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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Rosa Raisa, "World's Greatest Dramatic Soprano", Advertising Folded Paper
A folded paper depicting Rosa Raisa "The World's Greatest Dramatic Soprano", available for Concerts, Recitals, Festivals, etc. Jules Daiber, Exclusive Managerment, Concert Bureau, Aeolian Hall, New York City, Vocalion Records, Mason & Hamlin Piano Used.
Rosa Raisa was born at Bielestock in Russian Poland twenty-five years ago, and like many another true genius advanced herself under most discouraging circumstances. A dramatic experience of her early life was her escape from the Pogram [sic?] that led to the cruel massacre in Kiev. She and her relatives lived hidden in a cellar during that period. She fled to Italy, where she took up the study of music with Madam Marchisio. In August 1913, her teacher brought her to Parma, Italy, for an audition before Maestro Campanini, who engaged her immediately for the Chicago Opera Company.
Rosa Raisa made her debut at Teatre Reggio (the Municipal Operate House of Parma) in Verdi's first opera, "Oberto", the occasion being the centenary celebration of the great Italian composer's birth. The success she made on that occasion destined her to be one of the great singers of the time. A few months later she sang in Philadelphia in "Aida", and during the same season created the role of Queen Isabella playing opposite Titto Ruffo in "Cristoforo Colombo." She is an accomplished linguist, speaking the French, Italian, Russian, Polish, Spanish and English languages fluently, and is a serious student. Her rise has been rapid and she has sung in Covent Garden, London; Grand Opera, Paris; La Scala in Milan; Costanzi Theatre in Rome, and in all the larger cities of Italy. When Puccini heard her two years ago, he personally congratulated her, declaring her voice was adapted to any of his operas, and promised her that she would create the leading role in his new opera, the production of which had been delayed by the war.
During her first two years in grand opera, she mastered twenty-five leading roles in the Italian and French schools. For two seasons before returning to Chicago she had sung with great success at the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires. There she created the leading role in Zandonai's "Francesca da Rimini" and Giordano's "Andrea Chenier," having sung the role of Madeline in the former opera sixty times.
Miss Raisa was also prima donna soprano at the Grand Opera in Mexico City during the summer of 1917.
She has been acclaimed by public and press as the greatest dramatic soprano of the world, which title she has justly earned. During the summer season of 1918, she has won new laurels at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, where she appeared in such operas as "Falstaff", "Aida", "Ballo in Maschero" and in "Norma", which was especially revived for her on account of her exceptional talents. She received an ovation, critics claiming that since the days of Lili Lehmann, there has been no adequate interpreter of this difficult role.
During the Opera season of 1918-19, she will be heard in this opera in America, which is being especially revived for her by the Chicago Opera Co.
Her concern and recital tour with Giacomo Rimini, the Italian baritone, will take these artists to the Coast next Spring.
See a post on a similar advertising piece for baritone Giacomo Rimini.
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