Marcella Sembrich


Also found in: Wikipedia.

Sembrich, Marcella

 

(pseudonym of Marcelina Kochańska). Born Feb. 18, 1858, in Wisniewczyk, Galicia, present-day Ukrainian SSR; died Jan. 11, 1935, in New York. Polish coloratura soprano.

Sembrich’s musical talent appeared at an early age. She studied piano at the L’vov Conservatory (1869–73) and the Vienna Conservatory (1875–77). In 1875, on the advice of F. Liszt, she began to study singing and became a pupil of V. Rokitansky and G. Lamperti. After making her debut in Athens in 1877, she performed in Dresden (1878) and in London (1880–85). From 1898 to 1909 she sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, also touring Germany, Spain, Russia (first in 1880), the Scandinavian countries, the United States, and France. Sembrich performed more than 40 roles in the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, and Wagner. After retiring from the stage, she taught (from 1924) at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and at the Juilliard School in New York. Sembrich was a famous singer, and her voice was noted for its wide range and rare expressiveness.

REFERENCE

Klein, H. Great Women Singers of My Time. London, 1931.
References in periodicals archive ?
She has also won the Prix Coup de Coeur at the Concours International de Musique de Chambre en Lyon in France, and the first prize in the Kosciuszko Foundation Marcella Sembrich Vocal Competition; moreover she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006.
In her introduction to the edition of The SeaFairies published by Hildegard Publishing, Adrienne Fried Block points out that the sirens might have been understood as some of the great nineteenth-century singers-- Emma Eames, Geraldine F arrar, Marcella Sembrich, and Lillian Nordica are mentioned--cultural heroines who commanded the highest salaries of any musicians.
Through pairings of Louis and Gino Quilico, Ninon Vallin and George Thill, Victor Maurel and Francesco Tamagno, Emma Eames and Marcella Sembrich, Joan Hammond and Marie Collier, Tiana Lemnitz and Meta Seinemeyr, Mario Sammarco and Mariano Stabile, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Pavel Lisistsyan, and Gerhard Husch and Hermann Prey, Steane shares with the reader his thoughts on what makes an inte resting singer.