B1295. (JEANETTE MacDONALD) JAMES ROBERT PARISH. The Jeanette MacDonald Story. New York, Mason/Charter, 1976. 181pp. Numerous Photos; DJ. - 0-88405-360-1
“MacDonald made her opera début singing Juliette in Gounod's ROMÉO ET JULIETTE in Montréal at His Majesty's Theatre (8 &10 May, 1943). She quickly repeated the rôle in Quebec City (12 May) Ottawa and Toronto. Her U.S. début with the Chicago Opera Company (4, 11 & 15 November, 1944) was in the same rôle. She also sang Marguerite in Gounod's FAUST with the Chicago Opera. In November 1945, she did two more performances of ROMÉO ET JULIETTE and one of FAUST in Chicago, and two FAUSTs for the Cincinnati Opera. On 12 December, 1951, she did one performance of FAUST with the Philadelphia Civic Grand Opera Company at the Academy of Music.
Claudia Cassidy, the music critic of the Chicago Tribune wrote: ‘Her Juliet is breathtakingly beautiful to the eye and dulcet to the ear’. The same critic reviewed FAUST: ‘From where I sit at the opera, Jeanette MacDonald has turned out to be one of the welcome surprises of the season... her Marguerite was better than her Juliet...beautifully sung with purity of line and tone, a good trill, and a Gallic inflection that understood Gounod's phrasing....You felt if Faust must sell his soul to the devil, at least this time he got his money's worth’."
- Loyal Bluto