- Desmond Shawe-Taylor
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(b Shanghai, Aug 13, 1865; d New York, June 13, 1952). American soprano. After early studies in Boston and with Mathilde Marchesi in Paris, she made a brilliant début at the Opéra on 13 March 1889 as Gounod’s Juliet , with Jean de Reszke. In 1890 she created Colombe in Saint-Saëns’s Ascanio. After two seasons in Paris, she made both her Covent Garden and her Metropolitan débuts in 1891. During the following decade she sang leading roles in Mozart, Wagner, Gounod and Verdi in London and New York, continuing at the Metropolitan until her farewell to the house, as Tosca, in 1909. Eames’s unexpected retirement from the operatic stage came while she was still at the height of her powers. Her lyric soprano was of singularly pure and beautiful quality, and her technique was masterly. Although sometimes considered cold in timbre and temperament, she was nevertheless admired in such emotional roles as Sieglinde and Tosca. The best of her recordings, including arias from ...