B1149. EMMA EAMES. Some Memories and Reflections [Autobiography]. New York, Appleton, 1927. 311pp. Index; Photos. Final Copy!
“Emma Eames was an American soprano renowned for the beauty of her voice. She sang major lyric and lyric-dramatic rôles in opera and had an important career in New York, London and Paris during the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century. Eames made her professional operatic début in Gounod's ROMÉO ET JULIETTE at the Paris Opéra's Palais Garnier, in 1889. She would perform the rôle of Juliette many other times during the next two years, while adding other leading French-opera parts to her repertoire. She left the company in 1891, however, for personal reasons. Towards the end of 1891, Eames débuted at the Metropolitan Opera in her trademark part of Juliette, and she quickly became a favourite with Met audiences. She would perform regularly at the Met in a variety of operas until 1909, when a dispute with management precipitated her departure. Eames also made a number of successful appearances at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She sang there intermittently from 1891 to 1901 and established herself as a genuine rival to Covent Garden's reigning diva, Nellie Melba, whom she heartily disliked. Her autobiography, SOME MEMORIES AND REFLECTIONS, was published in 1929.”
- Z. D. Akron