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Mariska Aldrich Archive
Mariska Aldrich (1881-1965) was an American dramatic soprano singer and actress, born in Boston, Massachusetts. She made her operatic debut at the Manhattan Opera House in 1908 in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. Mariska was the first American-born soprano to become a star with the Metropolitan Opera and the first American to sing all three Brünnhildes of Wagner’s Ring in Germany. After years of singing in Europe and the United States, Madame Aldrich settled in Los Angeles, coaching singers and teaching voice.
The Aldrich Archive contains over 25,000 commercial, out-of-print, and historical recordings; operatic scores and sheet music; periodicals and books about music; and historical photos and ephemera. Madame Aldrich began collecting operatic memorabilia and audio recordings while she was singing opera. Her daughter, Anna Mary Aldrich (Meeka) continued caring for and adding to her mother’s collection, expanding it to its current size. In 1998, the Aldrich Foundation gifted the collection to the University of Utah. To arrange a visit to the Aldrich Archive, please contact us.
The Aldrich Archive recordings are accessible through Usearch, along with other McKay Music Library materials.