B1393. CLARA KATHLEEN ROGERS (Clara Doria). Memories of a Musical Career. Boston, Little-Brown, 1919. 503pp. Photos. NB: B1391, B1392, B1485 & B1557
“Rogers chose to pursue a vocal career and became an opera singer. Using the pseudonym Clara Doria, she débuted in 1863 in Turin in a performance of ROBERT LE DIABLE by Giacomo Meyerbeer. After touring in Italy and five years in London as a concert singer, she came to America in 1871 as a member of the Parepa-Rosa Opera Company and spent another seven years as a singer with at least three different troupes. Her singing career ended in 1878 when she married Henry Munroe Rogers, a lawyer living in Boston. Moving to Boston, Rogers had many artistic friends, such as Amy Beach, Margaret Ruthven Lang, George Chadwick, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Amy Lowell, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow wrote the poem ‘Stay at Home, My Heart, and Rest’ especially for Rogers. She held weekly musicales at her home and helped to promote the careers of her artistic friends.
Although she had rejected a teaching position there in the past, Rogers joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory in 1902, where she taught voice, and began to write on music. Her literary works include six books on diction and technique and three autobiographies. She died in 1931 in Boston. Her correspondences and manuscripts are kept at the Harvard University Library.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron