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Geraldine Farrar in La Tosca
The singer Geraldine Farrar in the opera, La Tosca, riveted audiences in the early 1900s

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Soprano Marie Rappold sing "O patria mia O patria mia" from the Verdi opera Aida

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The Metropolitan Opera House Opened in New York
October 22, 1883

Although composed in French and based on a German poem, Faust was sung in Italian, the favored language of the Metropolitan Opera's early management. If you saw the opera now, "supertitles" on a screen above the stage would provide an English translation of the words, though watching the movement on stage and hearing the emotion of the voices might be enough for you to understand the story. The Metropolitan Opera has attracted amazing voices and talented artists from around the world, like legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini and great singer Geraldine Farrar.
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CREDIT: Torrey, George Burroughs, artist. Geraldine Farrar in La Tosca, ca. 1900-1920. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-D429-48148.
AUDIO CREDIT: Rappold, Marie, performer. “'O Patria Mia' from Verdi's Aida.” Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 1916. Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress.