Biographical Information

Dates: 1882-1967
Dates in Ridgefield:

author, Metropolitan Opera star, film star
After studying voice in Berlin with famed opera soprano Lilli Lehmann, Farrar made her 1901 debut at age 21 in Berlin in Charles Gounod’s Faust. Her Metropolitan Opera debut was in 1906, where she appeared in the first Met performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Her voice gave out at 40 from overwork; in all, she gave 95 performances as Madame Butterfly and 58 as Carmen in 16 seasons. Withal, she had a brilliant opera career. Of her singing, The New York Times wrote, “Hers was a startlingly original singing, full of verve and passion....” Capitalizing on her beauty, she appeared in silent movies, starring in more than a dozen films from 1915-1935, including playing Joan of Arc in the 1917 film, Joan the Woman. In 1935-1935, she was the commentator for radio broadcasts from the Met. Her personal life included a seven-year affair with Arturo Toscanini; she is rumored to have had a liaison with Enrico Caruso; and her stormy marriage to actor Lou Tellegan, who was chronically unfaithful, ended in scandal.

The Autobiography of Geraldine Farrar: Such Sweet Compulsion, 1938
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