Monthly Archives: May 2013

Singing for Conried’s Man, It is an Audition! 1903

When I was younger and relatives might mention for a moment to friends or strangers, “Oh my grandmother was an Opera singer for the Met.”  It almost always beget a deeply intoned questioned “Really?” and in turn someone else would … Continue reading

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Mrs. Schirmer’s Watchful Eye

Edith Vail Ross lived with Mrs. Schirmer on W. 56th Street in New York City in 1903. She was busy taking voice lessons with Mr. Desci and had recently added dramatic voice lessons with Miss Collins. She kept a full … Continue reading

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English or Met?, Looking for an Opera Company, 1903

English Opera OR Metropolitan Opera This was the choice that Edith Vail Ross was facing in the early summer of 1903. Edith wanted an artistic home somewhere with a company, but just where was proving elusive for her. Edith’s wide … Continue reading

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Knocking on the Door, Met Opera, NYC 1903

On the morning of June 8, 1903 Edith Vail Ross entered the Metropolitan Opera House at 1411 Broadway with her friend Charlie, who introduced her to his acquaintance Mr. Dodd, an employee at the House. Edith made it clear to Mr. … Continue reading

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Singing Handel at Five Points, June 1903

Edith Vail Ross excitedly wrote home to Rutland, Vermont about her successful Sunday afternoon peformance singing “Come Unto Him” at the Five Points House of Industry on June 14, 1903. The week beforehand she had been racked by nerves that … Continue reading

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Romeo & Juliet – A Waltz on Piano

Sometimes, on a Saturday,it is a really good idea to play music and let the mind wander. Here is eight minutes of Paul Eisler playing the Romeo and Juliet Waltz. Such a gift this recording is! If I let my … Continue reading

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Opportunity at Five Points

Edith Vail Ross kept up a steady correspondence with her parents in Rutland, Vermont in 1903. She had made progress over the last year in New York City learning new songs and gaining experience in auditions and listing to other … Continue reading

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