Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Felix  Mendelssohn, Friedrich von Flotow, Charles Gounod|
Opera in Chicago, Vol. 1
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
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Chicago Opera's Very Own Edith Mason
Doug - Haydn Fan | California | 11/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD represents one of only two CDs of Edith Mason, and may be out of print already. Mason was, with Rosa Ponselle, the finest American soprano of the twenties and thirties. Hers was a lighter more lyric voice than the tremendous dark voice of Ponselle. Here we can hear at least a few selections of a unique and wonderful soprano. Of note is her singing of Butterfly. Many people shake their heads in amazement when they hear her voice - she's that good. I am fortunate in having quite a few of Mason's original 78's and these dubbings are quite good. For a complete collection, including ridiculously rare unpublished takes, search for the Marston set. Anyone interested in American opera singers should hear Mason's art. Mason was terribly unrepresented on records, and was unlucky, too, in her choice of recording companies, Brunswick folding by the start of the depression. Sadly this bad luck carries over to this day.
The other selections of Mary Garden are not as interesting, though Garden is certainly a very well-schooled singer.