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Sembrich, Marcella

Born: 1858 AD
Died: 1935 AD
2.9 (58.82%) 17 votes

1858 – Born on the 15th of February in Wisnieczyk, Galicia, Austria-Hungary.

1874 – She played and sang, is said to have encouraged her to develop her voice.

1877 – She made her operatic debut in Athens as Elvira in Vincenzo Bellini’s I puritani.

1880 – Sembrich signed a five-year contract with the Royal Italian Opera company in London and made her debut at Covent Garden in Lucia di Lammermoor.

1883 – She also performed in Austria, Russia, Scandinavia, France, and Spain and made her American debut singing Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City during its premiere season in October.

1884 – On the last night of the season, in April, she amazed the audience at a benefit concert by singing a selection from Giovanni Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, playing a movement from a concerto by Charles-Auguste de Bériot on the violin, and, as an encore, playing a mazurka by Frédéric Chopin on the piano.

1898-1909 – She returned to the Metropolitan and remained a member of that company until her farewell opera performance.

1917 – Sembrich continued to give concerts, the year of her husband’s death.

1924 – She devoted herself to teaching, both privately and at the Juilliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

1935 – Died on the 11th of January in New York, N.Y., U.S.

2.9 (58.82%) 17 votes