GLADYS SWARTHOUT-GLAMOUR-1936 DBL.WEIGHT 8X10 VINTAGE ORIGINAL W/DOG-CAPTION

Category Entertainment Memorabilia Movie Memorabilia Photographs Pre-1940 Black & White

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Location Sierra Madre, California 910** US

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Size 8x10

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GLADYS SWARTHOUT (DECEMBER 25, 1900 IN DEEPWATER, MISSOURI – JULY 7, 1969 IN FLORENCE, ITALY) WAS AN AMERICAN MEZZO-SOPRANO OPERA SINGER AND ACTRESS.WHILE STUDYING AT THE BUSH CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC IN CHICAGO, A GROUP OF FRIENDS ARRANGED AN AUDITION FOR HER WITH THE CHICAGO CIVIC OPERA COMPANY. MUCH TO HER SURPRISE, SHE ENDED UP WITH A CONTRACT, THOUGH AT THE TIME SHE DIDN'T KNOW A SINGLE OPERATIC ROLE. WHEN SHE DEBUTED A FEW MONTHS LATER, SHE HAD MEMORIZED 23 PARTS AND PARTICIPATED IN OVER HALF OF THE SEASON'S OPERAS.SHE SANG FOR THE RAVINIA OPERA COMPANY OF CHICAGO FOR THREE SEASONS. SHE SANG CARMEN IN APRIL 1928 IN CHICAGO WITH THE AMERICAN OPERA COMPANY, OF WHICH HER FUTURE HUSBAND, FRANK M. CHAPMAN JR., WAS A MEMBER. IN 1929, SHE MADE HER DEBUT WITH THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN OPERA COMPANY, WHERE SHE SANG IN OVER 270 PERFORMANCES UNTIL HER GALA FAREWELL ON APRIL 16, 1966.SWARTHOUT'S ROLE AS CARMEN WAS WELL RESPECTED. SHE REGULARLY WORKED EIGHT HOURS A DAY WITH VOCAL COACHES, AND WOULD SPEND AN HOUR OR MORE SINGING DUETS WITH HER HUSBAND, FRANK CHAPMAN, ALSO AN OPERA SINGER. SHE ALSO ADVOCATED INFLATING BALLOONS AND BLOWING BUBBLES TO STRENGTHEN HER LUNGS. SHE ALSO WROTE A SEMI-AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL ENTITLED COME SOON, TOMORROW: THE STORY OF A YOUNG SINGER FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1943 THAT WENT THROUGH AT LEAST SEVEN PRINTINGS.
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