V0236. GERALDINE FARRAR: Pur dicesti (Lotti); Arias & Duets (w.Caruso & Scotti) from Carmen, La Boheme & Madama Butterfly. (England) Pearl 9420, recorded 1915-27. [An old Pearl issue, this appears 'bronzed' but is not - it plays beautifully] Long out-of-print, Final copy! - 5015903942024
"There were famous prima donnas before Geraldine Farrar. Maria Malibran, Jenny Lind, and Adelina Patti all achieved world fame. But none - not even Nellie Melba or Luisa Tetrazzini - reached a wider audience than the American soprano. Farrar was not only an international opera star, she made more than 200 recordings and appeared in 14 silent films. During her 16-season reign at the Metropolitan Opera, Farrar commanded higher fees and appeared in more new productions than any other leading soprano. She sang 671 performances of 34 roles in 29 operas, a record matched by no soprano in the eight decades since Farrar's retirement."
- Robert Baxter