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Dorothy Kirsten

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Like her fellow soprano Eileen Farrell, Kirsten were only available in radio and throughout her career, sang both popular music and opera, but Kirsten was also among the glamour numbers on the Met, following in the footsteps of such sopranos as Geraldine Farrar and Grace Moore, who became her coach. Her voice had not been the most exclusive or powerful musical instruments of that time period, but by concentrating on the jobs that suitable her, like the light to moderate Puccini heroines and her most well-known function, Charpentier’s Louise, she got an extended and distinguished profession, though she seldom appeared beyond your USA. She researched at Julliard and started her singing profession as a favorite vocalist on radio place WINS in 1937, using a 15-minute every week show. A pal of Sophistication Moore’s, struck by her physical and vocal resemblance towards the reigning soprano, wanted to bring in her. Moore asked her to get ready two arias, and Kirsten, who got under no circumstances sung opera before, discovered “Mi chiamano Mimì” and “Quando me’n vo,” therefore impressed Moore that she bankrolled Kirsten’s research in European countries. She returned earlier than anticipated when World Battle II broke out, but Moore organized on her behalf opera debut on the Chicago Opera Business within the comprimario function of Poussette in Massenet’s Manon in 1940. In 1944, she produced her NEW YORK Opera debut in 1944 as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, pursuing that with her Met debut in 1945 as Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème. She continuing to seem on radio, showing up with stars such as for example Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nelson Eddy, and Perry Como, and she produced two movies, Mr. Music, in 1950, as well as the famous THE FANTASTIC Caruso, in 1951, co-starring with Mario Lanza. Her last stage appearance was at the Met, as Tosca, in 1976.

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Full Name Dorothy Kirsten
Died November 18, 1992, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Dr. John D. French, Eugene R. Chapman, Edward Oates
Music Songs Someone To Watch Over Me, Valse Duet: I Love You So, Duet: The Cavalier, Opening Chorus And Song: Villa, Door of My Dreams, All The Things You Are, From: "Very Warm For May", Entrance Song And Chorus: In Marsovia, I'm Old Fashioned, From: "You Were Never Lovelier", Depuis le jour, Yesterdays, From: "Roberta", Overture/Sands Of Time/Rhymes Have I, Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, Act II: Opening Chorus and Song: Vilia, Manon Lescaut: Act IV, Long Ago, And Far Away From: "Cover Girl", Finale, Look For The Silver Lining, From: "Sally", Don't Ever Leave Me, From: "Sweet Adeline", Dearly Beloved, From: "You Were Never Lovelier", Chorus of Students: Drinking Song and Concerted Number, I Wonder as I Wander, Finale Act I, The Merry Widow, Act I: Finale, The Merry Widow, Act I: Duet: A Dutiful Wife, Duet: Deep in My Heart, Dear, The Merry Widow, Act I: Entrance Song: In Marsovia, The Merry Widow, Act II: Opening Chorus And Song; Duet: The Cavalier; March - Septet: Women; Duet; Duet; Romance: Love In My Heart; Finale, Si, mi chiamano Mimi, Joy to the World, I've Told Ev'ry Little Star, From: "Music In The Air", The Merry Widow, Act I: Maxim's, Duet: "He'll Take You To Maxim's"
Albums Rose Marie, Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Recorded Live 1960), Puccini: Tosca (New York 1952), Giacomo Puccini : Madama Butterfly (Live Recording New York 16.04.1960), The Merry Widow, Puccini: Manon Lescaut, Lebendige Vergangenheit - Dorothy Kirsten, Songs from Mr. Music, Lehar, F.: Merry Widow [Operetta] (Sung in English) (Highlights) (1952), Faust (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: Fausto Cleva), Vintage Vocal Jazz / Swing No. 120 - EP: Sings Songs Of Jerome Kern
Movies The Great Caruso


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1 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6331 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2 She spent her final years trying to find a cure for Alzheimers.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Batman 1968 TV Series Leonora Sotto Voce
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959 TV Series
Matinee Theatre 1956 TV Series Jenny Lind
All Star Revue 1953 TV Series Guest Opera Vocalist
The Great Caruso 1951 Louise Heggar
Mr. Music 1950 Dorothy Kirsten
Happy Days 1929 Chorus Woman

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Great Caruso 1951 performer: "Trio Finale", "In Questa Tomba", "Sweethearts", "Sextette", "Finale" - uncredited
Mr. Music 1950 performer: "Accidents Will Happen"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mario Lanza: The American Caruso 1983 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1952-1966 TV Series Herself / Herself - Opera Soprano / Opera Singer
Girl Talk 1964 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1958-1959 TV Series Herself
The Jack Benny Program 1957 TV Series Herself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1952-1954 TV Series Herself - Opera Star / Herself - Opera Singer / Actress / ...
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Herself - Singer
Wonderful Town, U.S.A. 1952 TV Series Herself
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue 1951 TV Series Herself

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Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Moments in Opera 1997 TV Movie Herself

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