V0277. GERALDINE FARRAR: The Beginning and End of a Great Career. 2-Marston 52040, from Farrar's early G & Ts, her Victor 1927 electrical recordings, her 1932 Bell Laboratory experimental recordings, plus Met Opera Matinee Intermission Talks. [The 1932 Bell Laboratory experimental recordings are a marvel, recorded in a spacious acoustic ambience.] Transfers by Ward Marston. Out-of-Print, Final Sealed Copy! - 638335204024
"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, Program Notes