Personalities | Geraldine Farrar | Turn of the Century | Opera
Farrar made her debut in Faust at the Berlin Königliches Opernhaus. She rapidly acquired a strongly devoted audience who were as enamoured with her looks and stage presence as with her voice. She remained in Berlin until 1906, when she made a successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Farrar retired from the operatic stage in 1922 but continued to make silent films and appear in recitals. Her voice was not to everyone’s taste. Puccini, during the New York premiere of Madama Butterfly, was not the only one to express serious concerns.
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