 1921, Galli-Curci joined the Metropolitan Opera, remaining with the Met until her retirement from the operatic stage nine years later. She sang also in Great Britain, appearing in 20 cities during a 1924 tour, and visited Australia a year later for a series of recitals.
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