B1145. RUTH D. BROTMAN. Pauline Donalda, the Life and Career of a Canadian Prima Donna. Montréal, Eagle, 1975. 125pp. Bibliography; Discography; Photos; DJ.
“Pauline Donalda was a Canadian operatic soprano. Born Pauline Lightstone in Montréal, she studied music at Royal Victoria College. In 1902 she studied in Paris and made her début in 1904 in Nice. In 1922, she opened a studio in Paris and became a teacher. In 1937, she opened a studio in Montréal and in 1942 she founded the Opera Guild of Montreal. She served as president and artistic director until 1969. In 1967, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada ‘for her contribution to the arts, especially opera, as a singer and founder of the Opera Guild in Montreal’. Pauline Donalda was the first to sing the rôles of Concepción in Maurice Ravel's L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE and Ah-joe in Franco Leoni's L'ORACOLO at Covent Garden.”
- Zillah D. Akron