Frances Alda was born in Christchurch and was named Fanny Jane Davis. Her mother died when Fanny was four and she raised in Melbourne by her musical grandparents.Click to Edit Description
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Fanny was a musically gifted child. When Fanny was twenty-two years old she left for Europe, determined to fight though the European opera life. Fanny changed her to a more Italian style, Frances Alda.Click to Edit Description
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Today on the radio we have.... Frances Alda!
While she was traveling to New York, she married Giulo Gatti-Casazza, [he is the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera.]Click to Edit Description
Frances Alda what a loyal and proud citizen of New Zealand Opera.
She sang many performances including Covent Gardens, La Scala, Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme, she sang 80 times in that performance and The Metropolitan Opera with 369 performances over her 35 year career.
She was a supporter for the women's rights in the music career and for young music artists. She was one of the first opera singers to appear on the radio.
Frances Alda dies in Venice at the age of 73. She spent most of her life over seas around many countries. Frances Alda will remain a proud and loyal New Zealander to all.