V0217. ANNA CASE: Songs by Mozart, Haydn, Arne, Bishop, Thayer, McGee, Bond, Gatty, Stern, etc.; Arias from Nozze, Theodora, Semele, Floridante, I Puritani, Mignon & Manon Lescaut. (South Africa) Claremont GSE CD 78-50-68, recorded 1920-30, Vitaphone, Columbia & Edison. Transfers by Graham Sound. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy of this extremely limited edition!
“Anna Case, a former Metropolitan Opera soprano who sang one of the leading roles, that of Sophie, in the first American production of Richard Strauss' DER ROSENKAVALIER at the Metropolitan Opera House on Dec. 9, 1913, made her début as a coloratura soprano at the Metropolitan on Nov. 20, 1909, as a page in Wagner's LOHENGRIN. Miss Case was then said to be the only American singer without European training who had been accepted by the Metropolitan Opera. She also sang in Bizet's CARMEN, Verdi's AÏDA, Smetana's BARTERED BRIDE, Gluck's ORFEO ED EURDICE and appeared in Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE in the 1912-15 seasons. Miss Case also sang in the Metropolitan's revival of Weber's FREISCHÜTZ on March 11, 1910, and in the American premiere of Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV, March 19, 1913. She made her last appearance at the Metropolitan at a Sunday concert in the 1919-20 season. Thereafter, she gave concert recitals in the United States and abroad, averaging 50 to 60 engagements a year.
After her marriage on July 18, 1931 to Clarence H. Mackay, a music patron, who was then chairman of the board of the Postal Telegraph and Cable Corporation, Miss Case formally announced the end of her concert career. However, she occasionally sang thereafter at small recitals as Mrs. Clarence H. Mackay. Mr. Mackay died in 1938.”
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 10 Jan., 1984