Lily Pons


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Noun1.Lily Pons - United States coloratura soprano (born in France) (1904-1976)
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The celebrated French soprano Lily Pons sustained a high F in the final mad scene from Lucia - sung, at her Met debut in 1931, "in legitimate note, not bird whistles or falsetto," according to The New York Post.
The previous highest notes sung at the Met include a high G by Ellen Beach Yaw in 1908 and French soprano Lily Pons with a high F in 1931.
The great Italian soprano Patricia Ciofi takes on the role of Dinorah and serves up some beautiful singing, notably in the endearing Act I Lullaby, the Act II Recitative and Romance, and the familiar rondo aria "Ombre legere" (often called the "Shadow Aria"), which has been recorded by many star sopranos, including Joan Sutherland, Lily Pons and Natalie Dessay.
Some of the world's most accomplished sopranos - including Lily Pons, Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland and Roberta Peters - have gloried in the tragic role of Lucia.
A premiere for our Sarasota opera company, this work by Rimsky-Korsakov derives from a story by Pushkin about a bumbling king employing a magical golden bird; music from it has provided show pieces for such coloraturas as Lily Pons and Beverly Sills.
But why should three of the six Lucia di Lammermoor radio broadcasts feature Joan Sutherland, no matter how glorious her singing--especially if a Met legend like Lily Pons, with more Lucia radio broadcasts than anyone, is crowded out of the field altogether?
Here's a partial list: Sammy Kaye, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, the Trapp Family Singers, Gene Krupa, Guy Lombardo, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Lily Pons, Nelson Eddy, Helen Traubel, Marian Anderson, Lauritz Melchior, John McCormack, and dozens of others.
The cars were an Itala driven by Prince Scipione Borghese of Italy, a Dutch Spyker driven by an unknown named Charles Goddard, a three-wheeler Cyclecar piloted by Lily Pons' father and two French De Dions.