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GERALDINE FARRAR

THE STORY

OF AN AMERICAN SINGER

[Illustration: Photo by Victor Georg

Signature of Geraldine Farrar]

GERALDINE FARRAR

THE STORY

OF AN AMERICAN SINGER

BY

HERSELF

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

[Illustration]

BOSTON AND NEW YORK

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

MDCCCCXVI

COPYRIGHT, 1915 AND 1916, BY THE CURTIS PUBLISHING COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1916, BY GERALDINE FARRAR TELLEGEN

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published March 1916

A DEDICATION

In offering these little sketches of some of the interesting events that have helped shape a career now fairly familiar to the general public, it has not been my intention to weary the indulgent reader with a lengthy dissertation of literary pretension, or tiresome data resulting from the obvious and oft recurring "I."

From out the storehouse of memory, impressions crystallized into form without regard to time or place, and it was more than a passing pleasure to jot them down at haphazard; in the quiet of my library, on the flying train, or again, beneath the witchery of California skies, I scribbled as the mood prompted, as I would converse with an interested and congenial listener.

It is not, perhaps, a New England characteristic to expand in affectionate eulogy for the satisfaction of a curious public, but the threads of these recollections are so closely interwoven with maternal love and devotion, that this volume would be incomplete without its rightful dedication to

MY MOTHER

G. F.

CONTENTS

I. MY LIFE AS A CHILD 1

II. THE DRAMATIC IMPULSE 8

III. I RESOLVE TO SING "CARMEN" 18

IV. MY FIRST DAYS IN MY DREAM WORLD 28

V. I REFUSE TO SING AT THE METROPOLITAN 36

VI. PARIS 42

VII. GERMANY: THE TURNING POINT 50

VIII. IMPERIAL ENCOURAGEMENT 59

IX. ON TOUR; MONTE CARLO AND STOCKHOLM 68

X. MY FOURTH SEASON 77

XI. LEAVING BERLIN 84

XII. MY FIRST APPEARANCE IN NEW YORK 89

XIII. MISUNDERSTANDINGS 99

XIV. THE DAYS I NOW ENJOY 108

ILLUSTRATIONS

" Columbia " ( From a photograph by Ira L. Hill ) Jacket illustration

Geraldine Farrar ( From a recent photograph by Victor Georg ) Frontispiece

Miss Farrar as a Little Girl in Melrose 2

Mr. and Mrs. Sydney D. Farrar 4

Miss Farrar and her First Singing Teacher, Mrs. Long 8

A Young Girl with a Phenomenal Soprano Voice 12

Growing up 16

The Goose Girl and her Flock 22

Calvé as "Carmen" 24

Jean de Reszke 26

Emma Thursby 28

Melba as "Marguerite" 30

Miss Farrar and her Mother 32

Dr. Holbrook Curtis 36

Maurice Grau 38

Five Well known Parts 42

Camille Saint Saëns 46

"I spent the Summer in Brittany" 50

The Royal Opera House, Berlin 52

The Kaiser 54

"My Third Season opened in 'Traviata'" 56

At Frau von Rath's 60

Lilli Lehmann 62

The Crown Prince of Germany 64

Cécile, Crown Princess of Germany, and her Children 66

Massenet 68

Marconi 70

Caruso 72

King Oscar of Sweden 74

"Sans Gêne" 80

"La Tosca" 82

Wolf Ferrari 84

Leaving Berlin 86

Mark Twain 90

"Madame Butterfly" 92

David Belasco 94

Sarah Bernhardt 96

"As Pretty a Flock of Birds as one could find" 100

As the Goose Girl in "Königskinder" 102

Kate Douglas Wiggin 104

Miss Farrar and Caruso in "Julian" 106

As "Carmen" 108

Work and play in California 110

Making New Friends in the Movies 112

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