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Alice Josephine Pons (Pons Lily)

Born: 1904 AD
Died: 1976 AD, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Singer


1898 - Born in Draguignan near Cannes on the 12th of  April.

1925 - She started taking singing lessons from Alberti de Gorostiaga in Paris.

1928 - She successfully made her operatic debut in the role of Léo Delibes' Lakmé at Mulhouse and went on to sing several coloratura roles in French provincial opera houses.

1931 - On the 3rd of January, the unknown French girl made an unheralded Met debut as Lucia in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Against all odds, her performance received tremendous acclaim. She became a star overnight. She also signed a recording contract with RCA Victor Records.

1931 - Pons was a principal soprano at the Met for thirty years, appearing 300 times in ten roles.

1934 - She sang in the opera's Met premiere on the 1st of March.

1938 - She was married to the conductor André Kostelanetz. During World War II, she toured the battlefields of North Africa and East Asia. Her country of birth awarded her the Croix de Lorraine and the Légion d'Honneur.

1940 - She became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

1960 - Her last performance at the Met, on the 14th of December, she sang "Caro nome" from Rigoletto as part of a gala performance.

1976 - Died on the 13th of February, of pancreatic cancer in Dallas, Texas at the age of 77, and her remains were brought back to her birthplace to be interred in the Cimetière du Grand Jas in Cannes on the French Riviera.


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